The average American citizen is left powerless.
Three years ago, Time Warner Cable told us they would charge us $53, 927 to connect us to their service .6 miles away.
At the same time, they wired the same space for $40,000 less in Maine (with similar population densities and for free).
I asked why the discrepancy? In fact, I asked and probed for a year. No one from Time Warner, or its monitor, the New York State Public Service Commission, could tell me.
$13,200: the amount Time Warner paid to wire .6 miles in Maine.
$53,927.00: the amount Time Warner quoted us this past
spring to expand service .6 miles to our home with the potential to serve over 11 households.
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—–here we are three years later and the Washington Post cites a court case which speaks to the issue:
if there is little or no competition for a monopolistic giant, citizens are at the mercy and random will of a corporation.
Here is an excerpt from the Washington Post article, September 1, 2014:
What does this have to do with the Comcast merger? According to Netflix, Dish and others, regulators currently face a similar situation
where you have two major Internet service providers who don’t compete against each other in local markets, but whose combination would
create an entity that would be similarly empowered to dictate outcomes across a range of other industries nationally.
copyright, Claire A. Perez
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