Supreme Court Rules on Cable Line Sharing
The prevailing thought on this decision is that cable operators can maintain their monopoly into people’s houses. However, I look at it differently.
By not forcing the owners of cable lines (the big guys like Comcast… etc) to open their lines into people’s homes allowing smaller competitors to use their infrastructure, this has forced smaller outfits to innovate.
How else can they get into people’s homes?
Wireless of course. With the advent of WiMax, these smaller guys now have a HUGE incentive to use methods such as WiMax to enter into people’s homes, bypassing the big guys altogether.
If I were a big guy, I’d be clamoring to get the little guys to use my network into customer’s homes and at least get a small piece of the pie for each connection. It’s better than getting nothing when they use other technologies to get to my customer. As a big fish, you don’t want to give your smaller, more nimble competitors incentives to invest in a technology that bypasses your infrastructure.
In the long run, by ruling the way they did on this issue, the Supreme Court has given a huge boost to future wireless technologies. At least in this case, I’m happy about their ruling.
Now, as for their property seizure (Kelo) ruling, I’ve got one thing to say regarding that piece of crap ruling…
Warning! Fairly hardcore statement follows… but it’s from the heart of a true conservative.
You’ll get my property after you’ve received a hailstorm of bullets from my gun and even then you’ll have to pry it from my dead fingers afterwords.