Trick: Big Telcos To "Pwn" Small DSL Providers
Previously, DSL internet service – and cable modem service before it – was classified as a functionally integrated component of enhanced “telecommunications service,” making it subject to regulations that attempted to ensure fair and open competition. Some of these rules require that the main telecom provider – owner of the physical lines and equipment, or “common carrier transmission facilities” – grant “unaffiliated ISPs” access to the telcos’ facilities for the purposes of reselling their “enhancements.”
While we're not expecting the major telcos to shut these outfits down overnight, it would seem probable that they might require 'usage fees' and other payments that would result in higher costs than going through your local telco. When the only broadband provider in town is your local telco and companies that buy at inflated rates from your local telco, it seems like we're looking at a bat situation in the making.