I like the existence of ISPs, don't you? - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 8th, 2003
06:28 pm - I like the existence of ISPs, don't you?
The phone companies don't like the existence of ISPs. It cuts into their control, and it cuts into their market. The phone company is remarkably hostile when it loses a customer. And, the FCC, rather unsurprisingly has been helping out the phone company's in a variety of ways. Everything from overlooking fraud to approving rate increases with the idea that the phone company will use the money to install new technology (like that will happen), sometimes both for the same company.
This article gives more detail, and some useful advice. IMHO, what ISPs should do is start investigating and implementing wireless WAN technologies. They'll be an expensive investment, but the long term payoff is potentially very large.
Oh, yes, these people might be good to visit too.