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Re: What do we mean when we say "competition?"

  • From: Henry Yen
  • Date: Sat Nov 26 17:22:52 2005

On Wed, Nov 16, 2005 at 08:58:45AM -0800, David Barak wrote:

[ snip ]

> Anecdote: A co-worker is getting Verizon FTTH, and
> they have to dig about a 3/4 mile trench to his house
> (he's rural).  He's not being charged for the
> installation, even though it'll be several years
> before it pays for itself.  It's hard to see that as
> an example of a {big | evil} monopoly which is hurting
> consumers.

In (at least) the Long Island, NY market, Verizon FTTH/FIOS installers
physically cut and decommission the copper upon fiber install.
Bye-bye DSL competition.  Since they won't bring back the copper
even you don't like the FIOS service, it's permanent.  ISTR that
the fiber doesn't carry the same restrictions on Verizon as copper
did, which is a big incentive (for them) to roll out FIOS that way.

Henry Yen                                       Aegis Information Systems, Inc.
<[email protected]>                        Hicksville, New York