Telcos: The Internet Will Collapse If The Gov't Doesn't Gives Us Lots Of Money

from the proof,-please? dept

For a while now, we've been noting that whenever you hear people warning about the impending broadband crunch, it's politicians, consultants or lobbyists. When you actually talk to technologists, they point out that there's no problem and that normal upgrades will keep everything just fine -- even without having to do any kind of traffic shaping or violation of net neutrality.

Yet, that won't stop the lobbyists, consultants and top marketing execs from claiming otherwise. A trade group heavily funded by AT&T is out yet again, warning that the internet will collapse by 2012 if "something" isn't done -- with that "something" being basically big government subsidies to the telcos. Consider it the telco bailout plan of 2009. Hell, if we're already bailing out Wall St. and Detroit, why not telcos as well?

Filed Under: bandwidth crunch, broadband crunch, exaflood, net neutrality, subsidies, telcos


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    allen (profile), 25 Nov 2008 @ 7:36pm

    Bailout? Sheeze!

    This was the telcos chanting their mantra that unless the gubmint gives incentives (cash and regulatory), they cant justify investing in broadband and if they dont invest then broadband Armageddon is coming.

    They may have taken the opportunity to throw in a coda on how these "challenging economic times" make investing less attractive, but it was the same old song.

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