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Santa Monica, CA
reply to quetwo
said by quetwo:Your assertion is simply untrue. said by elray:
And the Left fails to grasp or accept that rural consumers are unwilling to pay rates sufficient to attract competing vendors.
GOP respects consumer's rights to NOT purchase services they don't want, unlike the current regime, which will
fine tax you if you don't buy their "affordable care" policy.
Then how do the laws that were passed preventing
rural communities from establishing their own broadband networks come into play with all this. One of the big elephants in the room is that the big telcos have lobbied extremely hard in many states to prevent local, rural communities from starting their own ISPs, by local votes, by their own community members. These are often areas that want the service but the telcos are unwilling to serve them due to population density -- or it just plain doesn't fit their market plan.
Rural communities are not prevented from establishing their own broadband networks. Only the local government.
There are several avenues to form your own broadband service without using the government, and hundreds of communities have done just that, whether or not it is fiscally advisable.
It isn't that telco is unwilling to serve; customers are unwilling to pay the rates necessary to support the service. That's not a condemnation, its simple math. Low-density rural broadband has much higher costs per household, wired or wireless, while rural people are more likely to not subscribe.
We can and should continue to dialogue on the 21st-century meaning of "universal service", which may mean more than just dialtone... but does it mean the rest of us have to subsidize every rural household $10K to plumb fiber, and ongoing subsidies to buy down the monthly rate to $30/month from the real-world cost of $100+?
I don't think so.
said by elray:Likewise. What rock have you lived under, as you clearly missed the Telcos lobbying, state after state, (R) legislator to prevent any county from installing their own FTTH network.
Your assertion is simply untrue.
Once again, if a telco is unwilling to service a county or adequately, why should they (i.e. Americans) be prevented from installing and operating their own network???
Nobody is asking some twit from Santa Monica to fund anything. Rather, communities want the right deliver a service, when your beloved private sector has failed; as it does so frequently.
I just love how AT&T and South Carolina legislation defines broadband at 190 kb/s. Way to keep us in the 20th century along with blue laws.
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Mount Airy, MD
reply to Telco
said by Telco:Yes... any government from doing it. Any private interest can still do it. There is no law that prevents any private individual, organization or entity from setting up and operating a private broadband or cable provider.
Likewise. What rock have you lived under, as you clearly missed the Telcos lobbying, state after state, (R) legislator to prevent any county from installing their own FTTH network.
That is, unless of course your beloved government decides to stop it.
Romney/Ryan 2012 - Put a couple of mature adults in charge.