Doug Stewart on 6 Dec 2010 13:33:29 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Net Neutrality

On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 4:05 PM, Art Alexion <> wrote:
> Doug, where do you think those rights of way came from?  Do you think they
> just existed since the original native Americans granted them to Comcast in
> the 16th Century?

I harbor no illusions as to the process for granting rights-of-way.
It's messy, corrupt, and has often favored the privileged
telcos/utilities over the individual citizen. If you REALLY want to
get fired up, start reading about property-vs.-mining rights in PA.
That'll cause unending amounts of incandescent rage.

>> > Oh, and weren't those wires paid for with FCC/PUC approved "surcharges"
>> > that you and I pay for?
>> Depends on which one you're talking about. Unless PECO and the water
>> companies have started laying traffic-bearing fiber on their poles and
>> in their mains, then no, you haven't. (Unless you've been paying for
>> POTS service from Bell Atlantic/GTE [aka Verizon], in which case, yes,
>> you've been paying Ma Bell for that AND for the Spanish-American War.
> Are you saying Verizon isn't a player in regards to this issue? (I confess I
> have never gotten a Comcast bill and have no idea how their charges are
> deliniated.)

See my other postings in re: Verizon and special cases.

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