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Re: ISP's In Uproar Over Verizon-MCI Merger

  • From: Robert Bonomi
  • Date: Thu Aug 25 08:20:26 2005

> From  Wed Aug 24 23:28:58 2005
> Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 21:27:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Joel Jaeggli <>
> To: Daniel Golding <>
> Cc: Joe Abley <>, Lewis Butler <>,
>         NANOG list <>
> Subject: Re: ISP's In Uproar Over Verizon-MCI Merger
> On Wed, 24 Aug 2005, Daniel Golding wrote:
> >
> > I suggest you take another look at these numbers. Those countries with
> > overall population densities lower than the US's all have something in
> > common - they are really cold. Iceland, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden.
> > Folks in those countries are densely packed into relatively small regions of
> > their overall land area (near oceans or in cities). Sure, some folks live
> > out in Nunavut, but a relatively small number. Contrast that with the US
> > where the population is far more spread out.
> >
> > This is an issue of both distribution and density, not just density.
> So you're saying the US is screwed because of unique geography? Or is that 
> something poltical will can overcome?

political will cannot overcome the situation where it is further from the
_property-line_ to the house than the reach of DSL or cable -- never mind
the distance from the telco C.O., or the cable head-end.

Delivering service in low-population density areas is _expensive_, no matter
how you do it, when measured on a 'per user' basis.  'Wireless' is the most
efficient way to serve low-density areas, but the cost-per-user is still 
orders of magnitude higher than wired service in a high-population-density

If you want to do 'meaningful' geographic comparasions,  one needs to break
down each geopolitical entity into sub-areas, by population density.  and
look at relative coverage within the areas of 'comparable' population density.

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