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Re: Choice of ISP

 On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 10:33:55PM -0400, Ben Eisenbraun wrote: 
> On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 05:28:45PM -0400, Ruben Safir wrote: 
> > 
> > Verizon has an exclussive last mile in almost every major city for wire.   
> I don't think this is correct. 
> Circa 2000 when RCN actually had working capital and were in the process 
> of building out local plants, they secured permits for last mile access 
> running past about 20 million homes in the Boston to Washington corridor.   
> They currently have over-built HFC plant servicing about 1.3 million 
> addresses.  According to their 2007 SEC filing, they still have permits 
> for access to another 5 million homes, but typically these agreements 
> expire if they haven't been built out by some deadline, and RCN is not 
> building much new plant these days. 
> > Certain area's, under the now defunct Telephone and Communications act, 
> > were allowed to ditch Verizon and use RCN, or other providers, but they 
> > still hook up to Verizon somewhere outside of the zone, according to a 
> > contract.  Cooper Village and Styverant Town in Manhattan is an example 
> > of that. 
> Can you explain this in more detail?  I'm slightly familiar with the 
> PCV/ST setup, since I used to work for RCN, and I'm under the impression 
> that the RCN equipment in those buildings is on one of their Manhattan 
> SONET loops. 

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