The biggest issue is...
I think the one thing that will stop telecoms and cable providers from doing this in the US is the amount and quality of competition. While most people say there is limited competition, the majority of Americans actually have multiple choices for internet: Satellite, DSL, Cable, or Wireless. An example is my area. Service Electric has a 100 GB cap. They don't dare reduce that cap because CenturyLink, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and multiple satellite providers all service my address. The only thing that keeps me using Service Electric is the high speeds. If SE lowered the cap to the point where it interfered with my heavy usage (netflix, xbox, steam, youtube, 80-90 gb/mo) then I'd jump to CenturyLink.
Once clear gets it's network rolled out and the cell providers roll out their 4g network things will really start to get interesting.
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That only works if the other companies don't jump on the overage bandwagon, which they probably will. Also, satellite internet is not a real choice, and wireless is iffy. Here we only have the cable company and the phone company that can offer any real speed, and it's like that for almost all of the country.
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Then we're doomed because we have neither.
amount and quality of competition
Satellite? Seriously. Go use Sat Internet for a while and then tell me that you'd *willingly* choose it over anything else. (I wouldn't if I were on the side of a cliff and it was free.)
DSL... most of the country is served by zero or one DSL provider -- and that one being the local grubby phone company. If you are exceedingly lucky, you'll be close enough to a CO that still has some legacy DSL gear in it (99% of that being Covad owned today.)
Cable... where cable is available (yes, there are many places in this great country not served by cable TV) there is one provider. They buy their monopoly via "franchise rights." If you live in an area served by more than one coax cable provider, you've won the lottery.
Wireless... If you mean cellphones, you have to be joking. Cellphone data plans are insanely expensive, metered and capped with excessive overages (repeatedly exceeding the cap can get you booted), and the speeds vary constantly. If you mean Wimax/WISPs such as Clearwire, then it's a gigantic maybe... speeds are unstable, coverage varies wildly, and rumor has it Clear has "unwritten" caps as well.
here we go with the "rumor" mill again against Clear- get a life and stop bringing them into it. They're using fair throtting and NO caps. And it's not a wide throttling. it's only on the BUSY towers.
said by hottboiinnc:If anyone is going to talk about broadband competition and alternatives, Clear has to be included. As I said, their "caps" are completely unwritten -- you won't find anything about it in any of the legalese when you sign up, and support generally won't give a straight answer (maybe they haven't been given one.)
get a life and stop bringing them into it...
Anyway, the point to be made is Clearwire doesn't have any overage fees (yet.) They may throttle your connection for vague and undocumented reasons -- I had a modem for a week and didn't have that problem.
[reception was ok at my house; not so much any of the other dozen places I tried. download speed was all over the map. price was roughly the same as cable and dsl.]
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