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briansoloducha
briansoloducha
1/28/2015 | 5:08:32 PM
Re: Crazy
Am I seriously the first person here to point out the hypocrisy here?

You want Blackberry to suffer free-market conditions without a government mandate, but you also want government-mandated net neutrality so that OTHER companies don't have to suffer from those very-same free-market conditions? Are you serious?

 

 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
1/26/2015 | 6:37:18 PM
Re: Crazy
dwx - Funny you should mention that. Microsoft brought Office to the Mac 15 years ago in part to get antitrust prosecutors off its back. Didn't work.
dwx
dwx
1/25/2015 | 8:10:27 PM
Re: Crazy
When I first read it I couldn't really believe what I reading.  I'm surprised they didn't take the blog post down.   The argument that "we make programs for your platform so you have to make them for ours" is completely ludicrous.  It would be like saying Apple has to start making apps for Windows PCs.  
nasimson
nasimson
1/25/2015 | 4:20:42 PM
Laughing all the way !!!
Mitch

This blog of yours was a good weekend-ending read. I'll think of it & smile all week in office. THIS is North America. Cant believe it he approved it & actually sent it. Speaks volumes of how disconnected the BB top management is.

I really hope the BB CEO gets to read it!
brooks7
brooks7
1/23/2015 | 11:35:30 PM
Re: Crazy
I live in California where there is no rule against muni networks and we have only a few.  I would say natural monopoly.

Let's use California as an example.  38M people or so, which means 7M or so homes.   A 3rd competitor in a market tends to say 10% market share.  Call it an investment of $7B (1,000 per home passed - all in - and that is cheap) to get that 700K sub base.

The best part is that the only basis anybody wants these guys to compete on is pure price.  That means I get to spend that $7B and realistically I can't get my money back because my competitors will just match my pricing.

seven

 
KBode
KBode
1/23/2015 | 3:23:13 PM
Re: Crazy
I've seen it argued both ways, but I tend to believe the former. These are companies with a generation of literally writing state telecom laws under their belts. Look at the issues surrounding state laws outlowing municipal broadband, for example, where open access could actually open up the market to broader competition but can't because we're letting these companies write the law.

In THIS case, I think the bigger wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon) are using Blackberry to conflate issues as part of a larger assault on potential Title II based neutrality rules. Muddy the waters, so to speak.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
1/23/2015 | 3:10:42 PM
Re: Crazy
Is the duopoly a result of regulatory capture, or is Internet service a natural monopoly, like electricity?
KBode
KBode
1/23/2015 | 3:08:36 PM
Re: Crazy
Yes, we've effectively got a duopoly (sometimes worse in many markets) courtesy of regulatory capture, so it's a very chicken and egg scenario. But going "hands off" in the broadband market would result in competition never improving, so...
DHagar
DHagar
1/23/2015 | 2:01:38 PM
Re: Another perspective
MitchWagner, agreed.  A weak competitor with a huge ulterior MO.
DHagar
DHagar
1/23/2015 | 1:54:18 PM
Re: Crazy
MitchWagner, got it.  Isn't that because it is new and the big carriers have been the only ones that could invest?  If there is more business opportunity and/or stimulus to get into that market there can be a true marketplace.  What do you think are the missing elements that can be added to truly advance a robust competitive market?   The government used a "light touch" in the development of the internet itself - which worked.  Wouldn't that same touch work here?

Re:  Washington - maybe that's what they need - more sunshine.

 
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