symmetric vs. asymmetric [was: Verizon Policy Statement on Net Neutrality]

Barry Shein bzs at
Sun Mar 1 03:05:32 UTC 2015

On February 28, 2015 at 17:07 gwardell at (Gary Wardell) wrote:
 > >  Actually, I think the incumbents do get it, at this point - at least Verizon does.  FIOS is a pretty nice offering, and they offer some pretty high speeds,
 > >  both up and down. 

Don't hold your breaths.

Back around 2000 Verizon took about $2B in tax breaks to "do
something" with fiber.

A couple of years later someone in Congress noticed they hadn't done
anything (other than took the tax breaks) and got on their case, do
something or return the tax breaks (and probably other trouble.)

So they formed a unit and spun up FiOS.

It's not a business in the traditional sense, it was a way of staying
out of jail (metaphorically speaking.)

That's why it happened for a while and then came to a halt.

Not that the unit didn't give it the old college try, you can do some
interesting things with a coupla billion in cash and a mandate.

        -Barry Shein

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