Net Neutrality Links
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The five companies, Advance, Charter, Cablevision, Cox and Insight, told the [Federal Trade] Commission in a Sept. 27 filing their Voice over IP services are at risk because of what the telephone companies might do to thwart competition. The filing noted: Ã¢â¬ÅIn the head-to-head competition with cable, the ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers, aka telephone companies), have a powerful weapon Ã¢â¬â their ability to discriminate against cableÃ¢â¬â¢s voice service by imposing unreasonable, costly interconnection requirements. This is clearly the case with AT&T.Ã¢â¬Â
This merger, the cable companies said, Ã¢â¬Åwill increase AT&TÃ¢â¬â¢s incentives and ability to wield its market power over interconnection against its cable competitions. AT&T has the incentive and ability to discriminate against cableÃ¢â¬â¢s voice service to retain its own customers.Ã¢â¬Â The companies want the Commission to impose detailed conditions on the merger which govern interconnection, traffic flow and the like.
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The sympathy meter drops a few more notches when the cable industry further declines to realize that the Ã¢â¬Åincentive and ability to discriminateÃ¢â¬Â principle they oppose on the part of the telephone companies is the same principle at the heart of Net Neutrality.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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