[Ma-linux] OT: Verizon FiOS TOS
edjames at greenbelt.com
Fri Aug 3 08:08:23 EDT 2007
Or another way of looking at it...when AT&T built their pipes into a
monopoly, it wasn't "fair" that they hogged the pipes, so pipes were
eventually shared. Today, one can look at telecommunications and
actually see that there are three types of pipes - phone company,
cable company, wireless company. I sorta prefer this view, since
if there is only one set of pipes (as in just twisted copper), the
competitors STILL had to deal with (ie, go thru) the pipemaster.
Three sets of pipes gives more pipemasters, which is more likely to
be competitive. Of course, there will be circumstances where one type
of pipe is better than others, due to geography, population density,
etc., but that's a problem for another day.
Quoting Matt Bidwell <bidwell at dead-city.org>:
> I think it's a lot simpler then that. Being the common carrier,
> the phone company (which when it was installed was "The Phone Company")
> has to provide it's competitors access to the copper. Since the fiber
> was installed by Verizon, without any subsidy from the government and
> in an open market place, they do not have to give access to another
> company. And by cutting the copper, they also get to cut off all
> their competitors.
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