Monday, June 27, 2005

A "Supreme" Decision

In my opinion, this is very disruptive news. You see who wins and who loses?

From Cable Companies Don't Need To Share Lines .

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumers' choices.

The 6-3 decision is a victory for the Bush administration, which sought exclusive control to promote broadband investment from deep-pocketed cable companies

At issue is whether cable Internet access is a "telecommunications service" under federal law that makes it subject to strict FCC rules requiring companies to provide access to independent providers.

Cable companies have invested billions to set up broadband networks and are now reaping the benefits

Left unregulated, cable companies will monopolize the market, with unfettered ability to raise prices and restrict content for their business advantage, they said.

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