HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Telecom Giants Drag Their...

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:01 PM

Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country

snip:

For almost 20 years, AT&T, Verizon and the other big players have collected hundreds of billions of dollars through rate increases and surcharges to finance that ambitious plan, but after wiring the high-density big cities, they now say it's too expensive to connect the rest of the country. But they'd like to keep all that money they banked for the project.





http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/21/telecom-giants-drag-feet-broadband-whole-country.html#.UyBbYY2JqRc.twitter

5 replies, 833 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Telecom Giants Drag Their Feet on Broadband for the Whole Country (Original post)
Seedersandleechers Mar 2014 OP
sakabatou Mar 2014 #1
PumpkinAle Mar 2014 #2
geckosfeet Mar 2014 #3
Glitterati Mar 2014 #4
TexasProgresive Mar 2014 #5

Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:04 PM

1. Too expensive my ass

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:13 PM

2. No surprises

they are all greedy bastards.

In my little part of the world they won't build a cell tower because it isn't worth it to any of them - and yet this is where cell-phone use could really help out in a disaster.

Connect America, more like fleece America.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:13 PM

3. Long haul fiber is relatively cheap. And it is already in the ground across most of the country.

The expensive bit is retrofitting whole cities. You need to remove a lot of copper, or at least run fiber. But they have the know how and the technology. They have the cash as well.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:22 PM

4. I've dealt with this attitude

 

Due to a snafu at closing, 2 years ago I moved into a rental in a last minute situation. Long story, but bottom line 3 days before closing the seller discovered he couldn't sell the house because he took out a government loan that required him to keep the house for a year.

I had 3 days to find somewhere to live, so I ended up in this godforsaken rental that was built on a hill at the top of a horrible lot. It was the last house to be thrown up in a subdivision years after the subdivision had been built and wired.

Little did I know that the house had never had anything but electricity and water installed - no phones, no cable, no satellite dish, nothing. Just power and water.

Because it was 1 house, no one wanted to do an installation - not AT&T, Comcast, none of them. Satellite dish was blocked by neighboring trees. I literally had no access to television, internet nor phones. I spent a fortune trying to install those "network" antennas and could pick up nothing that was a decent signal. Not one channel! And I was stuck with a 1 year lease.

The bottom line was I wrote the FCC and asked how the hell I was supposed to know bad/dangerous weather was headed my way! Only after they got involved did they force Comcast to run the cable to the location.

I spent 4 months trying to get service from anyone.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:23 PM

5. Under the present telcom laws

you can't make them do anything they don't want to do.

Look into how we got universal power and telcom service and for that matter a once good highway system.

It takes the governments; local, state and federal to be both carrot and stick. The companies have to be allowed a reasonable profit while being committed to universal service. And there needs to be a plan that will reach the targets. Taking money and not using it for providing service where it is not profitable is a theft. Where the telcos invested they have a return. So if they are not going to serve the rest of us (read rural America) then they should return to money with interest.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread