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|Comments on news posted 2012-12-07 12:35:25: "If there is demand for [1 Gbps] service we will provide it," Time Warner Cable chief operating officer Rob Marcus told attendees of a conference this week while discussing Google Fiber. .. |
Re: turn the argument around If there is a company more messed up in multiple ways than Google, that company would be Time Warner.
Time Warner has long enjoyed monopoly control of its markets. Government given payoff schemes where the choices typically for bandwidth are Time Warner and the incumbent also monopoly telephone company.
Time Warner has been in bed with the telcos for years as the telcos disinvest in copper line services and keep people slowing dragging along on very old DSL technology in much of the United States. Time Warner offers more, but on a network that is highly problematic (poor routing, tons of QoS fussing, oversaturated points in many neighborhoods, etc.).
While Time Warner is cable of outperforming DSL, in many experiences it does not, especially during any peak times. Reading the volumes of reviews about Time Warner, it is clear coast to coast that many folks are less than pleased with Time Warner or its duopoly telco cohorts.
As for Google, mind you for that big fat pipe, Google is going to do all sorts of stuff to you. Like with all other Google products, you are the product. Expect misappropriation of your activities, privacy invasions, strange reuse of your data, etc.
Customer service and Google? I challenge anyone to state what Google product provides service. Google Apps? Supposedly. Maybe if you are a high spending ad account. Google's lack of ANY customer service is legendary. Do we forget how they stiffed early adopters of their original Nexus and what a customer service failure that way?
There is no way to offer 1Gbps connections at $70 and do so with an honest and profitable business model based on selling bandwidth. Even with overselling, impossible.
Go price a 1Gbps connection from the cheapest datacenters and directly from say Cogent. $1k is the minimum, perhaps $750 if you are in some loop of special folks or promo or large commit. This is a cost of 10x the revenue.
Do we think enabling Google to destroy even the much disliked Time Warner is a good thing? Time Warner provides probably quite a few jobs in Kansas City. Google crushing them there will lead to many layoffs. Google on the otherhand is notorious for large government funded projects that boast big numbers but yield few jobs. Google's US data centers for all their 100's of millions of investment each, are operated in the locality by less than 50 people, some even less.
said by evoxllx:It's the usual lies and bullshit. Claim they can compete when they really can't. But there are enough sheep that buy this nonsense.
"If there is, we will provide it. Our infrastructure has the ability to provide much faster speeds today. We're prepared to compete head to head with Google."
Considering many of TWC's transit/peering points already run at/near capacity with their current line-ups, along with many of their nodes running at/near capacity, I somehow doubt this statement.