Broadband Price Charter

Time for a little broadband kiss and tell.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2006

2 Min Read
Broadband Price Charter

12:30 PM -- Time for a little broadband kiss and tell.

Charter Communications Inc. just gave me a break on my Internet bill because I agreed not to switch service providers for a 12-month service term.

Under this current deal, I'm agreeing to pay $32.46 a month (after tax) for a 3-Mbit/s service. The price goes up significantly after 12 months. They're happy to have me as a customer. But, after a year, let's just be friends.

When I look back over my Charter bills during the past several years, though, things get a bit weird.

Table 1: Phil's Broadband Bills: A Retrospective

Date

Downstream

Upstream

Price Per Month (After Tax)

Sep-03

1.5 Mbit/s

128 Kbit/s

$62.91

Mar-04

2 Mbit/s

128 Kbit/s

$41.23

Jul-04

3 Mbit/s

256 Kbit/s

$41.23

Jan-05

3 Mbit/s

256 Kbit/s

$52.05

Mar-06

3 Mbit/s

256 Kbit/s

$32.46

Mar-07

3 Mbit/s

256 Kbit/s

$56.30



All over the world, the price per megabit for broadband is on the decline. But in my 'hood, the price goes down, then up, then down, then way up.

Here's something to think about: The great Mark Cuban suggests that most U.S. families, eventually, will require a 100-Mbit/s connection to the home.

Based on Charter's pricing plan for my account in 2007, a 100-Mbit/s connection to my home would cost a shocking $62 a day.

I told my wife about this back-of-the-envelope extrapolation and she, not realizing that I was talking theoretically, fainted and flew backwards into a wall at 5 MPH (she was on the treadmill at the time).

While I stand over her with smelling salts, let me pose a question to the readership: What's the best-ever broadband deal that you've received?

— Phil Harvey, Broadband For-a-Year Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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