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Telco CFOs call for structurally separate netcos to operate Europe’s fibre networks Commission and regulators should focus on making the economics work for fibre roll-out and avoid political deals with dominant firms, companies stress Brussels, 30 March 2011: Chief Financial and Operating Officers from leading telecoms competitors met today with the European Commission and major banks to exchange views about the conditions needed to allow investment in ultra-fast fibre networks, at a roundtable event organised by ECTA. The roundtable comes at a critical time as the Commission explores ways to deliver the challenging "Digital Agenda” target of 50% of consumers using 100Mbit/s by 2020.
The cable company submission to the CRTC on usage based billing confirms what has been readily apparent to consumers for some time: there is no link between the prices charged by ISPs for usage pricing and the actual costs to ISPs. According to the cable companies: In order to be effective as an economic ITMP, the usage based price component needs to be established so as to discourage use above the set limit.
COMCAST used to have a secret limit as to how much data it allowed its cable-broadband customers to consume each month. Subscribers would cross the limit, have their service cancelled, and be provided no recourse. America has adopted a soft-touch approach to regulating broadband, defined as an information service instead of a telecoms one, and the federal government prevents states' attorneys general from addressing complaints about service.
I thank Andy Oram for this foreword:
Some Stock Jocks Still Really, Really Want FiOS To Fail - Sanford Bernstein: Building New Networks 'A Losing Proposition'Back in 2006 you'll recall that some investment analysts insisted that Verizon's $24 billion FiOS investment was " doomed " before it even got out of the gate.
... it's not always needed. Increasingly, smartphones get used with WiFi.
For quite a while I've been baffled by the inability of too many members of Congress to understand the importance of the network neutrality discussion. I'm not satisfied that I know for sure, but I may be getting closer.
During a panel at Web 2.0 Expo , someone asked if the panelists saw any signs that suggest mobile operating system fragmentation might decrease. One of the panelists had a blunt answer: “ No. There will be more fragmentation .”
Open...and Shut Just as the web seemed to have won - with consumers living their lives online through Facebook and Google and enterprises embracing cloud computing - along comes the mobile app to spoil the party. And while mobile apps aren't the only force prompting a reconsideration of the web, as noted in The Economist , no single factor may be more potent.
Bandwidth costs in the U.S. are between 2% and 5% of what we pay for broadband, a very minor part of the cost. So when the Washington Post suggested "It's expensive to run a broadband network," as a legitimate reason to block Netflix and other video I thought to revisit the actual numbers. Broadband is an extraordinarily profitable service.
Somewhere between 2-5% of your monthly broadband bill actually goes to bandwidth, long-time broadband industry analyst Dave Burstein reminds readers .
MEXICO CITY — Teléfonos de México, the country’s dominant fixed-line phone carrier, plans to carve out its rural lines into a separate company, adding a new layer to a dispute between the company and its competitors. The new company, to be called Telmex Social, would serve 46 percent of the country where there is no competition, according to an announcement on Tuesday, although it would account for only 12 percent of the parent company’s 15.5 million lines.