This from the same company that just informed millions of customers dramatic new broadband caps and price increases weren't actually caps, but were instead the company's divine manifestation of its limitless quest for "fairness."
Re: The mists are clearing, the image is coming through...
The good news is that this is getting harder to do. They were only able to do this in the first place because the press was totally apathetic to these kinds of stories for ten years. That's changed. I see municipal broadband talked about all the time now, thanks in large part to the attention Google Fiber drives...
I think Google Fiber's emphasis on working WITH communities, instead of seeing them as adversaries and telling them to go fuck themselves, has been pretty huge. I watched for fifteen years as nobody gave a damn that state legislatures were passing protectionist laws keeping incumbents from competing. Google's entry mysteriously suddenly woke everybody up this stuff and now we're finally seeing traction on the subject...
"why are you skeptical about the existence of a smoking gun just waiting to be found in this particular case?"
Because I've studied, written about, and watched Verizon for fifteen years, ten hours a day? They don't document this kind of stuff. They cover their tracks. They have fantastic lawyers, and rarely if even do they even suffer from whistle blowers (unlike AT&T).
"He actually did a pretty good job of describing how the free market can keep bad actors in line. It really does work that way."
Unless his comments were more in depth than what AOL-owned TechCrunch reported, he generally just waves his hand in the general direction of accountability and suggests everything will just kind of work out.
"Trouble is, telecom isn't a free market. And when conditions of freedom don't exist in the marketplace, because the industry is dominated by anticompetitive actors, then free market principles break down and you need a completely different toolset--monopoly economic principles--to correctly analyze it."
Absolutely. Whether it's Verizon's domination over the last mile for fixed line broadband, or the duopoly retail power it enjoys with AT&T over wireless (and backhaul), we're talking about an entirely different potato.