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Xmas Shopping for Broadband

Phil Harvey
12/8/2009

4:40 PM -- There must be a good reason we aren't paying for broadband by the bit, but I can't remember it right now:



— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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kaps
kaps
12/5/2012 | 3:51:24 PM
re: Xmas Shopping for Broadband


The inability to compare between services (again the lack of data) is another hindrance to broadband acceptance, in favor of preserving the current status quo. It reminds me of shopping for a mattress -- tried that lately? The same mattress from the same manufacturer will have a different name and some slightly different features from one store to the next -- making it impossible to comparison shop. The fudge factor on maximum download speeds, data caps -- I agree, something based on data consumed could eliminate confusion. The only problem I see is the lack of competition making it tough to determine a true "market" price.


This problem is even worse in wireless -- no data on where you can get data, just dumb videos and slogans like "the fastest 3G network" that remind me of those old ads for different gas stations -- "our fuel is the finest!" that were eventually outlawed. Again, lack of competition means no upstart carrier would attempt to disprove the sham by revealing actual tower coverage, data speeds, etc. Can the FCC help out here? Or the FTC? Or the Batman?

kaps
kaps
12/5/2012 | 3:51:24 PM
re: Xmas Shopping for Broadband


The inability to compare between services (again the lack of data) is another hindrance to broadband acceptance, in favor of preserving the current status quo. It reminds me of shopping for a mattress -- tried that lately? The same mattress from the same manufacturer will have a different name and some slightly different features from one store to the next -- making it impossible to comparison shop. The fudge factor on maximum download speeds, data caps -- I agree, something based on data consumed could eliminate confusion. The only problem I see is the lack of competition making it tough to determine a true "market" price.


This problem is even worse in wireless -- no data on where you can get data, just dumb videos and slogans like "the fastest 3G network" that remind me of those old ads for different gas stations -- "our fuel is the finest!" that were eventually outlawed. Again, lack of competition means no upstart carrier would attempt to disprove the sham by revealing actual tower coverage, data speeds, etc. Can the FCC help out here? Or the FTC? Or the Batman?

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