Because incumbents benefit from increasing barriers to entry to new competition.
Tim Sylvester
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So…you’re calling cable overbuilders incumbents? Who would you call not-incumbents then? Other than GFiber?

From looking at various regions/ISPs, the options fall pretty cleanly into two camps when you actually have working wireline options: the primary cable + telco (incumbents; in Austin they’re Spectrum ex-TWC and AT&T; in Denver they’re Comcast and CenturyLink), and competitors (e.g. Grande). The former serve the entire area (to varying degrees for the phone company), while the latter overlay part. The latter generally compete on both features and price, but tend toward lower prices consistently rather than limited-time promos. The former might compete, assuming the telephone company hasn’t given up (many have), relegating themselves to scraping the bottom of the barrel for customers or, if you’re lucky, providing good service only to recently constructed areas that use fiber rather than copper anyway.

But apparently our definitions of incumbent vs. competitive differ. So what’s yours?

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