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Appeals Court Blocks FCC's Public Broadband Expansion Plans
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hho927
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hho927,
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8/16/2016 | 2:01:12 PM
Re: Broadband Competition
Level 3 sells to anybody. Big Telco sells only to sub-sellers and end users.

ATT pulled the line to our company free. The next door knocked on our doors and said ATT wants 15 grands for pulling the fiber line into the block. We should share the cost. I was like "What!!!!! The main line is 1 block away.  We have fiber & didn't cost us anything except a long term contract."
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8/15/2016 | 8:16:38 AM
Re: Broadband Competition
I thought that if they laid the fiber that they had to allow other carriers to lease it and this is why we only see Google racing to install fiber in select cities and see municipalities running their own fiber.  It is expensive to run so no one wants to take the initial hit.  The funny thing though is that the carriers typically charge one customer for that initial run then everyone jumps on.  When I had fiber pulled into your building I worked out a deal with our carrier that we didn't pay a flat fee up front but signed an extended term contract to make sure they recovered their costs through our service contact.  After the fiber was pulled, I got calls from every ISP in the area offering me fiber.  Things may be different in the consumer broadband arena but having no real options in most of the country is very irritating. 
hho927
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8/12/2016 | 2:13:12 PM
Re: Broadband Competition
If you run new fiber lines (like Google) in areas, then you're allowed to shut others out of your lines.

If it's not your lines, you can't use it. Build yours.

I don't see anything wrong with that.

Companies hesitate to run new lines because it's very difficult to uproot establishments. It's all business decision. They don't want to touch areas likely give them bad ROI.

It's like building the bullet train from nowhere to where in California. ROI will be negative. Govn't forced it down our throats (higher & higher taxes)

BTW: Thanks to FCC my dsl line now is much slower.
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8/12/2016 | 8:31:24 AM
Broadband Competition
""In the past 18 months, over 50 communities have taken steps to build their own bridges across the digital divide," Wheeler continued. "The efforts of communities wanting better broadband should not be thwarted by the political power of those who, by protecting their monopoly, have failed to deliver acceptable service at an acceptable price.""

 

This is exactly why this ruling is important, we have many people who want to compete in this market but they are being shut out by the entrenched providers.  We had a similar fight over telephone lines decades ago and all we heard was how horrible everything was going to be, yet service improved and rates dropped.  Now the wired telephone is becoming a thing of the past and I think the broadband providers need to think long and hard about that.  They are fighting for control of copper cables that will soon be obsolete.  If they don't want to pull fiber but someone else does, then they need to get out of the way.  They can hug their networks and squeeze every last penny out of them but at the rate they are moving cellular connections into the home are going to pass them in performance and price, at that point they are sunk.


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