ISP's In Uproar Over Verizon-MCI Merger

From Wed Aug 24 23:28:58 2005
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 21:27:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joel Jaeggli <>
To: Daniel Golding <>
Cc: Joe Abley <>, Lewis Butler <>,
        NANOG list <>
Subject: Re: ISP's In Uproar Over Verizon-MCI Merger

> I suggest you take another look at these numbers. Those countries with
> overall population densities lower than the US's all have something in
> common - they are really cold. Iceland, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden.
> Folks in those countries are densely packed into relatively small regions of
> their overall land area (near oceans or in cities). Sure, some folks live
> out in Nunavut, but a relatively small number. Contrast that with the US
> where the population is far more spread out.
> This is an issue of both distribution and density, not just density.

So you're saying the US is screwed because of unique geography? Or is that
something poltical will can overcome?

political will cannot overcome the situation where it is further from the
_property-line_ to the house than the reach of DSL or cable -- never mind
the distance from the telco C.O., or the cable head-end.

Delivering service in low-population density areas is _expensive_, no matter
how you do it, when measured on a 'per user' basis. 'Wireless' is the most
efficient way to serve low-density areas, but the cost-per-user is still
orders of magnitude higher than wired service in a high-population-density

If you want to do 'meaningful' geographic comparasions, one needs to break
down each geopolitical entity into sub-areas, by population density. and
look at relative coverage within the areas of 'comparable' population density.