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Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 9:47:21 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links So you have voice service on both your cable and your LEC copper??? I suspect most people would simply use thier cellphone to report any outage.

Or not at all, if they don't have a cell phone. I can already see the cable companies' figures showing a major reduction in complains, claiming the service has improved :)
[email protected] 12/4/2012 | 9:47:20 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links So you have voice service on both your cable and your LEC copper??? I suspect most people would simply use thier cellphone to report any outage.

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Well, you realize of course, that not everyone has a cell phone or coverage for that matter.

Not trying to give you (or anyone a hard time). I am just trying to give the view that the current alternatives might be OK for most folks -- separate phone and cable (or satellite) service for video broadcasts, etc. FTTH is simply too much BW for most people.

I mean, I bet those po' folks in trailers with a satellite dish and a phone line aren't clamoring for more bandwidth. :-)

papabear 12/4/2012 | 9:47:18 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links If the fiber is cut does not the receive optics in the switch receive a "loss of signal alarm"? Wouldn't the MIC troubleshoot an alarm to determine that the signal is down and would they not automatically dispatch to repair the problem? If it turns out to be a home owner caused alarm by disconnecting the in home optic unit they should bill accordingly. This stipilation should be in the contract between the user and the MIC.
rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 9:47:17 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links Many RBOC workers on these boards feel their jobs are threatened by productivity enhancing technology. They believe, even if subconsciously, that by denying this technology they can protect their employment. And too many have place trust in their company's propaganda, promoted by their company executives, that so-called deregulation will gaurantee their full employment.

Unfortunately, time and history will reveal that they are sadly mistaken. Even their own leadership will eventually betray them, as we have already seen with LU and others.

The following paper titled "Technology and Labor Relations: Railroads and Ports" is applicable to our telco situation today. While it does not help the worker who feels threatened by productivity enhancing technology, it does reveal the ultimate fate of the workers employed by the RBOCs.

http://www.oduport.org/RAILPOR...
broadbandboy 12/4/2012 | 9:47:15 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links Many of the comments on this thread remind me of other myopic observations in the recent past:

IBM did a study in the late 1960s that concluded there was no need for a personal computer. Of course there wasn't, then. What would anyone do with one in the absence of applications?

One of the most popular applications for many years (and still is) was using the PC as a typewriter with a screen.

IBM and 5 major Hollywood studios have formed Movielink, which will make movies available for sale and viewing via the Intnernet. I'd pay something for that, but I need two things; one is sufficient bandwidth to my home, the other is a way to view it on the TV in my living room, not on my PC.

BBboy
papabear 12/4/2012 | 9:47:14 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links Video on demand needs to have direct to TV capability. What happens in homes that do not have a PC but, wants to rent movies? Direct TV provides pay per view with just your remote control and a telephone hook up. No home computer involved. The only problem is you have to watch on their schedule not yours. This capability needs to be expanded to provide you the movie you want at the time you want without a home computer being involved.
[email protected] 12/4/2012 | 9:47:14 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links Many of the comments on this thread remind me of other myopic observations in the recent past:

IBM did a study in the late 1960s that concluded there was no need for a personal computer. Of course there wasn't, then. What would anyone do with one in the absence of applications?

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So true.

Same thing with the Internet. Before the Web (i.e., HTML), it was a pretty small user base, with mostly research types using email. The Web was the killer app for the Internet; it just made the market just take off. It remains to be seen what the killer app is for FTTH, etc.

Note that what appears as a killer app to techno-geeks _may_not_ be necessarily so. After all, it is the mass market that determines whether it is commercially viable. (Let's face it, providers have little incentive to innovate unless it can make them gobs of money.)

Remember AT&T's videophone?

The engineers thought that was pretty sweet too, but it never took off because the public didn't think they needed it. Does the public think it needs 'real' VOD?

Much of today runs on schedules: get to work at this time, pick up kids at this time, soccer practice at this time. Maybe that means we want more flexbility when it comes to watching videos, but with your whole life on schedule, you may be 'forced' to watch videos at a certain time anyway, as it is the only time you don't have anything scheduled! In that case, why bother with paying for VOD? :-)

So, what sounds like a _should_ isn't so clear...



cfaller 12/4/2012 | 9:47:12 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links I posted the wrong article for people to view. This is the one I think everyone should read:

http://www.business2.com/artic...

The point is that consumer demand will go its own route, and you cannot dictate demand. FTTx, VoD cannot be shoved down people's throats...
willywilson 12/4/2012 | 9:47:12 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links What I was trying to point out was that race should not be assumed to be a factor in the the actions of an individual. You imply that a higher percentage of blacks are on welfare, so this is due to race. From what I have read, education, how much the father is involved with the kids in single mother homes, and culture (cultures that have strong family ties) have far more impacts than due race.

As I have stated before, those that use race or insults instead of fact or logic do so because they can not compete with ideas.

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P.C. crap run amok, combined with no-I.Q.
big daddy 12/4/2012 | 9:47:11 PM
re: ILECs' Missing Links Along the same line, didn't someone once say that we would not need an Internet connection greater than 64 kbps since no one could type faster than that (maybe Bob Dylan)?
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