CenturyLink Won't Provide DSL, Wants To Block Competitor From Getting Fed Funds To Offer Wireless
from the if-we-won't,-no-one-can... dept
It’s no secret that many ISPs prefer to have a monopoly. We’ve seen it over and over again in efforts to block competitors from getting into the space, while at the same time they lobby the government for more rights of way and other benefits. The latest example is CenturyLink (a combination of CenturyTel and Embarq) in North Carolina. The company has made it clear that it won’t provide DSL to certain “low density” areas. And if that’s what it wants to do, fine. But, it shouldn’t then try to block those who do want to offer broadband, such as Electronic Solutions Inc., which Broadband Reports notes has applied for federal broadband stimulus funds to offer wireless broadband services in those areas. Yet, CenturyLink has filed a complaint with the government saying that because it offers broadband in “some or all” (see what it did there?) of the areas ESI wants to provide service in, CenturyLink is suggesting that the feds shouldn’t give ESI the money it’s asking for.
Now, this is a case where accurate data on broadband penetration might be helpful, but when Connected Nation keeps winning contracts to provide such maps — and Connected Nation is set up by the same broadband incumbents who don’t want competition, guess how accurate those maps will be?