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Broadband users have long been skeptical of the duopoly situation in the US Internet market, which often feels like “pick your poison”: telephone company or cable company. "Where's the real competition?" they cry, pointing to other countries with healthy ISP markets thanks to regulated line-sharing or even direct government control of the underlying fiber infrastructure (Australia's new plan). But will they one day look back at the US duopoly situation with something like longing?

When the Federal Communications Commission rolled out its National Broadband Plan last year, it shied away from any bold calls to transform ISP competition. But it did note that the US is quickly moving to a situation where many markets have only a single truly high-speed Internet provider. To put it in the plainest possible terms, if your home isn't served by Verizon's fiber optic FiOS system, you could be looking at a local high-speed monopoly. And that monopoly will probably come courtesy of an industry routinely rated low for customer satisfaction: cable.

....“When there is only one provider in each locality making available the central communications infrastructure of our time, what should the role of government be with respect to that infrastructure?” she asks. “When broadcast, voice, cable, and even newspapers are just indistinguishable bits flowing over a single, monopoly-provided fat pipe to the home, how should public goals of affordability, ubiquity, access to emergency services, and nondiscrimination be served? And what happens to diversity, localism, and the civic function of journalism?”

linky: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...ed-triumph.ars

I thought it was a very interesting read regarding the future of the internet and how much impact it has regarding our various methods of communication.
    
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I just want them to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 in my area and I'll be happy.
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This is unfortunately very true. Time Warner has the highest speed in my area. FiOs isn't offered for us do to not having fiber optic cables
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It is all about the Backbone company maintaining its $$$.. The Government knows we are so tech dependent that we are willing to pay pay pay..
We do it for cars, clothes, entertainment, and we will end up the same on the ISP's.
My cable company said they have no plans to upgrade until the see a MAJOR drop from there customers. Then from what I was told they still have to implement major server upgrades to increase the bandwidth. Rather then forking out cause they say they don't have the funds (meaning the Clientele) they will leave it like it is.

Sad, This country needs major Fiber updates.
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Yes, let's hand the Internet over to the government too. That's the solution.
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Yes, let's hand the Internet over to the government too. That's the solution.
Yeah, I kind of rolled my eyes at that too.
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This is true in Central FL. Our only option is Dim House . . . I mean Bright House
We don't have a land line (cell only) and naked DSL is very expensive for the crap speeds that AT&T give around here. Verizon FIOS? Ha! maybe in 10 years.
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Yes, let's hand the Internet over to the government too. That's the solution.
Is that what is being proposed? Or are you just proposing one extreme to combat another?

My take on it is that the US Govt needs to stop giving companies money. PERIOD. No money for upgrading ANYTHING because they never do, they just pocket it and there's no one you can hold responsible on the business end. What I think is best is if the Govt thinks that expanding the internet is in the best interest of the country, that they should do it themselves and lease the lines to whoever wants to use them.

This way we're not subsidizing yet another company and prices get lowered through increasing competition.

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This is true in Central FL. Our only option is Dim House . . . I mean Bright House
We don't have a land line (cell only) and naked DSL is very expensive for the crap speeds that AT&T give around here. Verizon FIOS? Ha! maybe in 10 years.
I'm in Sacramento and we only have 2 options. At&t or Comcast. Verizon FIOS hasn't reached us yet. We HAD WinFirst which was laying optic cables all around Sac, but then they got bought out by Surewest, which is Roseville's telephone company. They then pretty much completely stopped laying fiber since. It's been 10 yrs since then and nothing.
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The only alternative is to put Internet services into the business of being a local utility, with a national backbone system. Everyone would pay a fair, not for massive profit rate. Local servers could then be operated as local co-ops, where people could purchase a share in order to gain access to resources, with the profits being plowed back into various upgrades, etc.

The US should just look at the sad state of affairs we have in Canada, where the small handful of players is so strong and powerful - they have the complete ability to scan each and every packet to determine if they should pass or not, based on their own profit model, and do it with the most obsolete and overpriced services imaginable. The only thing that "saves" Canadians is the fact that for most of the area, there is only dial-up service, and not just in "remote" areas, but large districts in cities where the big players can't agree on carving up their monopolies.
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The internet sucks...

I hate how you can just share your opinion so easily.... it's stupid.
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