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Cable And Telephone Companies Distort Reality
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Christopher Mitchell
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Christopher Mitchell,
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8/9/2012 | 8:15:40 PM
re: Cable And Telephone Companies Distort Reality
Let's not forget that these cable and telephone companies have also pushed laws in many states to outlaw communities from building their own networks. Some 19 states now limit local authority to build their own networks - they are listed at http://www.muninetworks.org/co...

These companies are some of the most hated in America and yet have the power to convince states to restrict and outlaw their competition. It is pretty amazing actually.
Andrew Hornback
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8/9/2012 | 2:07:10 AM
re: Cable And Telephone Companies Distort Reality
That brings to mind an occasion when I was living in Upstate NY (the part that exists beyond the Bronx). The little town that I lived in was innundated by Verizon service installation trucks - they dug up the mainstreet and put fiber optic cable underground. I was quite excited that we were going to be some kind of testing location for this new FiOS thing. Come to find out that not enough people would get on the bandwagon (they wouldn't wire an apartment building until 100% of the location bought in, and with so many folks using satellite providers, it was a very tough sell) so they used another locality, across the Hudson River, as one of the very first FiOS locations.

Of course, I also remember a group of us hatching a plan to start an Internet Service Provider in Eastern Tennessee about 10-12 years ago. Somehow, QWest got wind of the idea and wanted to provide us with technology that would allow us to piggyback on the local power grid - but we would need to get all of the local approvals to make that work. No need to build a high speed distribution network, just plug a good sized pipe into the head end of the electrical grid and distribute Internet connectivity to every household in the jurisdiction. Great idea, but that technology never materialized and somewhat went the way of the Dodo (at least I've never heard of it being deployed on a large scale, maybe it has...)

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