Friday, October 31, 2014

The American way of broadband: slow - LA Times

The American way of broadband: slow - LA Times: In Southern California, for example, an open-access arrangement would allow upstart Internet companies and low-cost wireless providers to book space on broadband and cellular networks owned by the likes of Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon.

"If you want to lower prices and improve service, you need to increase competition," said Allen Hammond, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law who specializes in telecom issues. "One way to do that is keep the network open."

A primary reason existing telecom infrastructure providers are slow to upgrade and build out their networks is their reliance on closed access, proprietary networks serving customer homes and businesses. That introduces a lot of business risk that impedes upgrades since they cannot easily predict how many will subscribe to and maintain Internet service offerings.

Since they operate on a wholesale basis selling access to Internet service providers, open access networks substantially reduce and spread that risk since any one provider doesn't have to bear network construction costs directly alone and cover them by signing up and keeping subscribers.

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