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User Rank: Apprentice
2/6/2014 | 3:07:54 PM
Collusion or Conglomeration? ISPs are regional monopolies. Get the Fiber Rollout on track
"unless there's massive collusion among backbone providers"


you mean like the type of collusion that occurs when Time Warner buys AOL?  or when Comcast buys Time Warner?


its the trajectory that pushes the industry towards the type of monopolistic practices of the telecom giant era.  What happens when the other ISPs have to follow suite to compete?


and while there is competition amongst ISPs at the national level, there is limited or zero competition at the regional level, especially when you consider different levels of service.


residential customers are, effectively, at the whim of a regional monopoly..... you live in city A?  then your ISP == Cox.  You live in city B?  then your ISP == Comcast.

while alternatives - such as myriad small dialup/DSL providers that utilize the preexisting copper telephone infrastructure, satellite/phone (down/up), and cellular broadband - exist for residential customers, they don't compete with the regional ISP's level of service.

small dialup/DSL providers cant compete with the services offered through coaxial copper (Cable) or fiber to the curb from an ISP like Comcast or Verizon.  Satellite requires a massive investment in infrastructure (the dish, the dish's "modem," and a dialup modem for upstream).  Cellular broadband requires an investment in infrastructure (your smartphone or modem) and the usage costs are enormous.


BTW:  the real solution is to get the ISPs in gear and to roll out fiber for real.  not the miniscule roll out to a select few regions.  Roll it out everywhere.

Fiber infrastructure throughout the US will effectively eliminate the need for congestion related throttling because the overall network bandwidth will increase by at least two orders of magnitude.

it wont become an issue again until people have 8k or 12k 3D streams and holographic video games.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/6/2014 | 2:21:30 PM
net neutrality carriers will win.
i think you have missed the point compleatly.. its not bandwidth... its fees...

the carriers can and you can bet will double dip.. they will charge the content providers and the comsumers a fee for better bandwidth and in some cases even which content they will deliever.  

they already have the patents and the means to do it.. and have for several years.. the internet will become only a place for those that can afford it.. 

like sat tv and cable you ll get to pick a package. and i am sure you ll love paying for the channel that gives you a wall so you can watch paint dry.. 

the fcc should make all carriers common carriers.. and let the state puc's regulate them.  pots is almost gone and then when wire lines are totally gone they will charge and provide what ever they want for what ever they want.

look at NJ.. some of those hit hardest by the storms will not have any wire lines replaced.  its already a done deal in one of them. 


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