Net Neutrality Links
I’m adding this link to the Net Neutrality Page.
In this case, weÃ¢â¬â¢re talking about a real UTOPIA, the clever acronym for the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency, a group of 14 cities which banded together to build a fiber-to-the-home network that will eventually provide 100 mbps service.
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From the start, UTOPIAÃ¢â¬â¢s developers thought through the public policy issues, particularly the competitive ones. Their answer was not to compete with private-sector companies, but to provide a platform for them.
UTOPIA said in its background materials it solves the competitive issue very simply, Ã¢â¬Åby offering a network that is open to a variety of competitors that vie for customers based on the price, quality, and innovativeness of their services rather than on the basis that the customer has no other choice.Ã¢â¬Â
[Keith Wilson, president of DynamicCity, the networkÃ¢â¬â¢s operator] said the wholesale model eliminates the Net Neutrality objection right from the start because any service provider can get access to the UTOPIA network. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s where the Ã¢â¬ÅNet Neutrality on steroidsÃ¢â¬Â description comes from. The fact that any provider can get on the network Ã¢â¬Åtakes the wind out of the sails of the incumbents,Ã¢â¬Â Wilson said.
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The individual service providers arenÃ¢â¬â¢t bound by the Net Neutrality, Wilson said, Ã¢â¬ÅThe [Net Neutrality] problem exists when the network owner is wielding influence. When the owner is inherently open to all providers, then they [the providers on the network] can shoot themselves in the foot. They have to take the risk with their users who might be offended [by violations of Net Neutrality] and go to someone else.Ã¢â¬Â
There are so far five service providers using the UTOPIA network. Four are local, MStar, Sisna, Veracity and XMission. AT&T is also offering service. MStar is the only one offering data, phone and TV.
How do customers make out with UTOPIA? HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a brief comparison. Comcast charges $68 per month for 3 mbps service. Qwest charges $54.99 for 3 mbps or $44.99 for 1.5 mbps.
On the other hand, MStar charges $39.95 for 10 mbps, XMission charges $40 for 15 mbps, and even AT&T can charge $39.95 for 15 mpbs.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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