Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Aug 2010 20:28 UTC
Internet & Networking Lots of talk on net neutrality this week, mostly due to the joint policy proposal from Google and Verzion. While many Americans are calling for government-imposed net neutrality rules, The New York Times' Eric Pfanner proposes a different solution - one that has been working wonders in Europe. And hey, what a coincidence - I'm European!
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RE: Competition
by wocowboy on Mon 16th Aug 2010 10:46 UTC in reply to "Competition"
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I live in a small town in Oklahoma as well, and own & operate a cable system in this small town. The sheer size of this town/market dictates that it is probably economically profitable for only one provider to have enough customer base to make the business profitable. Same goes for internet service providers, grocery stores, any kind of business. If there were 12 cable companies available here, each one would only have 15-20 customers, not enough to make construction, much less operation, profitable. We don't have 12 grocery stores here either, there simply isn't enough people. We don't even have one grocery store, we must travel 10 miles to a larger town for that. Also to eat at a restaurant, buy a car, etc etc.

European governments have always been more hands-on than in the US. The fact that most picked one standard, GSM, for cellphones, makes it MUCH easier for customers to move from one carrier to another using the phone they like the most. And European governments have been much more active in requiring networks to be built to any size cities and towns. As you know, here in the US, the largest cities are now seeing 4G and LTE systems being turned on. Smaller cities have 3G, while those of us in small towns are stuck with EDGE and probably will be forever.

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