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On 07/24/2012 10:34 AM, James Knott wrote:
Russell Wilson wrote:
try starting with something like 1/4 population of New York, 1000 times its surface area, and 1/4 of 1% of its financial worth

First off, I was thinking of the international trunks. Analog systems are so obsolete that it would cost more to maintain them then to replace. However, even domestically, the same still applies. I don't know if you're referring to New York City or New York State, but even assuming the city, Canada has about 4 × the population, or 16 × that of NZ, but the area of almost 10 million sq Kilometres is close to 40 times that of New Zealand, yet the analog phone system is long gone here.

BTW, I've worked in the telecommunications industry for most of my career and it's been over 30 years since the last time I saw an analog system. New Zealand would *REALLY* have to be a back water country to still be using an analog phone system.

I live in the "county seat" of Chemung County in New York State. We are a city, but not a big one, unlike the "county seat" 50 mile from here. They are 10 time bigber than ours.

There is a program where the government is pushing broadband access for most of the US users, but it does not mean that access is cheap.

What I would love to see is fiber to the homes instead of fiber to a "node" somewhere in the 4-6 block area and then have coax to the home. That is what here for our cable-modem system. Our DSL system goes through the phone line, but it can be more expensive. They want you to have a "regular" non-digital phone line with them before you are able to get their service. So even if you want a digital-phone service, you will be required to have a regular one as well. I have my broadband downloading [only 120 MB/s uploading do to cable issues], digital phone, and TV digital cable service from the one company. It cost less this way, but is still cost a lot out of my budget.

I would love to see a cheaper solution in my area. With an inexpensive broadband service, I could add a third-party digital phone service and also watch most of my TV shows via the streaming video services [free mostly, but paid sometimes]. I could cut my budget for those services down to about a third of what I am currently paying.

What we need is the political boost for allowing competition in our market instead of having one cable company and one phone company. There is no competition to keep the rates down.

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