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  1. I concur with you about scale and fixed cost. Government policies establish the guardrails for this equilibrium.
  2. I supported the FCC’s action yesterday. I don’t like monopolies, but I dislike duopolies more because it’s the illusion of competition. I support policies that ensure and encourage vibrant competition between multiple market participants. When physical threats and intimidation are involved, that undermines any legitimacy to one’s position in my opinion.
  3. This needs to be substantially improved.
  4. http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-statement-on-fccs-repeal-net-neutrality-regulations.htm
  5. Net Neutrality does not address the scenario you described. Having enough competition does, and that gets us to the questions: “what government policies are preventing competition?” and “what government policies would facilitate it?”
  6. Consumer protection is reverting to the FTC: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/12/statement-acting-ftc-chairman-maureen-k-ohlhausen-fccs-approval Here’s the signed MOU between the FCC and FTC linked to in the release: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cooperation_agreements/fcc_fcc_mou_internet_freedom_order_1214_final_0.pdf The MOU details the responsibilities of each going forward. It also details how the FCC and FTC will work jointly. Local governments can help encourage last mile competition. Unfortunately, they haven’t done that as much as they should or have done the opposite in cases. Ultimately, I believe the last mile problem will be addressed and solved by Fixed 5G Wireless. Local governments should do what they can to expedite it: improved permitting process, etc.
  7. Put the blame where it belongs: Officials on City Councils or Local Governments who don’t have pro-competition policies or who sign exclusive franchise agreements with one company. Want 5G Fixed Wireless to happen sooner so that the incumbent provider has to compete? Make it easier (and faster) for Sprint or another company to build a cell site by overhauling the permitting process. Want another wireline company to provide service? Make it easier for them to enter the market. Governments are in a position to do that. It’s all about who you vote for. Finally, if you don’t like how a company does business, don’t do business with them. The current Sprint Hotspot solution I suggested earlier isn’t ideal for everyone, but if you stand on your principles, it’s certainly a viable option.
  8. You go to the competition.
  9. In a vibrant, competitive market, you won’t have to do without it. You’ll get what you want for what you want to pay... or like you said, you’ll go to the competition. Net Neutrality doesn’t solve the lack of ISP competition in a municipality. That’s the fault of your local Councils, Boards and Governments. If you want a new local competitor, make it easy for them to enter and compete.
  10. No, that’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m for companies giving people what they want at prices they want to pay. I support easier market entry, faster permitting processes and other pro-competition factors which enable more market participants to allow for a greater level of competition overall. Ultimately through this process, people will select what they want for what they want to pay and be satisfied. This happens with enough choice and competition.
  11. Price ensures supply and capacity. That’s just what it is for anything. We’d like to think of the Internet infrastructure as limitless, but it’s not. It’s a limited resource like anything else. If something is too cheap, there won’t ever be enough of it and there won’t be enough of an incentive to produce it or supply it in quantity. Most conversations I’ve had about markets and supply/capacity starts with: “Why can’t we give everyone “X” for “Y”?” And ends with: “Why can’t we give everyone “X” for “Y”?” Things exist and are often better because people are willing to pay more. It also ensures adequate supply for them. This applies to mailing a letter. Pick your delivery time. There isn’t enough capacity to make all letters express next day and the cost structure can’t support it. However for the people that opt in, there’s enough supply/capacity. This applies to Sprint with its Ultra HD add-on for $10/Month. It’s there if you want it. There likely isn’t enough capacity to make all users Ultra HD, but there is for those expected number who opt-in for it. With enough competition, people ultimately get what they want for what they want to pay. People should have the option to pay to avoid cat video congestion if they’re working on mission critical work (in their minds at least) for example.
  12. Fixed 5G Wireless is the key to all this happening.
  13. It’s my best guess. You can actually do this on Sprint now to a degree. Sprint now offers an Unlimited Hotspot Data Plan for $50/Month. Streaming is limited to 480P (it would be nice to have an HD Add-on) but this is passable. If you want to show Comcast/Verizon and the others how you feel, close your wallet and walk away.
  14. Yup. 5G Fixed Wireless is ultimately where T-Mobile is going for its TV venture with Layer 3. Comcast/Verizon will be cut out of the loop entirely, as you won’t need a wireline, and there’s your competition. Perhaps Sprint will get in on this as well with its trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum. Best thing to do is support local officials that want to expedite the permitting and it’ll all happen sooner.
  15. I know. For many however, the price and service will be just what they need... and there will be overlap. And the best thing to do is reform the permitting process to enable this competition to happen sooner.
  16. 5G fixed wireless from wireless carriers.
  17. Vote.... or Run. Support people that want to improve and expedite the permitting process for Cell Sites. 5G Fixed Wireless will happen.... and sooner with supportive office holders.
  18. Actions can be taken at the local level to improve competition in those markets.
  19. A couple pieces for your consideration: http://pinetreepolitics.bangordailynews.com/2017/11/29/relax-your-internet-will-be-just-fine/ https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/industry-voices-gillott-time-to-take-a-breath-and-chill-about-net-neutrality Sprint offers HD Video with Unlimited Freedom at 1080P. And if you want to, now you can pay $10/Month per line for Ultra HD Video. We all remember when Unlimited Freedom was rolled out with Mobile Optimized Video and it was a $20/Month Add-On for HD Video per line. There was competition from other carriers with better plan pricing/features, and Sprint responded by including HD Video for free and matching the 10 GB Hotspot offered. I don’t see this being any different. The FTC’s job is to ensure there’s enough competition for that to happen.
  20. The Internet grew like hell before the last 2 years of “Net Neutrality” was enacted. Why would the future now be any different? If anything, the Internet will innovate through this line anything else.
  21. You don’t think the FTC is capable of handling this well?
  22. A little levity (and some truth) here. The Internet was fine before these rules. It’ll be fine after these rules are repealed. The FTC will take over to ensure fair competition. https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/12/statement-acting-ftc-chairman-maureen-k-ohlhausen-fccs-approval
  23. Apparently the “Un-carrier Architect” has left T-Mobile for “undisclosed” reasons: https://www.geekwire.com/2017/internal-email-t-mobile-commercial-chief-uncarrier-architect-leaves-undisclosed-reasons/ Pushed out the door?
  24. https://twitter.com/guengott68/status/940957687696838659 It’s a shame Günther is leaving. Hopefully Dr. Saw hops on Twitter and takes the role of being a strong advocate for Sprint’s technology.