Comcast: A simple remedy?

[Note:  This item comes from friend Bob Frankston.  DLH]

From: “Bob Frankston” <Bob19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Subject: Comcast: A simple remedy?
Date: April 6, 2014 at 1:34:40 EDT
To: dewayne@warpspeed.com

How about a simple remedy – require cable companies to offer their content over any IP connection from any provider. Own TWC would give Comcast special access or control.

That would create real competition and moot the advantage from owning the wires themselves. Then we would have competition in pure connectivity apart from competition for content. It would also help level the playing field with others like Netflix and Hulu?

Of course the pricing for the transport and the content would have to be transparent to avoid special packaging deals that would tie transport and content together. Content packages would still make sense including services such as “phone” as long as they are over the common (IP) infrastructure.

I know that today’s cable system and franchise agreements are intended to make this difficult but as we see with today’s over-the-top, it’s no longer a technical problem in newer systems.

Next we should ask why TVs are become festooned with a different dongle for Roku, Google, Amazon, Apple, Cable etc. when bits are bits and there is “one Internet”. But that’s another discussion.

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