Huber: Telecom undone-a cautionary tale

Eric S. Johansson
Wed, 22 Jan 2003 12:10:25 -0500

R. A. Hettinga wrote:
> At 3:56 PM -0800 on 1/21/03, Mr. FoRK wrote:
>>Does a competing system come into
>>existence (but it's have to be the long distance carrier of bits)?
> No. Because the Godless Democrats :-) have recursively micro-regulated the
> local loop out of existence.

don't we wish.  Unfortunately, regulators, politicians, etc. are to 
chicken to take the next step which is structural separation and cleave 
apart services from infrastructure.  Only after you separate services 
and infrastructure can you have competition at the services level.

First mile infrastructure is a natural monopoly characterized by 
increasing competition yielding increasing subscriber costs.

--- eric