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The Telecom Digest for December 29, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 256 : "text" Format
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Re: Can the FCC Handle Phone Service over the Internet? (HAncock4)

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Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:57:06 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Can the FCC Handle Phone Service over the Internet? Message-ID: <acf044fb-cafb-468a-8d18-c0a1777039ef@googlegroups.com> On Friday, December 27, 2013 9:50:58 AM UTC-5, Fred Goldstein wrote: > What the Bells want is for interconnection to be treated like the > Internet. Then they could refuse to pay competitors to deliver their > calls, and demand higher rates from competitors who send them calls, > or refuse them entirely. Size gives an advantage in that situation. Ok, but are the "Baby Bells" today still of a big enough size to have that much market power? It certainly seems that today many callers are not using Baby Bell service, rather, cable TV provided, direct trunking (for large businesses), or wireless. So, a Baby Bell wouldn't be involved at all. Further, who owns today's long-haul circuits? In addition, if the Baby Bells tried unscrupulous wholesale charging practices on interconnections, then their competitors could retaliate in the same way. The competitors today are big enough to have a solid foothold in the marketplace, even if not dominant. For instance, Comcast today is a powerful company with deep pockets. One cloudy area is today's "at&t", which is both a long haul carrier and local company. Lastly, wasn't the whole idea of Divestiture to create a non-regulated marketplace? In the real world, marketplaces are not perfect--some companies grow stronger than others, some take advantage of special circumstances to charge very high rates when possible. So, a convenience store will charge more for groceries than a supermarket. That is the real world. We can't have a regulated marketplace when it suits us, and a competitive one when it suits us.
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