May 18, 2001
SBC says cable industry holds broadband monopoly
Author: JT Smith
EE Times reports on remarks made by Edward Whitacre, head of SBC communications. Whitacre says that cable operators are keeping the telcos out of the market for delivering high-speed Internet access. The U.S. Baby Bells are currently lobbying Congress to pass a bill that would allow them to deploy broadband services without opening those lines to competitors. This, apparently, would justify the cost of offering DSL and similar services in rural areas. Sure. That'll happen.