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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:39 AM

 

US cable giants call on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet

The US cable industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents.

USTelecom, which represents cable giants Comcast, Time Warner and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high speed internet networks, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina.

“The success of public broadband is a mixed record, with numerous examples of failures,” USTelecom said in a blog post. “With state taxpayers on the financial hook when a municipal broadband network goes under, it is entirely reasonable for state legislatures to be cautious in limiting or even prohibiting that activity.”

Chattanooga has the largest high-speed internet service in the US, offering customers access to speeds of 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. The service, provided by municipally owned EPB, has sparked a tech boom in the city and attracted international attention. EPB is now petitioning the FCC to expand its territory. Comcast and others have previously sued unsuccessfully to stop EPB’s fibre optic roll out.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/29/us-telecoms-fcc-block-high-speed-internet-chattanooga

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Reply US cable giants call on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet (Original post)
SecularMotion Aug 2014 OP
daleanime Aug 2014 #1
BlueJazz Aug 2014 #2
valerief Aug 2014 #3
Go Vols Aug 2014 #4
Ed Suspicious Aug 2014 #8
Go Vols Aug 2014 #10
Ed Suspicious Aug 2014 #23
proReality Aug 2014 #18
Helen Borg Aug 2014 #19
intaglio Aug 2014 #26
oldandhappy Aug 2014 #5
wandy Aug 2014 #6
valerief Aug 2014 #29
whereisjustice Aug 2014 #7
procon Aug 2014 #9
Lydia Leftcoast Aug 2014 #12
procon Aug 2014 #20
world wide wally Aug 2014 #11
Zorra Aug 2014 #13
WHEN CRABS ROAR Aug 2014 #24
Lydia Leftcoast Aug 2014 #14
B Calm Aug 2014 #30
Enthusiast Aug 2014 #15
Oilwellian Aug 2014 #16
NewJeffCT Aug 2014 #21
Glassunion Aug 2014 #22
PeoViejo Aug 2014 #17
navarth Aug 2014 #25
Kber Aug 2014 #27
GoneFishin Aug 2014 #28

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:41 AM

1. K&R....

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:49 AM

2. I believe the USA is #13th in the world when it comes to internet speeds. And pricey.

 

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:52 AM

3. That high? I'm surprised. I thought out internet speed rank was as low as our healthcare rank. nt

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:13 AM

4. This is what I get back from Chattanooga on a speedtest

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:28 AM

8. Looks good to me.

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Response to Ed Suspicious (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:35 AM

10. I'm not complaining

I can stream to my TV in HD,download a movie and watch youtube in HD at the same time with no buffering.

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:11 PM

23. I figured not. I get worse nbers on my 84 dollar

Per month TWC line rated at 30 mps.

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:27 PM

18. I get 1.something on download and

.3something on upload with my AT&T DSL. Adding insult to injury, they make me pay for that. I'm truly envious.


Edited to add that complaining to them doesn't help.

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:39 PM

19. Just tried that...

In the UK now, and I get: 72 Mb/s and 19Mb/s ping 1ms .

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:39 PM

26. Err - UK fibre in deepest Cornwall

Ping 16 ms again on a 50 mile test
Download 91.63 Mb/s
Upload 21.09 Mb/s

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:17 AM

5. poor babies

They just want their grubby hands on our money. Something in this approach is costing them a tiny part of a penny. A 'tech boom in the city' means jobs, you crazy folk. Jobs means MORE people are using your services. Wake up.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:17 AM

6. How dare residents of a city VOTE to create their own broadband network..........

This is a violation of the rules of Teapublican democracy.
Throw campaign contributions at it!
Buy them out at the state level.

Resident of a small city attempting to create and strong supporter of public broadband.

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Response to wandy (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:24 AM

29. Where is their unelected emergency manager to override them? nt

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:23 AM

7. hahahahah and here we have the ultimate concern troll, USTelecom! Think of the children!

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:30 AM

9. This is such a no-brainer

Is it collusion? All these telecoms nickle and dime their customers -- both private and commercial -- to death. We pay additional fees for incrementally faster service, increased usage, and extra charges for exceeding our pitiful allotment of bandwidth, plus sketchy connections to video streaming websites, and really inventive non-customer service.

Because of corporate greed, and political bribery, there are vast swaths of rural and remote areas that were denied government assistance to provide those people with internet access. The private sector will not upgrade or offer better service without competition. As long as the telecom giants manipulate the market, the public sector should step in to provide the services that they refuse to offer at a competitive cost.

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Response to procon (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:40 AM

12. It's like the 1930s, when the electric companies were refusing to wire the rural areas

Farmers in vast areas of the country still had to use kerosene lamps until one of the New Deal programs brought electric power to far-flung regions and brought the rural areas into the twentieth century.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:46 PM

20. Roosevelt's Rural Electrification Act was truly visionary.

When private enterprise could/would not supply electric power to the people, then he made it the duty of the government to fill in the void.

In Roosevelt's day, the corporate electric utilities argued that the government had no right to compete. Today, we have a healthcare crisis that brought us the convoluted patchwork of ACA rather than the simplicity of a universal healthcare plan like Medicare because the private sector is a monopoly that cannot allow any competition to threaten their profits.

Even lesser known than the REA, the program was later expanded to include telephone service in rural areas. As in the case of electricity, the private sector saw no profit in providing rural access to telephone service, and once again Federal programs stepped in. In the late 50s my grandmother was an orange grower in rural Calif, and she so excited to finally get her first telephone. It was a party line with a switchboard operator and everyone had their own special series of rings.

Even in my own rural part of Calif. there is only one electric provider and no competition, so we pay much higher rates.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:37 AM

11. I am sure Republicans oppose this because it benefits people and not corporations. Next thing,

The Supreme Court will be stepping in to put an end to it.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:41 AM

13. It's time to cage the giant corporate dragon that is terrorizing us. nt

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Response to Zorra (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:21 PM

24. Slay it!

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:43 AM

14. Our broadband is not only slower but more expensive

I have a photo that I took in Denmark of an ad for broadband Internet plus phone plus cable for the equivalent of $20 a month.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:35 AM

30. My dish net is 62 dollars a month and I'm limited to 10 GB a month.

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:52 AM

15. This is what happens when a nation has corporate rule.

Do not tell me how the USA is so wonderful.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:10 PM

16. But, but, but...Free Market!!!!!

Pfffftttt!

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:49 PM

21. Then you respond

and, say that if the cable companies offer a better product for a better price, they're welcome to compete...

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:04 PM

22. The GOP loves a "Free Market"

Until they don't.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:22 PM

17. Whatever the Market will Bear

 

The Corporate Mantra.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:25 PM

25. I'm sure our wonderful FCC will deny this outrageous request...

... NOT

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:44 PM

27. They wanthe expansion stopped because it might fail.

They are just concerned is all. Nothing to do with profit or other tawdry tacky things.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 08:19 AM

28. Kick. F.AH's.

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