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stephencooke
stephencooke
12/5/2012 | 4:06:16 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
So, franchising fees on a per town basis or state-wide...?

Put yourself in the RBOC's position. Do I want to pay a bunch of lawyers to tour the state, visiting every little hamlet to present to town councils or would I rather send those lawyers to make much fewer presentations to the state government? Is it worth it for the RBOCs to crack the town monopolies via the state government(s)? From the RBOC side these are no brainers. As has been mentioned the MSO's will fight this tooth & nail.

This sounds so familiar...an MSO equivalent of CLECs perhaps. Throw in VoIP-over-cable and we have two flavours of corporate titans fighting over the same combined marketshare with various rules applying to one side and not necessarily the other. It doesn't matter how you slice it this is, and will continue to be, a very ugly fight.

The real question is will the average consumer win or lose?

Steve.
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:06:15 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
re: "The real question is will the average consumer win or lose?"

Consumers will win big on this, no question. Cities, however, will lose some revenues that, for better or worse, they've been counting on for decades.

ph
spelurker
spelurker
12/5/2012 | 4:06:13 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
> Consumers will win big on this, no question. Cities, however, will lose some
> revenues that, for better or worse, they've been counting on for decades.

Also, there's a basic separation of powers question here. The Cities will lose leverage with the RBOCs. When a compny wants to bring a service into a city, the city gets the opportunity to lean on them to fix other problems with existing services.
RBOC: "Hey, I want to run FTTH with IP Video to your citizens!"
City Council: "Not until you get rid of those too-short utility poles you've saddled us with."

The winners: people in high-revenue areas (yuppie apartment dwellers) who will save 5 cents/month on service
The losers: people in low density, low rent areas who will not get service at all, because the RBOCs will "cherry-pick" high-revenue service areas and avoid their neighborhood.

The perks of local oversight are 'nice-to-haves'. Looking out for the interests of the *entire* community is a 'public good' which regional franchises are unable to support.
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:06:12 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
Does anyone think that RBOCs do better in getting local franchises in communities where there are more wealthy folks (Southlake, Keller, Plano, etc.)?

Or is that just coincidental to where their best fiber assets were already placed?

ph
paolo.franzoi
paolo.franzoi
12/5/2012 | 4:06:10 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas

Hi, Roybean...I am a satellite company....have a nice day.

seven
roybean
roybean
12/5/2012 | 4:06:10 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
Please, just the opposite. Say a city of 100,000 cable subscriber; just received a 25% drop in their monthly cable bill, say averge bill of $60 a month. So for a year that is ($60 * .25) * 12 months * 100,000 people = $18,000,000 not going to the cable company. Of that $18 million, how much is sent to the city / how much is keeped by the cable company ? (sure more by the cable company).

Now, with $18 million in savings, that is $18 million that can be spent on other services and business's in that city. The city could also raise property taxes since thier population has $18 million more in their pockets.

With the extra $18 million, people will just respend it anyway on something else. Why rape / overcharge people for the benefit of a monolopy for stinking TV.

Let them compete for our money.
roybean
roybean
12/5/2012 | 4:06:09 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
Me, I am a consumer. Cable rates are way too high; cable companies are raping people with the costs. Quicker deployment from the Bells, the better.

Cell phones, land lines, internet has choices.
TV does not in reality. Allow the Bells to roll out video quicker.

Satellite offers TV; they can not package phone / data. Best that could happen would be the Bell's to continue to support satelite in the rural areas; push Fiber in the towns; have common channels across all services; lower costs.

Thinking the lower costs which is good for the consumer would be "bad" for the local townships is the worst argument / excuse for supporting the current franchise process.

Roll me out my Fios TV !!!
OldPOTS
OldPOTS
12/5/2012 | 4:06:09 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
Well I don't like those making money by destroying my services in the 'right of way'. The city does protect that, as it cost them money too when they save money and destroy something. @ least .5 cents per customer.

rjm It has taken 3 months for them to finally splice fibers in front of my house. But lots more subs running around diging more trenches. No service yet!

OldPOTS
iponthebrain
iponthebrain
12/5/2012 | 4:06:08 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
"Does anyone think that RBOCs do better in getting local franchises in communities where there are more wealthy folks (Southlake, Keller, Plano, etc.)?"

In Dallas, the old GTE territory only covers hte more affluent communities (Southlake, Keller, Plano, and parts of Irving).
iponthebrain
iponthebrain
12/5/2012 | 4:06:08 AM
re: FCC Brings Video Debate to Texas
While all the politcs play out over local vs. state franchises, MSO and RBOCs continue to overbuild data to eventually enable "over-the-top" video Vonage. Akimbo and KyLinTV are time-shifted today but when bandwidth reaches a critical threshold, HBO will just create a new distribution channel and unicast directly to an "over-the-top" STB. So much for worrying about franchises and the billions spent on IPTV buildout.
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