posted on Mar, 23 2009 @ 02:08 PM
In truth, the BIG providers do own the links, however it is the nature of the internet to be resilient. The whole purpose of this kind of switched
network is that if one link goes down, the packets are rerouted to different switches until the packet reaches its destination. So I think the huge
companies could slow it down, but not stop it altogether.
Many co location providers operate a multilink connection (called BGP). And in Canada it is true the big 3 are Shaw (VAC) Telus (TAC) and Rogers.
There has also been a large influx of additional providers like Peer1, Bell and Allstream.
The additional providers are probably leasing space on TAC or VAC lines. In Canada, these lines aren't really owned by the Telcos. A company called
Ledcor ran the fibre in the 70's at their own expense. The fibre is then leased to the telcos by Ledcor. I'm not sure how its done in the states.
The problem with the telco's running their own fibre isn't the cost of the fibre, it is the cost of obtaining a "right of way" with the farmers.
Since the whole thing is regulated by the Canadian CRTC just putting huge filters on, wont really help.
So, except the CRTC, which isn't really telco friendly as they are the regulatory board, just censoring has to happen at a different level. They
could demand censoring at the CRTC level, but there would be a lot of noise from the public at large.
In any case, by supporting your local companies, you have a much better chance of dealing with a person who values your support, and will more likely
speak with you rather than against you.
Thanks for reading.