reply to Rick
Re: Sorry Karl but...
said by Rick:Acting like Comcast should be praised for keeping their speeds competitive (more so in markets where there is actual competition mind you) isn't something I think people are going to agree with Rick. Yes my speeds in 2002 were 4Mbps. In 2010 the are 22/mbps. What's your point? If you're actually implying that there hasn't been any rate increases associated with that in the past 8 years you need to sober up. said by Karl Bode:
I've just seemed to miss the part about this supposedly "endless" stream of rate hikes that cable providers have thrown at customers.
I'm sorry, I stopped reading here, is that ok?
Karl, I realize it's much more headline grabbing to continually "editorialize" about big bad companies like Comcast "continually raising prices" but that fails to address my points concerning the prices that haven't changed at all while the speeds and services have skyrocketed. And so, if you're going to "stop reading right here"...because you have no real defense of those facts..
that's completely fine with me.
In those 8 years I've paid Comcast over $14,000 with rough math ($150/month average over 8 years.)
I believe they *should* keep their product line up to date and competitive. It's a given if they want customers to continue doing business with them.
said by d1gw33d:My point is exactly as I stated. That speeds and services have done nothing but improve and increase..while prices have stayed VERY consistent...if not even going DOWN over the years compared to how far back you go.
Yes my speeds in 2002 were 4Mbps. In 2010 the are 22/mbps. What's your point?
Were you around back in 1995 when I and everyone else was paying by the hour for DIAL UP internet service at whopping 14.4k speeds? I don't know about YOU..but MY internet bills sometimes reached 300.00 a month and more!
Today..look at where they are..and the associated cost of access 24/7.
There has been nothing but additional value delivered to consumers..at a lower cost. And the price of access this entire access for cable customers has remained basically flat at 42.95.
No increases..at all. That flies in the face of the constant editorializing on this website to the contrary.
My OTHER point was that YES..some prices have gone up.
When people just want BASIC tv..and BASIC expanded basic..and to live in their little worlds of paying AT&T for a landline with calling features and long distance and a la carte slow dsl packages..
Yes..they ARE paying more. And getting a LOT LESS.
But who's fault is that? That is theirs. They could be bundling these services together and getting a WHOLE LOT MORE..
That..is where the value is. And that..is my point.
The answer to why TV prices go up while internet and phone prices stay the same is pretty simple.
Because of Moore's Law the amount of money Comcast spends on equipment each year buys more powerful equipment. So the price of bandwidth has dropped dramatically over the past decade and companies like Comcast can pass that along to the customers as faster service.