All of the big Cable and Telco ISPs have fired back at the FCC’s hint that they might, maybe, just possibly give the slightest thought to making ISPs common carriers:
Think you hate your Internet service provider now? Pretty much all the top ISPs in the country just told the Federal Communications Commission that if they face extra regulation, they will stop investing as much as they do today in network upgrades, and they will have to stop being so innovative.The threat came today in a letter signed by the chief executives of AT&T, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, 15 other companies, and industry groups such as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the CTIA Wireless Association.
I can’t imagine how Comcast et. al. could be less innovative–tin cans and string?
If you want an example of how Time Warner innovates today, here’s a story of how a small town has no regulatory leverage when it comes to having TW provide service to all the town’s residents:
[…]Time Warner has been generally adamant about not expanding service to residents like Alan Austin, who lives on a street where 11 houses are built within a half-mile, technically the same ratio required by Time Warner Cable.
“We’ve asked them to bring the service and they won’t,” Austin told the newspaper.
Actually, Time Warner is willing to expand into Austin’s neighborhood — for the right price.
Time Warner agreed it would install cable service if the 11 homes collectively paid a $12,000 installation fee.