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KBode 8/29/2017 | 10:57:38 AM
Re: Better something than nothing Pai's gutting consumer protections and much of the underlying framework for digital divide programs, so take absolutely anything he says on this subject with a four ton grain of salt. He operates under the belief that blind deregulation magically forges connectivity Utopia. That clearly involves not being a particularly solid student of history (especially Mike Powell's tenure). 
brooks7 8/25/2017 | 11:50:46 PM
Re: Better something than nothing Joe,

The entire point of USF is that it won't raise prices.  The problem is not that this is not a profitable deployment.  It is just that it is not as profitable as other things.  The other problem is that it will likely never be as profitable.  So, mandate is the only way and should be done today.

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Joe Stanganelli 8/25/2017 | 10:17:22 PM
Re: Journalism Isn't What It Used to Be @SVP: From what I understand, other than four major metro areas, CenturyLink is otherwise all rural areas too, no?
Joe Stanganelli 8/25/2017 | 10:15:49 PM
Better something than nothing Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Pai's approach here, having grown up in rural Kansas and intimately understanding what rural disconnect is like, is one of "Something decent is better than nothing" -- so as to better incent carriers into entering those underserved markets.

Because otherwise, the only way to get them into those markets is to regulatory mandate that they do -- which would result in massive price increases for everyone all around and potentially result in an increase in underserved markets.
brooks7 8/25/2017 | 3:58:15 PM
Re: Reaping what ye sow The biggest problems lie in the rural RBOC properties.  The second biggest problem is individual properties of the nearly RBOCs (Century, Frontier, Fairpoint).  The IOCs generally have pretty good networks.  The fundamental challenge always is that at the end of the day these large SPs can invest more in:  Rural Broadband, Mobile, Business Services, Cloud Services, etc.  Rural Broadband always stack ranks last on the ROI chart.  You can not cajole that to be different.  The cost to incent it would be to essentially pay them to build the networks (not grants, not low cost loans, I mean "Here AT&T is $10B go build Rural FTTH" - and they still might not do it).

The only way around this is to make Residential Broadband a Universal Service expand the definition of it over time (my proposal would be 100Mb/s symmetric by 2020).

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mendyk 8/25/2017 | 11:07:55 AM
Reaping what ye sow "The rest of the country" is pretty much why Ajit Pai is now chairman of the FCC.
msilbey 8/25/2017 | 9:06:30 AM
Re: Journalism Isn't What It Used to Be Mediacom is an excellent exception. Still an exception.
SVP,CTO92681 8/25/2017 | 8:45:20 AM
Journalism Isn't What It Used to Be Well, Samuel Clemens would be proud. The problem with your digital-divide narrative is Mediacom. The first top-10 ISP to roll out Docsis3.1 to its entire market. Soon to be the first top-10 ISP to complete launching 1gig to its entire market (over a 1,000 communities and counting.) Oh, and the only top-10 ISP to operate almost entirely in RURAL markets. Not a single town in the top-100 largest cities. So I don't know where you are trying to draw your digital line but it seems unlikely it is with Mediacom on the "dense urban center" side. At the very least perhaps we deserve a footnote in the story.
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