Comcast Offers To Wire Up Unconnected Customer For Ten Grand?
from the seems-a-bit-pricey dept
While the current FCC and many of its supporters seem to have no problem saying that a cable/DSL duopoly equals “competition” for broadband, plenty of others are discovering the problems with such a solution. If you happen to be in a part of town considered not worth serving, too bad. Comcast has apparently told one potential customers in a neighborhood where every street but his has coverage, that the only way they’ll extend service to his street is if he pays $10,000 — which is quite the setup fee. Now, obviously, these are for profit businesses, and they’re going to make decisions like this all the time. But, it does show how people can be left out when there isn’t real competition. Hopefully new wireless offerings will help alleviate these types of issues — but so far, the incumbents are battling hard to stop any kind of wireless competition as well. In the meantime, it would be nice if the original story had provided more details, because a few points do seem questionable. The city where this is happening isn’t named, and as some people note in the comments to the original story, the local officials should pull the exclusive franchise they gave Comcast if they’re unwilling to offer service. The whole reason municipalities gave out exclusive franchises to cable providers was that was the only way the cable providers would guarantee universal coverage. If the government comes back and threatens to pull the franchise, then suddenly wiring up that street is going to be a lot more appealing — at a price much lower than $10,000.