Nyah Nyah, My Broadband Network's Better Than Yours

from the not-done-spending-yet dept

Cable companies have been telling shareholders for some time that their broadband networks are robust enough that they'll be able to hold down capital expenditures, while telcos have worried investors with the billions they're shelling out to lay fiber up and down the country. But a new internal report from the cable industry warns that it too may have to make major network upgrades to match what the telcos are now doing. Of course, the cable industry is already in full spin mode, arguing that the report was purely speculative, and that it will be able to compete with its existing infrastructure. But there may be something of an Intel vs. AMD dynamic going on. Both companies would love to slow down on R&D, and you could argue that most people rarely use their processors anywhere close to full capacity. Yet neither side can afford to be perceived as trailing the other, in terms of performance. When it comes to their competitors, the cable companies might claim that the speeds afforded by fiber aren't necessary and won't add much to performance, but that's not the point of this arms race. Neither side wants to have the less-advanced network, or be seen as being behind. The broadband providers keep insisting that there is plenty of competition in their industry; maybe that's more true than they realize.
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    Angry Consumer, 17 Aug 2006 @ 11:39am

    They give us what they want to...

    It sickens me when I read stuff like this. In my area, I'm on the 'fastest' consumer cable network, RoadRunner. Now, they offer 10-15mb speeds through local cable, but there's a catch. You have to be signed up on either of 2 packages to be eligible for those speeds. Either package will set you back about $200 a MONTH. Now, that's not just for speed, that's for all the other wonderfull crap you don't need like digital phone and caller-ID-onyourfuckingTV. What's bad is the commercials BrightHouse networks runs for these speeds. They, of course, don't mention a damn thing about these pre-req packages, instead sending thier would-be customers to the webite to find the meaning of the small-print on thier own.

    Meanwhile, Verizon has started enabling people to thier FIOS network. But only people in houses. So, now we have class seperation for internet speed!

    Of course, when either of these 2 bitch dogs makes a move for a 'general speed increase' for 'all' customers, the other bitch dog has to adjust to match the first one. Meaning neither has the obligation or the desire to increase ISP speeds until they are forced to. I suppose that's why I've had cable internet for almost 10 years, but have only seen the speed go up a couple MBps. It's beyond aggrivating.

    Of course, and as usual, there's nothing the average consumer can do about it. We are whores and slaves to these corps that drag us along with crap we want. I can only blame the ISPs and telcos so much, it's the lack of the consumer action that's really killing us on speed. NOT ENOUGH CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS. Hell, not enough people know how slow our connections are when compared to other countries, partly because we're too stupid to learn anything about other countries.

    So, I guess what I'm saying is, it's our fault as well. We don't stamp our feet enough like the little children THEY think we are. We don't have the tantrums required for these companies to realize we need a change. I dunno about you though, I just loaded my diaper and I'm gunna go cry on my ISPs doorstep till they boost me connect.

    (P.S. BrightHouse Networks can suck my cock)

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