Susan Crawford has her facts wrong, as has been her habit of late. Check out her latest assertions of “truth” from a recent Bloomberg opinion piece, in which she trots out the “facts” on Cable’s so-called high-speed “dominance” of the U.S. wired broadband market:
[European regulator] Kroes may not understand how thoroughly cable operators control American markets for wired data distribution these days, and how willing telephone companies are to cooperate by ceding the wired field to cable and retreating to their own profit-rich mobile wireless businesses.
She assumes instead that Europe will have “infrastructure-based competition,” a concept that has been fashionable in the U.S. for the past 10 years, even though it hasn’t materialized. We have assumed that telephone companies would compete with cable companies to provide high-speed data access, and that this competition would obviate the need for regulation. We have been wrong…
…In March 2010, Verizon stopped expanding its FiOS fiber-optics services. As a result, Americans have switched to cable for wired Internet access in droves. Now the U.S. has a collection of regional cable monopolies that face neither competition nor oversight… (Emphasis added)
But looky here. On Tuesday, I took these pictures within my own zip code, in once rural, Mount Vernon, VA. In them you’ll notice:
- Verizon laying new FiOS facilities.
- In doing so, it’s putting new facilities-based competition into service.
- And, with the ad (at bottom, sent to me in this same zip code this Monday), you’ll see Verizon and Cox (a cable provider) going head-to-head, competing for high-speed customers.
According to Susan, this isn’t happening.
As these direct-marketing ads reveal, here’s Verizon going head-to-head for my high-speed dollars with cable-provider Cox (as well as Dish).
I guess my camera must have malfunctioned?