Mixed Signals: Is There A Broadband Price War? Is It A New Thing?
from the depends-on-who-you-ask dept
So, apparently, broadband providers are extending all sorts of promotions with cheap pricing to get people onto their network, but if you actually want to use the network, you should expect much higher pricing. That seems like a recipe for disaster.
Of course, the truth is somewhere in between. The so-called "price war" is exaggerated for effect -- as it's often nearly impossible to get the actual advertised prices in many cases. Meanwhile, Bennett exaggerates the claim that we're seeing price increases due to caps. Broadband caps will eventually be recognized as a hindrance to innovation, but they're hardly a price increase in most cases. And, if they really do end up being a huge price increase for users, then won't that create incentives for the other providers (the ones that the WSJ claims are itching to steal customers away) to get rid of the caps or change them? That is unless there really isn't competition in the market -- and Bennett himself was just suggesting that there's plenty of competition in the broadband market.
So, based on these various stories, it seems that, thanks to the FCC's deregulatory efforts, we have tremendous competition in the broadband market that is driving down prices, except for the fact that it's driving up prices due to the lack of competition in the market created by bad FCC rules. Clear?