LeRoy on 31 Jul 2012 05:15:36 -0700

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On 07/31/2012 06:52 AM, Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM, Sam Gleske <sam.mxracer@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Unfortunate.  And unfortunately so long as there is two or three companies
>> that still provide internet then they can't be slapped with an antitrust
>> suit so it's unlikely we'll ever have the upper hand with this kind of
>> corporate bullying.
> Sure they can - it is "antitrust" - not "antimonopoly".  A single
> company isn't a trust, although the law applies to monopolies as well.
>  The problem is that the collusion isn't overt, and there is a lack of
> political will to enforce the law.
> I think I've already posted my thoughts on the subject - break up the
> vertical integration and have the lines owned by a utility with heavy
> regulation that operates on a cost-plus system and only transmits the
> signals to the CO.  If the telecom makes the same money with ISP A vs
> B and isn't an ISP themselves, then they have incentive to provide the
> best service to all.
> Rich

Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and all of the other services are actually setup
and controlled by the government.  I remember when cable was first
installed in Philadelphia.  There were 4 or 5 cable companies that
wanted to run their  cable and the wicked city council members told the
various cable companies where they could string their wire.  Instead of
letting them compete against each other the city was divided up into
sections with Comcast getting center city and south Philly.  Thus city
council basically made sure that Comcast would come out on top.  The
first cable companies to fail were the ones in the poorest neighborhoods.

When AT&T was divided up the country was divided up into sections for
smaller monopolies still under Government control.  It is not the evil
companies that is the problem it is the Government that creates the
monopolies that is the problem.  I was told by my grandmother about the
time that you could choose which company to get phone service.  Bell
Telephone was not the only phone company in the beginning.  If companies
were allowed to actually compete you would see much better service.  But
free enterprise is just a mirage!

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