|Re: Broadband Competition Must Surely be Working|
|Neal McLain (email@example.com)|
Sun, 28 Aug 2005 14:51:43 -0500
>> I agree with Garrett. Your local cable company HAD to build a
>> separate network in order to carry NTSC television signals. A cable
>> network is vastly different from the telephone network: it has to
>> carry much higher frequencies (by about 14 octaves), and it serves an
>> entirely different market.
But not in the local loop.
> Indeed, the phone co has been carrying TV signals for
But not in the local loop.
> The telco could've integrated cable signals into its existing
What do you mean by "integrated cable signals into its existing
If you mean they could have placed coax cable plant on existing poles
But if you mean sending "cable signals" (NTSC signals modulated onto
> There would've been definite economies of
>> On the other hand, CATV labor costs were often lower than telco's
> I've seen and dealt with cable construction by various companies. To
Yet you still claim that telcos could have built CATV systems at lower
> Cable used existing infrastructure -- the same poles power and phone
Sure. They were taking advantage of "economies of scale" by using
> Because the cable is a common signal, it is much simpler to run than
Arguably not true. But even if it were true, what's it got to do with
> So, either the costs of cable are so high that the phoneco should've
> I dare say VOIP and other value-added services were in mind when they
True. But I thought this thread was about the relative costs of coax
>> Because local loop plant won't carry NTSC television signals. The only
> A great many phone subscribers do not have a dedicated pair of copper
But none of those "various ways" changes the fact that local loop plant
> As mentioned, telcos know about coax and TV.
Which probably explains why they didn't try to send TV signals over
>> And because, under federal law, the telcos' "natural monopoly" didn't
> Telcos couldn't do so because of a policy decision, not a technical
Cross-ownership rules in place at the time required telcos to obtain
> The long distance network was built to carry voice, TV, and
But the local loop wasn't.
> The local loop can be set up to carry high speed data and at
A local loop can be "set" to carry "pulsed signals (not modulated)"
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