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Re: [funsec] Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users (fwd)

  • From: Roland Dobbins
  • Date: Tue Mar 13 13:57:30 2007
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On Mar 13, 2007, at 10:10 AM, Daniel Senie wrote:

As with the deployment of telephone service a century ago, the ubiquitious availability of broadband service will require government involvement in the form of fees on some and subsidies for others (might be a good use for the funds Massachusetts is trying to extract from Verizon for property tax on telephone poles, I suppose). Otherwise, we'll see the broadband providers continue to cherry pick the communities to service, and leave others in the digital dustbowl.

Various rural phone companies aside, the majority of this was accomplished in the U.S. via a regulated monopoly, and in many other countries via a government-owned regulated monopoly. Do you believe that's necessary and/or desirable in order to make broadband ubiquitous? How do longer-range wireless technologies like WiMAX potentially impact the equation?

Roland Dobbins <[email protected]> // 408.527.6376 voice

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