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I do agree on the whole, particularly your second set of statements, but I take issue with "An ISP has a monopoly in a particular area because they're the only one that has bothered to build a network."Quizzical said:There is an important difference between:
1) The government has granted some ISP an artificial monopoly.
2) An ISP has a monopoly in a particular area because they're the only one that has bothered to build a network.
The former needs to be ended and quickly. That's a completely unforced error and insane public policy. The latter is perhaps undesirable, but the reality is that it's just not that profitable to build out networks in areas that aren't that heavily populated.
There is also an important difference between:
1) There's only one way to get on the Internet at all from a particular area.
2) One ISP offers a massively better product (higher bandwidth, higher or no bandwidth caps, better ping, etc.) than any alternatives.
The true monopoly of the first situation these days would require you to live in a really out of the way place. But the second can also have a lot of the undesirable characteristics of a monopoly, depending on how bad the second best ISP in an area is. If only one ISP offers anything better than dialup, then that's pretty much a monopoly. If the second best ISP offers 5 Mbps without any data caps, or perhaps 4G LTE that caps you at 10 GB/month, that meaningfully restricts what the best ISP can do even if it's far from ideal. If the second best ISP offers 50 Mbps without data caps, you've got good competition and shouldn't complain.
I would submit that areas that have a competitive market in Internet access shouldn't have regulations designed under the assumption that all ISPs there simultaneously have a monopoly. For areas that don't have much competition, getting more competition should be the primary focus, and treating the ISP there as a monopoly to be regulated should at most be a temporary thing with plans to drop it if more competition arrives.
One thing to think about:Razzel333 said:
If you have such insight of what is going to happen tomorrow. I want lotto numbers now. When is the world going to end? How? Is the world really going to run out of fossil fuels by the year 2000? Will Y2K really cause all the computers in the world to crash and never boot again? Will the polar ice caps melt and flood half the world by 2012? Will Lassie save Timmy?
Is the truth here...this is exactly what you would do if you were in charge and had the power? Are you projecting?
There's a difference between the Internet now, and the Internet of the 90's and early 00's.Daranar said:It's nice to hear some reasonable people talking about this. The sky isn't falling, we've merely gone back to pre 2015 regulations, when the internet was....virtually the same it is today.