Today the FCC ruled on Net Neutrality.
See the big fat power wires in my image? Power is a regulated utility.
One of my co-workers asked "Is this a good or bad thing?"
What i basicaally said was:
It’s just another ‘thing’. Let’s face it gents: we work in the utility business. Regulated and semi-monopoly. It’s been that way for a while. And now the federal legislation backs it up and makes it official. Our telecom/ISP business has always been, on the surface, a cutting edge technology business, but at it’s core, it is a real estate and construction business. You can’t flip a switch and make a T1 automagically appear one block away. You start from scratch, from the Central Office (CO), from the beginning, to deliver that T1 to the new address.
To elaborate a little bit more... if you tell your contractor for the most massive home remodel of your life "I don't want that indoor pool any longer in the basement. I want it on the 3rd floor so I can see the Space Needle."
Well then, when you only planned to have two floors in your house, then you got some massively expensive change orders coming down the line. Imagine the structural and seismic changes that must be made to hold a million or so gallons of water on the 3rd floor when it didn't even exist before you changed your mind.
Yeah. Welcome to my world.
P.S. imagine half way through painting that wall NW Salmon, that the contractors would have finished on Tuesday, you want to make it San Diego Clementine to brighten your mood the long dreary Northwest winter. Mmmyeah, they're going to have to start over and re-prime (add one more week), make a special order for new paint (two more weeks), and then re-hire new contractors to re-paint again (add yet another week).
This article explains it all very well: Marketplace with Kai Rysdall.
My name is Dae Yu.