I'd take whatever this says with a LARGE load of salt. For instance, this paragraph: "New franchises? Verizon's FiOS and AT&T's Lightspeed are inferior services. We're 16th in broadband because they companies conned the American Public and never delivered. Asia has 100 Mbps services for $40 bucks... and we have?"
This is misleading, if you want to be diplomatic and kind to the writer. If you want to be blunt, it's a stupid lie. There are many reasons for this: One, every "cheap" service that gets brought up is NEVER cheap. The retail price to the consumer is low, but the consumer is usually paying a massive tax premium far in excess of Americans to buy a service they neither need nor want. Population density for many of these deployments is usually many times what it is here in the US, and real cost of providing service to far-flung rural areas isnt' cheap. We pioneered most of this stuff. American dollars often paid for the research and the development that made these things mass producible in countries that didn't invent a single iota of it. If we're 16th in broadband acceptance by consumers, it's because consumers aren't buying it. Figure out why, and you have your perfect marketing tool. North East Oregon Fastnet, LLC 509-593-4061 personal correspondence to: mark at neofast dot net sales inquiries to: purchasing at neofast dot net Fast Internet, NO WIRES! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----- Original Message ----- From: "David E. Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 5:36 PM Subject: [WISPA] Talking Point: Broadband, the phone company,and a lot of money > This is turning out to be a fun little read: > > http://www.newnetworks.com/broadbandscandals.htm (there's a link on that > page to download their 400-page PDF book, free "this week only," after > that it's $20) > > This book alleges that over the past twenty years, the various RBOCs > have essentially scammed $200 billion out of their customers (that's > most of us) and the government, with various promises of delivering an > open fiber-based network to basically everywhere presently served by > copper lines. Allegedly, telcos have promised fiber to virtually every > home in the States, 45Mbps network connections, 500 TV channels, and > possibly fuzzy stuffed animals for all your children. > > It's a bit of a difficult read; it reminds me of The X-Files, in a bad > way. (The "paranoid conspiracy wacko" way, not the "mmmm Dana Scully is > yummy" way.) But give it a go; like I said, it's free if you grab a copy > this week, and you can read it later at your leisure. > > If this book's claims are true (granted, that's an awful big "if"), a > lot of people should probably be really torqued. > > David Smith > MVN.net > -- > WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: > http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > > Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/