Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Well first, AT&T had NO COMPETITION, except for > telegraph and the limited amount of spectrum that > is allocated for private two-way radio. And in the > early years, this was a VERY capital intensive > business. One could argue that a monopoly was > needed just to encourage the investment in > infrastructure, as was the case when the government > decided to subsidize the development of rural > infrastructure by shifting revenues from the more > profitable urban consumers. Okay, so you argue that back then, a monopoly was essential to create the infrastructure of this "utility," but that now this is no longer the case. Which is what I'm also arguing. For terrestrial OTA television, you don't need a monopoly to provide the infrastucture. Not saying it CAN'T be done that way, just saying that there are better alternatives. > we are moving to a telecom infrastructure where > phones do not have wires, as this is the usage > pattern that most consumers want. Well, that's completely misleading. The telephone *instrument* might be wireless, but the system that makes it work is quite "wired." But that's neither here nor there. > 2. Creation of a real market for use of the > infrastructure - The utility should have little > if ANY say in the pricing structure. This is for > the marketplace and regulators to decide. Regulators? So this is a step in the wrong direction. Having to depend on regulators is something you do when there are no better alternatives, not something you do when plain old competition can do a better job. > Broadcasters will ONLY focus on THEIR market. > There is no incentive for cost shifting to > provide service to smaller markets. And there > is no incentive to allocate spectrum for > potentially competitive applications. I guess you really don't believe in free enterprise working, then. Broadcasters, and the conglomerates that own stations, can certainly do a better job of providing TV for the smaller markets than cable TV companies can, simply because their infrastructure costs are far lower per household served. However, the govt can always play a role here, with tax incentives. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.