The glass is half full

Cable Datacom News: “Since the spring, America’s four biggest MSOs — AT&T Broadband, Time Warner Cable, Comcast Cable and Charter Communications — have all added independent ISPs to their high-speed Internet-access offerings or have signed pacts to add them. And at least two more big cable companies — Cox Communications and Insight Communications — are gearing up to add outside ISPs as well.

Back in 1999, I argued that open access was actually in the best interests of the cable industry. They fought it vehemently, convinced in the need to control the customer. Look what happened. Excite@Home collapsed, and AT&T was forced to sell off its cable assets. The cable industry is finally realizing (though not in all areas) that open platforms can benefit everyone.