How The Poor Would Pay More & Receive Less Under New Telecom Bill

Let phone and cable firms compete for TV viewers
INTERNET VIDEO IS GOOD FOR MARKETPLACE, BUT SERVICE MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ALL
Mercury News Editorial
Aril 7, 2006

"Instead of everyone benefiting from lower prices and better service, it's possible that only a few would — and they'd be the ones least in need of lower prices. The gap between digital haves and have-nots would grow wider. And cable firms, which are under stricter requirements to serve entire communities, would be at an unfair disadvantage.

Phone companies insist they will not engage in such discrimination, which they claim is illegal. What's more, they say many of the best potential customers are in ethnically diverse urban areas rather than well-to-do suburbs.

But without enforceable requirements to the contrary, it would be only natural for phone companies to go after the most lucrative customers. And communities left behind could do little more than complain about it."

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