! One word: Disgusting
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Fort Wayne, IN
Re: ! Why is it "disgusting"? Mega-corporations refusing government handouts. Would you rather them accept the money and piss it away with something they are just going to abandon or otherwise not care about? Send the funds over to a telco that would actually use it.
said by buddahbless:I was going to say this. Why do they block the towns from doing their own thing if they aren't interested? Because some day they might get around to offering something there and don't want any competition. Why would I buy their expensive / capped LTE service when my town offers much cheaper fiber?
I do see your point and agree they would piss it away, however the mega-corps have made sure that any new telco operation ( Caugh... local municipal broadband) that would step in on there territory are sent the way of the DODO before they even get off the ground.
Its literally a loose-loose for the consumer anyway you look at it.
There are some interesting podcasts about this that I have recently listened to.
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said by Cabal:You wouldn't be saying that if your options were dialup or satellite.
Still not a charity.
Re: Backwards We Go
said by tanzam75:interesting you brought that up.., that could be possible.. wouldnt that mean then the government would run it? (I cant see them expanding it..)
AT&T might actually be better off if their most-deteriorated lines are taken by the government using eminent domain.
Eminent domain has favorable tax treatment, in that you can reinvest the proceeds in like property without capital gains taxes. Thus, AT&T could spend the money it receives from losing its worst-performing lines on upgrading its better-performing lines to U-verse.
That's not such a bad outcome, considering that AT&T has been unable to find a private buyer for those lines ...
Re: corporate welfare
said by David:And you owe me a computer mouse and a free beer! said by FFH:
Yes, here in Karl Land, AT&T & Verizon get criticized for not taking an FCC handout as much as for taking it.
YOU OWE ME A KEYBOARD! that was hilarious!
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said by skeechan:HA! Like that'll happen. Hell would freeze over first.
So give the taxpayers their money back!
Santa Monica, CA
·Time Warner Cable
Re: Reality, again!
said by buddahbless:Fickle, cautious, frugal, conservative - you can call it what you like, the fact is simple, rural customers are less willing to part with their hard-earned dollars for broadband, at any speed.
Rural customers are not more fickle just more cautious on how they spend there cash.. If you gave rural customers the option of comcast at $40 per month for 3-6 mbps HSI @ or ATT DSL 1.5-3.0 mbps for $15 they would chose the ATT DSL and be happy with it, with not even a care in the world that there are pricier options for 20-100 mbps. A lot of people seem to forget there only option in rural areas is dial up for $9.95 + per month. Why would anyone pay $10 for 56k dial up if for just a few bucks more they could get at least DSL speeds.
Really what would you chose if you at least had the option but were on a budget.
Urban DSL isn't $15. You have to buy dialtone, which takes even a $15 teaser rate to about $40, typically $50-60. Basic DSL rates run $25-40 before fees.