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Jan 06, 2006

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laurence haughton

They [the telecom people] knew that the lion's share of the money would likely be going to content providers and only a fraction would be left for them way back in the late 1990s. I have the report in my hands.
But they and their investors choose to close their eyes and hope it wouldn't come true. They didn't innovate, they cut costs and stood still.
The only fair return for wearing blinders, refusing to read the handwriting on the wall, and being risk adverse is to loose money (lots of it). It's karma. Don't bail their investors and managers out and don't let the government protect their monopoly.

jeff

Couldn't agree more.

The one thing that really pisses me off is how toothless the FCC has been when it comes to promoting real competition. The 1996 Telecom Act was supposed to be the watershed event to new services, choice, and better value, instead it has become something the incumbants have distorted and misused to simply maintain their positions. We still don't have broadband that is fast enough or cheap enough or available from a range of suppliers, the menu of digital services is bare when compared to many countries never mind the South Koreas of the world, and the development of new products is stymied by a handful of companies that own the market. Witness the delay and eventual disappointment in getting an iTunes enabled mobile handset... the carriers demands for a bigger slice of the pie resulted in a suck ass service that costs twice as much as plain old iTunes.

I used to have hope that cable broadband would dislodge the telcos, I'm not so sure anymore.

laurence haughton

True all sadly true.

But what have you heard about the last mile via the electrical grid connection. I've heard faint noise about using our home ac connection wiring for high speed internet for several years but nothing firm.

And wireless still could solve the last mile problem.

There's still plenty of dark fiber waiting to get lit.

jeff

that's why I get excited about WiMax, imagine having public spectrum wireless broadband that has the range of a modern cell tower.

http://sapventures.typepad.com/main/2004/09/making_the_case.html

For all the talk about telcos having "infrastructure" it has rarely been acknowledged in public debates that wireless technology makes much of that 100 year buildout obsolete. More importantly, broadband wireless completely redines the industry and how consumers are tethered to vendors.

docsharp01

Good article. As far as DSL lines are considered, one should consider using T1 Internet Service because it provides the fastest internet connection available.
http://www.1-satellite-tv-facts.com/T1-Internet-Service.html

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