Thursday, July 27, 2006

Eminent Domain their Butts

In Sacha Meinrath's blog, he writes about the growing noise surrounding using the Eminent Domain ruling at the Supreme Court to make the Cable and Telcos live up to the promises. DSL Reports, TechDirt, The Weekly Standard - all have written about it.
"Maybe the incumbent network providers--the Verizons, Comcasts, AT&Ts--can be made to compete; threatening to seize their stagnating networks via eminent domain is just one creative idea to get them to do this." I was just talking with Becca Vargo Daggett and Richard MacKinnon here at the MuniWireless Conference in Santa Clara about this very issue and was stunned to see it in the June 26, 2006 issue of the Weekly Standard. With broadband penetration rates in the United States continuing to stagnate, and many communities being un(der)served by incumbent providers, this is a solution whose time may be coming quickly.

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