Some truth about Comcast - WikiLeaks style

JC Dill jcdill.lists at
Sun Dec 19 23:05:12 CST 2010

  On 19/12/10 6:25 PM, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 06:12:02PM -0800, JC Dill wrote:
>> And if a competing water service thought they could do better than the
>> incumbent, why not let them put in a competing water project?  If they
>> think they can make money after the cost of the infrastructure, then
>> they may be onto something.  We don't have to worry that too many
>> would join in, the laws of diminishing returns would make it
>> unprofitable for the nth company to build out the infrastructure to
>> enter the market.
> The laws of diminishing returns have already set the bar for the point
> at which it's not profitable for a new company to enter the market and
> try to compete. Right now the number is roughly 2, cable and dsl, give
> or take a few outliers. I do believe the point would be to encourage a
> little more competition than that. :)

This is true but ONLY in the current climate where the incumbents have a 
monopoly on the ability to put in cabling for the last mile to homes.

I live in an area where there are 2 ILECs (AT&T, Verizon) in nearby 
proximity.  Both are putting in fiber to some homes in their respective 
areas.  Imagine what would happen if they could both put in fiber in the 
other areas.  Then they would be *competitors* for those customers.  
Right now, they don't compete - they each have a territory and in their 
territory they are the predominant telco player (competing with the 
cable incumbent - usually Comcast).


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