Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Competitive is the U.S. Special Access Market?

How competitive is the U.S. special access market? Apparently, more competitive than previously thought. Four of the largest cable providers now report they have 22 times more Ethernet-capable locations than the data on which the Federal Communications Commission based its May 2 further notice of proposed rulemaking.

A Comcast executive, for example, recently argued that the U.S. special access market is “healthy and competitive and the entry of cable companies shows that competition is growing," said David Cohen, Comcast senior EVP. "The government should step back and regulate less.”

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U.S. Consumers Do Not Like Their ISPs. Price is Not the Issue

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