|William H. Magill on 24 Aug 2005 06:59:57 -0000|
On 23 Aug, 2005, at 13:22, Tim W. intoned:
I was phone solicited by Verizon this morning to hook up to FIOS. First
And since the recent Supreme Court decision, I wouldn't hold my breath for any change in policy anytime in the future.
Sadly, because of that decision, I expect that within 3-5 years, (as the various existing ISP contract expire), DSL will go the same way. Already prices are climbing as the RBOCS are no longer required to offer "discounts" to competitors.
If you want "current DSL like" data service, you will be stuck with the RBOC or CLEC version only.
The future does not look good for anybody except the "dumb consumer." The "pro-sumer" is despised by both Cable providers and RBOC alike -- they expect too much (i.e. good service), know too much (i.e. how to complain), and pay too little. Even the "Business consumer" is likely to find that unless they go "top-drawer" their options for connectivity will be extremely limited. And with the "Terms and Conditions" posted on web sites with no notification of the customer necessary, the customer won't even know they have been screwed until something stops working and are told -- we don't offer that service anymore.
The days of "free" (i.e. cheap) bits are over, and as "content" becomes king, the pressure will continue to mount to "find new sources of revenue" to pay for it.
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