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Do the Verizon/Cable Transactions Spell the End of “Facilities-Based” Competition?

February 23, 2012 Fiber , Spectrum , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo , Wireless

The Verizon/cable deals are a bad deal for consumers and a sad sign of the state of the communications market. But at least they finally expose the state of broadband competition for what it is. In particular the deals illustrate, through the actions of the companies themselves, that mobile wireless is not a “competitor” to wired. They’re different products with different uses. This is an obvious point to most but the hope that the broadband market was going to get competitive “real soon now” due to the pending arrival of some kind of wireless competitor or another has driven many of the FCC’s policies in the last decade. Unfortunately these policies have had the effect of undermining actually existing competition in the broadband market to pave the way for this prophesied competitor. As it stands the FCC’s record in predicting the future is on a par with Harold Camping’s.

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PK In the Know Podcast

July 8, 2011 Broadband , Competition , Fiber , Last Mile , Safe Harbor

On today’s podcast, we walk through the agreement on online copyright infringement between ISPs and content holders, the data portability spat between Facebook and Google, and get a primer on using music on the campaign trail.  We also discuss the benefits and challenges of building local community networks with Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance and muninetworks.org.

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Will Minnesota Senate Kill Duluth’s Chances of Getting Google Gigabit Project?

March 10, 2010 Fiber , Last Mile , Municipal Wi-Fi , Qwest , Regulation

As reported by Christopher Mitchel from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Qwest has scored quite the little victory in its efforts to keep itself (and the good people it serves in Minnesota) from the evil socialist menace known as "local government providing broadband when the incumbent does a lousy job."

Apparently,MN State Senator Bakk and MN State Rep Dill introduced a bill that would have made it easier to for local governments to build municipal networks. Right now, it takes a local referendum vote with 65% to authorize a locality to build a network that offers commercial telephone service (and therefore any "triple play" broadband access service — or so they read it in MN).

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Conduit Bill A Good Example of “Mindful” Federal Policy

June 16, 2009 Broadband , Competition , FCC , Fiber , Mapping

Last week, we filed comments in the FCC's open Notice of Inquiry on what to put in the National Broadband Plan. Among other things, we called for a "mindful" federal (and state and local) policy that looked to leverage opportunities to advance broadband deployment and adoption as part o our policy efforts generally and not just in its own little "broadband" pigeonhole.

The Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2009 (BCPA) is an excellent example of what we mean by "mindful" federal policy. Introduced on the House side by Rep.

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ISPs Behaving Badly: Fiber in Your Diet Does Not Count, Either

May 19, 2009 Broadband , Fiber , Innovation

What do you think of when you hear the term, “Fiber Optic Internet Service?” My guess is that it means the same to you as it does to me, a guy with 25+ years of communications experience.  It means that the media between your connection to the Internet (as provided by your ISP) and the peering/exchange points (where your ISP connects to other network operators) is all based on fiber-optic technology.

A lot of ISPs are trying to trick you into believing that their network is like that, when it actually is less.

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