[kwlug-disc] dslreports link - vaxination petition (Was: Re: UBB comes to Teksavvy)

Rashkae rashkae at tigershaunt.com
Wed Feb 2 21:52:56 EST 2011

On 11-02-02 08:50 PM, unsolicited at swiz.ca wrote:
> I can't help but think ... Canada (apparently) survived the recession, or
> so the pundits appear to be trumpeting, due to better banking regulation
> and oversight. Whatever's overseeing the CRTC, which is overseeing Bell et
> al ... well, it doesn't intuitively seem to be working.

Strictly speaking as a Devil's advocate, in the long term, there might 
be some good to come of these shenanigans.  For as long as Bell and and 
the Cable encomburents(sp) were providing cheap, unlimited internet, the 
free market was destroying any attempt at creating alternate 
infrastructure.  For example, We used to have a T1 into town that was 
shared amongst businesses with local DSL loops.  But when Rogers and 
Bell brought High speed into our town, that service dried up (not many 
would spend $100/month for Internet when Rogers was selling for $40)... 
Alas, that also meant Upload bandwidth was no longer possible to obtain 
in our small town, and servers had to be co-located.

And even now, alternatives to Bell and Rogers, such as terrestrial 
wireless microwave networks, only scratch a living in rural areas where 
other means of Internet access are not available and low population 
density doesn't really provide the kind of market share needed for large 
scale deployments.  But now that Internet over old copper is going to 
cost power users a premium, there will be much more opportunity for 
investment in alternative infrastructure, just in time when various 
people are slowly rolling out fiber to home networks.

This is inconvenient for us now, and I don't pretend to like it, but in 
the long term, this is the best opportunity I can think of for new 
start-ups to take a solid bite out of the existing monopolies.

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