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View Diary: Telecoms take HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS for national broadband, but don't want to deliver (145 comments)

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  •  Kushnick has it in writing (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, JerryNA, Elwood Dowd

    This all predates cable and cellular competition -- think 1992, and the "broadband" was Broadband ISDN, using ATM technology, not native IP (though it could be used to access an IP network, the Internet not being public  yet in 1992).

    New Jersey Bell (Bell Atlantic) had a plan called Opportunity New Jersey which spelled out the deal.  They would build FTTH 100% by 2010 (with other targets along the way) in exchange for AFOR.  Cable telephony didn't happen until after the Telecom Act of 1996.  BA-NJ's ONJ plan was very explicit, and the state BPUC was going to penalize VZ for not living up to it until a Christie appointee took over in January and stopped them.

    Here's the book (not his new one, not quite out yet)
    http://www.amazon.com/...

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