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August 08, 2005

Abandoning Broadband Competition, Fairness

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission has given the regional phone monopolies exactly what they wanted: permission to stifle DSL competition on "their" lines. As the New York Times reports:

Under current rules, carriers like Verizon and SBC are required to lease their digital subscriber lines to these rivals at negotiated rates. The prices are slightly less than what they charge retail customers, typically $30 a month. The actual discount is based on the number of lines leased. Under the new rules, after a one-year transition, phone companies will no longer be required to share their lines at reduced rates.
It's important -- vital -- to discuss the word "their" in this context, because it disguises a reality that the phone giants, as well as their congressional and FCC lapdogs, are worried that you might consider.

Posted by dymaxion at August 8, 2005 08:10 PM


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