The idea that only one class of wires -- regular, POTS, local phone voice calling access lines -- are now the foundation and criteria for 'shutting off the copper' or to be used as the principle policy driver, is ludicrous.
While HEVC Advance is quick to say how "fair and reasonable" their terms are, they aren't. The best way to describe their terms would be unreasonable and greedy.
America is getting a big, fat downgrade, but don't bother to tell the FCC or the media. How, exactly is this the "best technology available"?
In 2009, I came across a rate increase on Verizon New York's regular, residential local phone service which was granted by the NYPSC. It was based on Verizon's claims that they had undertaken a "massive deployment of fiber optics" and had major financial 'losses.'
Cable television systems thumbed noses at Senator John McCain's call a couple of years ago for unbundled content options, but consumers have responded to a wider marketplace of real-time choices and technologies.
By July 2014, 100 percent of New York City's residential households should have been able to get FiOS cable service delivered over a fiber optic wire that was supposed to replace the aging copper-based infrastructure.
Verizon New York's Annual Report for 2014 has just come out and it is a page turner. Let me start with some facts and then answer two questions -- How did Verizon New York lose billions in 2014? Isn't FiOS, Verizon's fiber optic service, profitable?
Verizon NY (VNY) is supposed to have 100% of New York City upgraded, replacing the aging copper-based networks with a fiber optic infrastructure for the delivery of a service called FiOS that offers cable TV, High-speed Internet and Digital Phone services.
This plan's advertised price cost is $10.00 and yet the actual costs to the customer are $32.00, hiding a whopping 220% above this advertised price. Is this 'fair and reasonable'? Is this deceptive advertising? Where are the savings for buying this 'slim package'?
After careful deliberation, my friend and I thought we'd discovered an opening: at around 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday, the two shaggy-haired ushers would disappear from the lobby for 15-20 minutes.
The future of television is going to be bottom-up, meaning people will be able to pick and choose which channels and networks they subscribe to and support, without lengthy contracts, with very flexible hardware options, cutting out the cable middlemen.
On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release in the language of a telegraph to reinforce this view point.
Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.
It's been one year since Comcast unveiled its bid to merge with its fellow cable-and-Internet behemoth Time Warner Cable. The deal is currently under review by the federal government.
In our Petition for Investigation of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast, we point out that TWC's High-Speed Internet service has a 97 percent profit margin and a number of people asked how that statistic was derived. Simple. Time Warner Cable provides the information, (with some caveats).