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Re: HR 1542
From: Charles Sprickman <spork () inch com>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 17:42:05 -0400 (EDT)

Adelphia is not a regulated public utility, that's the difference.

If you want to see some serious battle over this issue, check the various
Dingell/Tauzin threads at dslreports.com...

My basic argument is that the copper is more of a public resource.  ATT
was granted a monopoly way back when, and the ILECs have certainly
recouped all their costs on that particular resource.  Adelphia did not
inherit their cable plant, and is likely still paying it off.

The ILECs can refuse to resell other elements, but the copper really
should remain and unbundled element.  The best (and most unlikely) remedy
I've seen is to put all the copper under control of a neutral third party
through which both the ILECs and CLECs would order lines...


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On Sat, 5 May 2001, Steve Sobol wrote:

"Joseph T. Klein" wrote:

Hmmm .... I don't think this improves competition.

Joseph T. Klein                                         +1 414 915 7489
Senior Network Engineer                                 jtk () titania net
Adelphia Business Solutions                joseph.klein () adelphiacom com

[Joseph, this mini-rant is not directed specifically at you, so please
do not take it personally.]

I felt compelled to answer this. You work for a company operating in
another industry that is doing much the same thing! I don't see Adelphia's
cable Internet services in Cleveland being opened to other ISPs. (Yes,
I know that Adelphia just entered the market about a year ago, and yes,
I know that the cablemodem rollout is far from complete.) Time
Warner isn't, either. I heard about them doing it in about a dozen test
markets (Central Ohio being one of them) but haven't heard anything since
then. To the south of my home, RoadRunner is *huge* in Akron, Canton
and Columbus. But it's the same old song and dance...

And I don't understand why every single ISP (regardless of size) isn't
doing more to stand up for open access. Ultimately, it will become an
issue of survival.

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