BM: The service will be available for anyone who needs it, on demand. If the Net is not crowded at the hour you are proposing to watch a video, play a game, make a VoIP call — or who knows what they’ll invent next — then you don’t need to use it. What people are paying now is for access to the Internet as we have it today, not the newer, better, faster Internet that must be built — at significant expense — to handle the growing amount of traffic.
JT: As to telco ROI, it depends on adding value. We all know that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber crisscrossing our country. ... The major investment has already been made.
I don’t think [neutrality] is that hard to achieve from a regulatory perspective. A little transparency on the part of the network providers as to what bit rate I am actually getting would be helpful. The benefit for the big business customer is that high-speed data connectivity is still a fairly vibrant marketplace where Verizon Business and AT&T and Qwest still compete in overlapping markets. Customer costs will continue to fall just because of the aforementioned glut of dark fiber from the late ’90s.