Muni Fiber and Politics

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Mon Jul 21 20:24:23 UTC 2014


Ask Skype just how easy it is to do that with a dual-stacked service.

Owen

On Jul 21, 2014, at 10:29 , Jason Iannone <jason.iannone at gmail.com> wrote:

> Seems like as good at time as any for Netflix to go distributed peer to peer.
> 
> On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
>> Is anyone else cynical enough to say FiOS going symmetrical is an attempt to
>> blunt the pro-NetFlix argument on that point?
>> - jra
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On July 21, 2014 12:46:27 PM EDT, Jason Iannone <jason.iannone at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> There was a muni case in my neck of the woods a couple of years ago.
>>> Comcast spent an order of magnitude more than the municipality but
>>> still lost.
>>> 
>>> Anyway, follow the money.  "Blackburn’s largest career donors are ..
>>> PACs affiliated with AT&T ... ($66,750) and Comcast ... ($36,600). ...
>>> Blackburn has also taken $56,000 from the National Cable &
>>> Telecommunications Association."
>>> 
>>> 
>>> http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-blackburn-amendment-lights-newswires
>>> 
>>> In other news, FIOS has gone symmetrical.
>>> 
>>> http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/07-21-fios-upload-speed-upgrade/
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Over the last decade, 19 states have made it illegal for municipalities
>>>> to own fiber networks -- encouraged largely, I am told, by Verizon and
>>>> other cable companies/MSOs[1].
>>>> 
>>>> Verizon, of course, isn't doing any new FiOS deployments, per a 2010
>>>> press release[2].
>>>> 
>>>> FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has been making noises lately that he wants the
>>>> FCC
>>>> to preempt the field on this topic, making such deployments legal.
>>>> 
>>>> Congressional Republicans think that's a bad idea:
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> http://www.vox.com/2014/7/20/5913363/house-republicans-and-obamas-fcc-are-at-war-over-city-owned-internet
>>>> 
>>>> [ and here's the backgrounder on the amendment:
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/blackburn-bill-would-block-fcc-preemption/132468
>>>> ]
>>>> 
>>>> While I generally try to avoid bringing up topics on NANOG that are
>>>> political;
>>>> this one seems to be directly in our wheelhouse, and unavoidably
>>>> political.
>>>> My apologies in advance; let's all try to be grownups, shall we?
>>>> 
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> -- jra
>>>> 
>>>> [1]
>>>> http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hundreds-of-cities-are-wired-with-fiberbut-telecom-lobbying-keeps-it-unused
>>>> [2]
>>>> https://secure.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Again-Confirms-FiOS-Expansion-is-Over-118949
>>>> --
>>>> Jay R. Ashworth
>>>> Baylink
>>>>                      jra at baylink.com
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>> 
>> 
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