FCC Gains Broadband Oversight

Posted by: Antonio

FCC Gains Broadband Oversight - 05/07/10 08:56 PM

Wired Article

One of the few Wired online articles I feel like I can take with more than a grain of salt these days...

Moving right along, anyone else remember when ISP's tried to prevent end users from having routers on their broadband connections? Or was it only Adelphia who tried to enforce that "one computer per broadband connection" nonsense? Given my disdain for Comcast and AT&T, both of whom I've had to deal with on some commercial and private level, I'm hoping this is a good thing, as those are biggest two they'll likely have to drop a hammer on. Comcast recently acquired NBC, and that's a scary thing for consumers- a big service provider now also being a big content provider (though AT&T could be considered a similar situation- owning much of the national telecom infrastructure, being a service provider who leases to other service providers). I remember, when I was a kid, cable companies were so small nearly every small area I lived in had it's own cable TV provider. Now, my relatives in New Jersey, as of a buy-out a few years back, have the same internet and cable TV provider who pwns much of NorCal, where I live. These companies are HUGE and somewhat greedy, I think.

Right now, net neutrality is trying to enjoy a cold beer and keep everyone entertained, but wondering if this 600lb corporate man-beast staring him down from across the bar is gonna' pick a fight. And that's just one issue of several.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: FCC Gains Broadband Oversight - 05/08/10 12:43 PM

Not surprised to see who is against this. crazy
Posted by: Ben Dover

Re: FCC Gains Broadband Oversight - 05/09/10 06:42 PM

Well, cables will be obsolete at some point, if they really aren't already - Way too costly to lay cable.

One or two, maybe three bands. One for satellite to propagation shell link, same or another for propagation shell to broadcast points, same or another for broadcast points to access points. They just need to tweak the specs for bandwidth, etc.

Propagation shell just cheap gliders, on-demand electric-motor-assist and flight control, CPU for control code, flight control, etc, amp-mux/demux/whatever, satcom wave guide-controller, multi-faceted propagation antenna, solar-powered. An amateur put one up to 59,000 feet in 1999 or 2000, something like that, 601 or 604 Powermac, IIRC.

The only problem with stuff like Teledesic, Iridium, Globalstar, ICO, etc was they didn't need that many costly satellites, and it converged with conventional broadband providers bringing down prices to more reasonable levels.

Boeing, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, etc, really should revisit this stuff. Technological evolution and the future favors wireless in infrastructural performance and declining costs, whereas land lines face just greater and greater costs and hitting the constraints of fixed inputs versus variable.

They could share the cost of satellites and the cheap propagation shell, sell bandwidth, whatever.

The telecoms and cable companies are dinosaur robber barons, technologically inept instead of innovative, and it's time they hit the end of their road.

Then I guess new robber barons might shake out smile

Posted by: FSM

Re: FCC Gains Broadband Oversight - 05/13/10 11:57 PM

Sprint has their 4G wireless network rolling out with speeds up to 4 Mbps. while i like what the FTC is doing to try and enforce Net Neutrality, i think Ed is correct that cable internet is on the way out.

that being said, Google is trying to start a real broadband initiative with fiber (and speeds up to 100 Mbps) . . . and they think they can show that it's cheap and can be offered for prices competitive with the current crap from Comcast (~6 Mbps).
Posted by: Antonio

Re: FCC Gains Broadband Oversight - 05/14/10 09:28 PM

Indeed, I do hate me some Comcast.
'It's Craptastic!'

I think the FCC should still have some oversight, regardless of who the big players are at one time or another. As companies get big they tend to become either sloppy or greedy, sometimes both. Of course, we'll need safeguards in place to ensure the FCC doesn't become too powerful, sloppy, or corrupt either. Things seem to sort of seesaw like that...