Originally Posted by Cap'n Preshoot
Cable TV is not a "Utility" and therefore is not a critical component of the national infrastructure. By contrast, legacy landline telephone service is
both a Federally and state regulated utility and a critical component.
I really do expect you will see a number of folks switching back to legacy landline phone service when all of this is over. What's more important, cheap phone service w/free LD or phone service that works?
And if you were to look at what AT&T Long Lines (The AT&T of the Past, pre SBC merger) brings to the table. The entire downtown switching office could be wiped off the face of the earth, and AT&T could have services restored in 96 hours. They have crews trained in this, and do "drills" 4 times a year. I had the opportunity to visit one of the sites where they were performing such a drill, and it is quite a site to see. Even today, AT&T reports that all of Galveston county (Including Bolivar Penensula) is back in communications, both wireline and wireless, just 10 days after the storm.
No, I think that the FCC needs to take a hard look at Cable TV, and consider making it "Critical Infrastructure" with the increase in VoIP and other Voice services, as well as with the Digital TV transition making it harder for people to just plug in "rabbit ears" and get their critical public information.
And for the sake of full disclosure, I work in the communications sector, but in private business (PBX's, etc). I subscribe to Comcast for TV, my Internet and Phone Service are through AT&T (UVerse not available in my apartment complex).