Kevin Werbach on the FCC decision:
It re-energizes the Bells' obstructionist strategy, and it takes away near-term competitive threats from independent DSL providers that might have spurred them to invest anyway. Verizon Senior VP Tom Tauke's quote says it all: "The future of telecommunications is broadband, and on this issue the commission appears to have moved in the right direction but may have important details wrong. Moreover, the future investment in the wireline network is tied to a strong financial base for the overall business." Doesn't sound like someone planning to "jump start investment in next-generation networks," as Commissioner Martin predicted. [Werblog]
The Bells already have a core competency in obfuscation. They can continue their misrepresentation of inventory and costs between their traditional and competitive networks. Only now they dont have to hide costs, just shift inventory to get the benefits of deregulation.