Comments on: Who’s afraid of Comcast? http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: willid3 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/#comment-16556 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:44:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=2512#comment-16556 really? you dont think that maybe just maybe that having to expend a lot of capital to actually install a lot of wire wouldnt be a disincentive to new providers? even if the cities didnt grant a grant a monopoly license for their city would there really have been any competition and would there have been any better service? and I just wonder if that city grant wasnt really what the CATV industry wanted? after all they were going invest a lot, with a substantial chance of failure? its not like we hadn’t seen how natural monopolies (phone, power, etc. hm. they all require investment of a lot of money to lay power lines. would any business do that unless they had a better than 80% chance of success). and Google is proving that only with extreme prodding do the CATV and phone companies actually improve their services. but improving their prices? not hard for them to do

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By: SR37212 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/#comment-16555 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:37:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=2512#comment-16555 It would have been nice to mention that Chattanooga Tennessee already has 1Gb/sec and not just within the city but county wide availability. Or that Comcast, AT&T are fighting tooth and nail to prevent six more counties in Tennessee from joining Chattanooga.

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By: KenG_CA http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/#comment-16554 Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:13:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=2512#comment-16554 You haven’t provided any examples of how eliminating regulations would encourage cable companies to improve their service or lower their prices. You are making the (incorrect) assumption that regulations are preventing competitors from challenging incumbent service providers, when it is really a lack of capital and ignorance.

Google did not enter the residential fiber market because they wanted to make billions from offering this service; their intent was to prove to service providers that fiber internet service could be profitable, in the hopes that the incumbents would upgrade their services so Americans could receive the benefits of a first world communications infrastructure. Since their initial venture in Kansas City did not convince the telcos and cable companies, they expanded their footprint, but even with their financial muscle, their ability to grow that footprint is minimal (what’s really needed is Apple’s billions of dollars of cash, far greater than Google’s bankroll, to be turned into fiber to the home).

Regulations are not preventing or discouraging telcos and cable companies from improving their internet service; that is just what happens when executives choose not to make investments that keep their infrastructure current. If you owned a hotel and didn’t paint it or replace furniture for 20 years, your business would suffer. That doesn’t happen when you have a monopoly. Google is proving that those investments would pay off, but their competitors won’t do anything until they are forced to (see Austin, Texas, for an example of what happens to internet service when Google announced they were going there next).

A lot of businesses, large and small, complain about how regulations keep them from efficiently running their business and discouraging investment, but they NEVER give examples of those bad ol’ regulations. They just want all regulations to go away, so every state can have a water supply like the toxic one in West Virginia, or an explosives, I mean fertilizer, factory next to their elementary school blow up. I don’t doubt there are regulations that should be eliminated, but those should be highlighted, instead of this call for blanket de-regulation. That has never worked anywhere, any time.

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By: rikfre http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/#comment-16552 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:39:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=2512#comment-16552 are you on their payroll…?

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By: njglea http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/02/19/whos-afraid-of-comcast/#comment-16550 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:47:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=2512#comment-16550 Less regulation? Let Google dominate the field instead of Comcast? Ridiculous.

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