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FCC Looks to Quash MetroPCS, Verizon Lawsuits

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Top message:  even if we disagree on where the regulation comes from by mkl4466   Jan 28, 2011, 8:53 PM

Replying to:  Re: No, you're thinking of it only one way by lollipop   Feb 1, 2011, 3:52 PM

Re: No, you're thinking of it only one way

by Menno    Feb 1, 2011, 4:16 PM

You mentioned comcast. Here's the thing about national telecoms: They're GOVERNMENT MANDATED monopolies.

The same is true with Time Warner, etc. Do you have any idea the amount of red tape FIOS had to go through to offer TV services in areas with comcast? This isn't comcast saying no, these are municipalities who underwrote the cost of the cable networks and gave a company exclusivity in exchange for a kickback.

In areas where Fios and other alternatives exist, comcasts customer service is actually remarkably better. At my first apartment I had comcast or sattilite. It took me forever to get anything done. Down here where they are competing with Fios the customer service is much better.

That state internet? who are they competing with? A state agency that has competition can be run efficiently. One without competition (of which I consider comcast a part since they are a government sanctioned monopoly) will never run well. See: US Post office, VA, etc.

Or look at canada, where their version of the FCC just basically said that ISP's should cap data at 60gb/mo to ensure optimal usage. that's the other side of the coin people here arn't seeing.

You're confusing "unlimited" internet with "open" internet. The two have next to nothing in common. I'm all for an "Open" internet, but it's increasingly expensive to keep an unlimited internet. Ask ANY ISP for their distrobution of what % of their users consumes the most bandwidth. In every case it's

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