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April 10, 2006

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Jerseygirl

Let's just say it's not Comcastic! I'm still waiting here in NJ--Verizon's home state--to have access to FiOS. But I'm not holding my breath.

Paulaner01

Count me in as somebody that wants more choice, lower price, and better service. All it takes is one more competitor in any place where cable has a monopoly, and we're going to see immediate results. Many communities have already seen this and I hope that many more get to do the same - in fact, all of New Jersey might soon have the luxury with FiOS. Let's keep our fingers crossed...

tpwk

I think this is an issue that goes beyond New Jersey. When companies are able to introduce new technologies to other states, their capacity for growth increases, and allows them to innovate in other states as well. No wonder Comcast and Cablevision are so desperate to misinform their viewers and enforce their monopolies. That's just not right. Why not pour that money into offering a better service?

Elliott Mitchell

"... in large part from free advertising on its own networks – the ability few, if any, other companies have. The power to run your own lobbying ads with the potential to block your opponents’ ads should raise serious concerns with lawmakers and regulators."

Isn't this a strong argument for "net neutrality?"

Bob Johnson

Elliott, thanks for writing. To the contrary, this is an example of how government should step in only when there is an infraction.
Unlike the broadband market, which is what the proponents of net neutrality regulation want to cover, the cable marketplace where Cablevision exists is not competitive. Consumers want video choice now and net neutrality regulation will only slow down deployment of new, high-speed networks. The companies that are eager to get into video have stated very publicly that they will not block or degrade any legal content or services from consumers. Consumers, not the government should determine what content and services should be delivered. Moreover, the government shouldn’t guess now what the Internet of the future will look like.

pkp646

Just another way in which cablecos are proving themselves adverse to what is best for the customer. If they had nothing to worry about from services like Verizon's FIOS they wouldn't revert to such dirty business tactics. I say the best thing for local and state governments to do is to open up the market and let companies like Verizon in for the good of the consumer.

tpwk

That's an excellent point, Bob. Champions of the free market are often accused of being naive when it comes to the greed of companies. However, this is a perfect example of what the free market could do (and is prevented from doing). Companies will fight for their share of customers, when they are allowed to do so by local governments.

hack

Bravo, tpwk, you are exactly right on all points.

AJ Carey

Comcast, Time Warner, and Friends, all strong advocates of monopolies in the true sense of the word. I can't help but think that the culprit is outdated cable franchise laws which promote these monopolies against serious competition like Verizon is trying to provide with its FIOS service.

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