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Cable TV: The Monopoly That Keeps On Taking
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User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2014 | 3:56:51 PM
Re: What about munis?
Yes, this is a prime example of what used to be called a natural monopoly. Just as it's impractical to have more than one sewer line, water line or electric line, it's almost as impractical to have more than one high-speed data line on the phone poles or underground. As it is now, where I live in Brookline, MA, things are so tight that when they have to dig to fix the sewers, there's good chance they'll also hit an electric line or knock out the internet/cable line by accident.

The thought of buying my internet access from the Town makes me chuckle  - and wince. We have a large body of politically correct busybodies who would just love to tell me what I can and cannot watch and download. The battles would be tiresome and amusing at the same time.

Yesterday, somebody mentioned using overhead drones, flying at 65,000 feet, to provide internet service in the 3rd World. I asked then, and I ask again - could such a system provide enough bandwidth to be practical for heavy data users such as most of us are?
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
3/5/2014 | 10:56:03 AM
What about munis?
Some municipalities provide electric and other utilities. If you decide that internet access is in fact a utility, why can't cities and counties start providing connectivity in the same way they deliver water and sewer?
User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2014 | 10:31:09 AM
Re: How about BPL?
BPL still requires fiber to the node.  The only thing that's over the power line is the last few hundred or one thousand feet.  Everytime I see BPL solutions, a whole host of RF complaints surface because power line esgress is horrendous.

What would probably be more attractive is fiber to the node and then some kind of whitespace wireless to the home.  Perhaps this could be a mesh network and could involve future meters that include two radio chips.  One for the FTTN -> meter whitespace mesh and one that's a WiFi hotspot for the home owner.
User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2014 | 10:09:04 AM
Church and State
That's crazy money just for watching TV, and people complain about it here in the UK where it works out at around $20 a month for basic Freeview and $50 or so for simple cable packages. 

Still, I think we're a bit luckier here compared to the monopolies you face, as while there are dominant companies in several aspects of the game, like Sky, Virgin and BT technology often runs behind all of it, it's all competitive enough that costs have been going down for a long time and there's certainly enough people that dislike News Corp to the point that they'd never use its Sky or NowTV service. 

Here here to more competition. 
User Rank: Apprentice
3/5/2014 | 10:03:40 AM
How about BPL?
Broadband over power lines would be a more cost effective way to deliver high speed broadband to all with the existing infrastructure.

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