Long Island Continues To Be The Place To Be For Broadband

from the amazing dept

I left Long Island for Silicon Valley years ago, partly on the assumption that the cooler things were happening here. Yet, when it comes to broadband, that doesn't seem to be the case. I have had rather notorious problems getting broadband at home here over the years, despite living in the heart of Silicon Valley. Where I used to live (until a year and a half ago) I had one single broadband provider who provided absolutely terrible service. Where I am now, I do have two choices, but neither choice is compelling, and my speeds top out about about 1 Mbps. So... consider me a bit jealous of my parents back on Long Island who now have the opportunity to be among the first US homes to have 100 Mbps connections with no caps or meters.

A few years back, we noted how the battle between Cablevision and Verizon on Long Island had turned nasty, involving all sorts of underhanded tricks on both sides, but noted that the end result might actually be good for competitors, as it was one of the rare situations where the two competitors were actually investing in technology to top each other. So, while Verizon is offering FiOS connections, Cablevision is now rolling out those 100 Mbps using DOCSIS 3.0. The fight is still a bit nasty, with Verizon calling Cablevision's announcement nothing more than a parlor trick, but that's misleading itself. Cablevision has, no matter how you look at it, significantly increased the bandwidth available to home users.

Unfortunately, in most other areas (such as right here in the heart of Silicon Valley) it seems the focus is on seeing who can avoid being the "least worst" provider, rather than on pushing the boundaries forward. In a normal market, this would be a huge opportunity for a third provider to come into the market and offer much better service, but thanks to the structure of the broadband market, and quite a bit of regulatory capture, most folks are limited to just two choices. If only they'd start competing on quality like the two choices on Long Island...

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  1. identicon
    Matt T., Apr 29th, 2009 @ 5:53pm


    the focus is on seeing who can avoid being the "least worst" provider
    I assume that sould read, "Focus on being the least worst" or "focus on avoiding being the worst".

    On a side note, I would still respect you if you moved in with your parents for their broadband speed.

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    AZ, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 5:58pm

    Japan vs US

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    AZ, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 6:07pm

    Re: Japan vs US

    Hit the submit by mistake. My original comment -

    Monopolies don't have to try hard. I can only get Comcast where I live and they could give a rip about me or any of my friends and neighbors.

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    scott, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 7:02pm

    Re: Re: Japan vs US

    I hear you. I got a call from Qwest today actually trying to see if they could help me out with my internet bill. However, they have a monopoly and "after further review" they couldn't lower my price or up my speed. Someday being the best will come back into favor with companies.

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    Bill w, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 7:36pm


    In "end result might actually be good for competitors" don't you really mean to say "customers?"

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    Brian, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 8:23pm


    Cablevision is also in Connecticut. My brother will be getting the plan. I live in the internet hell of DC, where we are even lucky to get service.

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    Lucretious, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 8:56pm

    100mbps.....I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like....

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 5:28am

    Up to 100mbps.

    I currently have the Cablevision plan that is up to 15mbps.

    I test my speed on Cablevision's own site every once in a while. It has never tested above 8mbps. Ever.

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    another mike, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 1:38pm


    You need to get a DOCSIS 2.0 modem. I did that with Cox Cable's internet service and I hit 12mbps that they offer here, up from maxing out at 8. I also dropped about 100ms latency.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2009 @ 10:46pm

    1Mb/s? In the heart of Silicon Valley? I hope you're joking. I have quite a bit more than that here in Podunk, er I mean Pembroke, Ontario. Population 15,000 and 150km from the nearest major city. (And THAT has less than a million folk. And this is on phone company DSL, not cable let alone from a non-telco-or-media company.)

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