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  •  I'm not sure that's true, about DSL, (2+ / 0-)
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    bara, G2geek
    at least not universally.

    Covad claims to own and operate their network:
    http://www.covad.com/...

    Would love to learn other facts, if this is somehow a cover for AT&T.

    •  They do, but the last mile is regular copper (3+ / 0-)
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      bara, G2geek, Coherent Viewpoint

      owned by the local phone company. Which often is SBC aka AT&T

      Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

      by sdgeek on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:52:40 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps local communities (2+ / 0-)
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        need to not grant exclusive rights-of-way to monopolies anymore. The utility poles generally occupy public land, and hence should be reasonably open to competition.

        Of course the FCC, telco lapdogs that they are, will disagree. Fuck them; the Communications Act of 1934 that created them was geared solely toward regulation of the RF spectrum. Subsequent expansion - absent a reauthorization by Congress of the entire Act is invalid IMO.

        Of course I'm not a judge; I'm too rational to hold such and office.

        •  That monopoly is here to stay (0+ / 0-)

          because it is plain not practical to have each competitor string its own wire and put up its own poles. Just as it is not practical to run ten electric cables (with their associated poles, or street digging), ten water or sewer lines, and so on.

          One could argue that the last mile should possibly be a public utility like power and water are in many places.

          Army 1st Lt. Ehren T. Watada, Lt. Cdr USN Matthew Diaz, SPC Eli Israel: true American heroes.

          by sdgeek on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:20:52 AM PDT

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