Letting the lines degrade on purpose, then whining that they are losing customers. I have had Dsl 4 different times, most of the time the problem was the signal fluctuated constantly. Fix the damn line problems and they will come back! When dsl works it was perfectly fine, lowest latency I have ever seen when it stays synced up.
remember how broken records loop a few seconds of recorded audio/music.. well, that's basicaly what you have for telecom competition in much of the country..
add to that the lust for profits similar to oil companies in wireless and you have the makings of an abandonment of even the competitive chunk of wireline too!
AT&T made out like a bandit acquiring Bell South and then stopped u-verse dead in it's tracks... WTF?!? Wasn't that a condition of the merger? That major cities in the southern USA would be upgraded to u-verse, with is a piss-poor dsl technology? It would be nice if they saw the wisdom of changing over to FTTP, but they actually plan on doing NOTHING with wireline and will pursue wireless at ALL costs..
The public interest is being neglected for years, so the question is how long will the federal government let this go on for? How many lines will AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have to cross before more federal action takes place in telecom?
Gotta say I agree with that... only on a 1 Mbps DSL plan here, but FastPath + short loop length + underground utilities means I have NEVER had a single case of dropped sync, and latency (almost always -- Physics: Will you break the laws of physics, or will the laws of physics break you? If physicists stand on each other's shoulders, computer scientists stand on each other's toes, and computer programmers dig each other's graves.
AT&T made out like a bandit acquiring Bell South and then stopped u-verse dead in it's tracks... WTF?!? Wasn't that a condition of the merger?
BellSouth was acquired in 2006. U-verse deployment did not begin until 2008.
Deployment was in the works in Bell South pre-merger to deploy a combination of FTTP and DSL where market demand met each ROI goal (ie numbers of customer interest). AT&T had very little interest in FTTP for residential use from the very beginning, but it looked good in the press release. So-called greenfield builds are a vaporware way of promising the moon and delivering a paper moon. Docsis 2.0 was freshly minted capable of 30 (spec'd for 42 down) megabits.. paltry 8 megabit DSL was no longer adequate.
thank Judge Greene for this mess he started in 1984. things were a lot better when the government had oversight of these companies.
It's easy to look back with rose-colored glasses, and remember only the good stuff.
The Bell System myth of uniform excellence in service is exactly that -- a myth. Some Bell operating companies were better than others, and some areas were better-served than others. In 1984, you could find areas with electronic switching and private lines to every household. You could also find areas -- in Bell territory, not at some tiny independent rural telecom -- that had party lines and crossbar switching systems.
For example, Pacific Bell was one of the more neglected companies in the Bell System. The California public-utilities commission had a highly adversarial relationship with Pacific Bell, so Ma Bell preferred to direct its money towards friendlier locales. California became the neglected stepchild of the Bell System, where they did the minimum that they could get away with.
In other words, the golden days of the regulated past are hardly the panancea that they're made out to be. A public utilities commission had limited ability to force upgrades. They can force maintenance, but they cannot force upgrades.
This would solve the problem of "Our phones have crosstalk, and our DSL keeps losing sync -- why won't they fix the rotting copper?" It would not solve the problem of "We have no cable, the DSL maxes out at 1 Mbps, and nobody is willing to build fiber-to-the-premises."
I just switch from Comcast to CenturyLink/Qwest, and got an upgraded internet connection. I had 25/5(?) with Comcast, now have VDSL2 at 40/20. When I had Qwest in the past, virtually all of my problems were related to house wiring as the source. Does the average person need more than 40/20 at this point? Not in my view, but I suppose in a large household with lots of gaming and video streaming. But with myself and 3 boys mid-teens to early 20s, it's plenty. But I understand 40/20 is the exception for Telcos. Up until the last month or so, 7M DSL was the limit for my house.