[Fwd: Re: HR 1542 [OT, anti-BS attempt, US]]

Steve Sobol sjsobol at NorthShoreTechnologies.net
Mon May 7 16:59:01 UTC 2001

woops, this was supposed to go to the list.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Steve Sobol <sjsobol at NorthShoreTechnologies.net>
Subject: Re: HR 1542 [OT, anti-BS attempt, US]
To: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman at civicnet.org>
CC: sjsobol at NorthShoreTechnologies.net

Miles Fidelman wrote:

> Except that most of today's cable systems were built while municipalities
> could, and did, grant exclusive franchises. Overbuilding an incumbant
> cable operator is as expensive and risky as becoming a CLEC - probably the
> reason that neither CLECs nor cable overbuilders are showing much
> commercial success.

Before being subsumed by SBC and forced to divest Americast, their
cable-TV service, Ameritech did it.

They reached a grand total of two Cleveland suburbs with the service.
Maybe three.

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