Craig Birkmaier wrote: > An interesting analysis! > > The author provides a very good explanation of why we are in such a > sorry, expensive mess in the U.S. when it comes to the relationship > between government and the media oligopoly. > > In essence the author tells us we need an "Act of Congress" to > restore competition. > > Maybe Bert can argue with him! I have to admit, it really makes me laugh when I see people whining about their addicition. Plus, this article, like so many others I've seen, paints with too broad a brush. They need to break down the costs. I think we pay $30/mo for broadband (ADSL, 1.5-2 Mb/s down), much like they quote as starting price for the UK; I get 51 channels of free H/DTV, much like the UK; I get thousands of other FOTI TV programs too. So honestly, those who feel compelled to pay $150-$200/mo cable TV bills don't get a lot of sympathy from me. Perhaps the author is unaware that FOTA and FOTI DTV exists? Wouldn't not surprise me. (Plus, examples where TV is paid for by TV tax revenues are HARDLY relevant here.) However, we *do* pay through the nose for telephone service, combined land line and cellular. And quite honestly, a HUGE fraction of that is taxes. So in spite of what Susan Crawford was quoted as saying, it's most likely not broadband *or* TV that costs a lot here. It's instead our heavily taxed telephone service. Maybe that's because we have to subsidize phone service to people who live in the middle of the Rockies, I don't know. Certainly, countries like Korea and Japan don't have that problem. If cable TV subscribers "pay too much," that's because MVPDs are not heavily regulated like the utilities, and because MVPD subscribers are unrepressed. I think it's funny to hear Craig asking for "an act of Congress" to protect unrepressed people from themselves. Inelastic demand begs for high prices. Duh. I anything, the FCC attempt to classify broadband as a telco service can only make matters worse. Just like telephone service. Also, of course, compare apples with apples. What is this $30 triple play service in Zurich? How many TV stations? I'll bet it's the TV selection that the Swiss want to migrate to OTA. They get what, 4 channels for free now? Hopefully, 4G and 5G will give the wired broadband providers some more competition, but I don't see that as the long pole in this tent. 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.