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michelle
michelle
4/2/2017 1:19:30 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@Joe Ahh, I understand now. I see how that might work out for a provider. Tease a great new service nobody can get so they're ready to buy once you launch in the area.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/1/2017 7:07:56 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@Michelle: Maybe that's how they get you.  Fios advertises like crazy in markets that don't have it yet, so that when they finally do have it, it's a big deal and there's lots of hoopla about it as people become customers in droves.

This is how it worked with Sonic when they finally brought a Sonic to the Greater Boston Area.

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michelle
michelle
3/31/2017 7:47:08 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@mhh I wonder what that might look like... If it were possible, that is.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/30/2017 7:54:30 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@mhh: I'm actually a bit hard-pressed to find that antitrust argument based solely on participating in multiple markets.  Can you elaborate?

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/21/2017 3:43:40 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
Maybe that's the trick -- only bundle wireless and landline services in markets where there is at least some evidence of competition?

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michelle
michelle
3/21/2017 1:45:25 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@mhh It is surprising they haven't already (unles they have and we didn't hear about it). I wouldn't be surprsed if some areas had only AT&T coverage...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/20/2017 3:27:28 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
> "It's tough to bundle with wireless when you're not already AT&T"

Cable bundling with cellular providers has made some strange bedfellows. I also wonder how AT&T can get away with bundling landline and wireless offerings without attracting some (anti-)monopolistic attentions? 

 

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michelle
michelle
3/19/2017 7:48:35 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@joe It's tough to bundle with wireless when you're not already AT&T. I assume Verizon offers some kind of bundle that includes wireless and cable service -- probably in limited areas. Verizon fios isn't available in my area.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/17/2017 12:21:39 PM
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Re: No surprise about a wireless non-priority...?
@mhh: Moreover, I think that at the end of the day, landlines aren't going anywhere -- so there's also a bit of a lack of incentive.  It's easy to bundle landline connectivity into a consumer cable package because it all runs on the same pipe.  Not as easy, arguably, when the proposition becomes cell service.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/17/2017 12:20:05 PM
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"Begin"
I voted "Begin virtualizing key network functions," but for those that have not already begun, well, then they are way behind and need to get on the ball there.

The big players, meanwhile, seem to have already started to prioritize this, so there may be a better answer here.

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