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by Revcb 07:22PM Thursday Mar 08 2012

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mythology
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Seneca, SC

At&t is trying to block community fiber in South Carolina.

South Carolina bill H. 3508, would hamstring communities from setting up fiber networks that are attracting hundreds of millions of dollars of new investments from digital economy businesses like Amazon.com in the nearby state of Tennessee.

»stopthecap.com/2012/01/17/call-t···-phones/

DataRiker
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Re: At&t is trying to block community fiber in South Carolina.

Broadband has reached such a stagnant backwards tending state due to access and influence of the few and powerful.

I see no problems with local governments getting involved in broadband. I see a HUGE problem with the federal government getting involved with broadband.

I'm glad Dampier is still fighting the good fight. Thanks for posting the link.
CXM_Splicer
Looking at the bigger picture
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Re: At&t is trying to block community fiber in South Carolina.

I agree, community level broadband (and even video & telephone) is definitely do-able. I liked Kearnstd's idea in the Minnesota thread a couple of days ago... cable companies (or Verizon, whatever) should not be allowed to sue (or have legislation passed) unless they have 100% penetration. Even then, the whole idea of legislating away competition is anti-capitalistic and shouldn't be allowed at all.

How about dealing with the issue at the video franchise level? Communities that wanted to build their own networks can refuse to renew a franchise; poof... cable company out of business. Anything a corporation can do, communities/non-profits/PEOPLE can do better.

wesm
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Redmond, WA

Prepare Now For The Giga Home?

Great, and what will I connect this "giga home" to? I'm lucky to live in a market with FiOS--Frontier's version, but it still works--but what if I move 5 minutes east where only 3mbps DSL is offered by Qwest? I suppose there's always Comcast and their 250GB cap.

Ah, "choice."
Kearnstd
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Mullica Hill, NJ
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Re: Prepare Now For The Giga Home?

well they are thinking of the future.

Sadly the investors of those whom provide your bandwidth do not have the wide vision that scientists do.

But thankfully R&D teams do not have the narrow vision that investors do or we would still have B&W television and computers would take up entire buildings and consume gigawatts of electricity while being less powerful than the smartphone in your pocket.
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