I heard about this on the 5pm news... this is not good, as we know what
the big companies do when they have a chance. They screw us over so they
can make more money.
Imagine being blocked by your ISP because they provide a competing
While on the surface this is not good, but competition is the word.
Today people are not tied to one internet provider. As with newspapers
if the user does not like the politics and policies of the provider they
go with someone else.
Compare the incomes of Fox News to NBC and some of the other government
networks. NBC has recently restructured because of financial losses.
Look at the Liberal newspapers. They are losing readers, and are
financially cutting back because of the lack of income.
We recently dropped the Raleigh News and Observer because of their
editorial policies. Both of my daughters no longer subscribe. They
are starting to feel the pinch, and some weeks they are calling everyday
for us to resubscribe.
Thank GOD the government has not taken complete control of our
businesses and industry, and we still have some degree of Capitalism
working in our society.
Really, I have two choices..
Century Link DSL
And Service Electric Cable, which is only one way, so I still need a
dial up for Century Link...
I had that cable one way once, it was awful, down half the time.
When someone is in the boonies like I am there are really no options.
It's too expensive. I'm out in farm country and it's just that way.
For people in populous areas will be offered competition, we in the
outlying areas won't be, as there has been no desire by anyone to offer
Why do you think it will create competition? Years ago there were so
many ISP's. They for the most part have been killed off by the big guys,
and their ability to provide high speed internet much easier and cheaper
than other companies buying the services from them.
In the late 90s early 21st century there were indeed hundreds, maybe
thousandso fo small, independent ISPs. Many of these were even offering
DSL using the major telecoms lines. The majors did not like this and
Verizon, ATT, all the big players lobbied federal and state legilatures
for tax breaks and other favorable laws and regulations with the promise
that by 2000 or so (my recollection of the timeline may be off a few years
either way) some very high percentage of the US population would have
high speed internet available at their home. The small ISPs withered and
went out of business or refocused their product lines, as the new laws
made it unprofitable for them, but very profitable for the majors.
The promised HS internet was not delivered on schedule, many areas today
still don't have it available. It took the threat posed by the
TV cable industry to finally force the majors to start deploying FIOS
and other next-gen HS internet solutions. Now the big telecoms charge
big bucks for the HS service even though American consumers essentially
paid them to build the infrastructure for it 10 years ago. The money
was paid but the product was never delivered. A small investment in
campaign contributions and lobbying by the telecoms has been repaid to
them by orders of magnitude.
There are no stupid questions, but there are lots of stupid answers.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
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