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9/30/2013 | 12:34:19 PM
Re: US Broadband Take Rate Surges
Um... why do you say 30 Mb/s is "minimal"?
9/30/2013 | 12:31:02 PM
Re: Smartphones
No.  There are still unserved and under-served areas.  It measn, at least in part, that availability growth has slowed.  Which is not to say that some part of the populatoin - elderly in particular - either does not find the Internet relevant to their lives, or has higher priority demands on their limited financial resources.
9/29/2013 | 8:47:51 AM
That smartphone number is higher than I thought it would be, and should be very interesting to watch. Also, I'm so glad to see that everyone in this country who needs Internet access has it now--that's what the lack of Internet penetration growth means, right?
9/28/2013 | 2:11:14 AM
Re: US Broadband Take Rate Surges
I agree, though the survey would be pretty short.  As both FTTH and coax (cable) can get you those services 30M, it's a pretty big stretch for FTTN unless you start bonding pairs or have really short loops.  Though I agree it would be an interesting read.  Probably better to start off around 20M, which can at least support a couple of HD streams.  I believe broadband today is anything beyond dailup which doesn't say much.  I mean I wouldn't consider 768k the same as a 100M GPON service.  Hopefully growth of 20M+ services are increasing both in take rate as well as penetration.  30M+ is also in the reach of LTE so theres a lot of possibilities.
Eric L
Eric L
9/27/2013 | 2:38:27 PM
Re: US Broadband Take Rate Surges
LRG's reports only suggests a penetration rate and does not define the speed or capacity of these networks.  While it may be satisfying to see such high numbers, we clearly cannot answer questions of video support (whatever form) or customer satisfaction without such qualifiers.  It would be more interesting to know the penetration of services actually delivering (vs. advertized) beyond say 30Mbps, which today is a minimal service.  A more interesting/useful report would provide penetration in tiers from 30Mbps to 1Gbps.  That would tell a truer picture of what needs to be done.
9/27/2013 | 11:30:05 AM
US Broadband Take Rate Surges
I do think the next thing to go will (albeit slowely) will be traditional TV.  My 10 year old daughter, when she asks to "Can I watch TV," actually means "Can I watch the IPAD."

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