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Kearnstd
Space Elf
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join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
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reply to DataRiker

Re: Good news

And this is the rub, UBB does not work like a utility which tends to have a rather small "Line Fee" to be hooked to the system.

This is why I fight UBB because I know here in the US a fully metered service would likely be 42.95 just to be hooked up to them and then a per gig metering at way more than one pays per Kilowatt Hour to keep the lights on.
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Already here

@acsalaska.net

UBB in the US. Look no further than Alaska

Cable ISP GCI.com holds a rather large monopoly position here in Alaska. They've implemented and run UBB since 1999. GCI is charging these rates in Anchorage, Alaska, a city of well over 300,000 with high population density. I can understand charging rates such as these in a very small community, but economically, it these rates should not be justified in Anchorage.

»assets.gci.com/2011/01/Tier1Inte···x111.jpg

Packages/Prices on the left side are only attained with subscription to GCI's bundled services (Cable TV, local phone, long distance) Essentially you're being forced to pay $100 for those services before you have any opportunity to purchase a tier package with higher usage.



Matt3
All noise, no signal.
Premium
join:2003-07-20
Jamestown, NC
kudos:12

At least in GCI's case, they have a relatively low amount of users who have to subsidize their long-haul fiber optic cables to the US. One is over 1500 miles long, that's not cheap.

They also look like they are somewhat good about providing service to rural Alaskans.

»www.gci.com/about/company-overview



Ysean

@comcast.net
reply to Kearnstd

Re: Good news

I don't know what power company YOU have but, Ameren charges almost as much for their distribution fees as is charged for the electricity. I DEFINITELY wouldn't call that a "small" fee. Ameren: "$80 worth of electricity usage? We'll bill $64 in delivery fees. There, that's better... The bill is $144."



already_here

@acsalaska.net
reply to Matt3

Re: UBB in the US. Look no further than Alaska

In GCI's case they were making large enough profits to buy & deploy a 2nd undersea cable within less than 4 years time.. (first cable purchased around 99, second cable 650Gbps around 2003)

GCI is making lots of money. Now I can understand charging higher rates to rural communities where fixed costs are much higher and population density is smaller, but in a city like Anchorage with high population density, rates and service should be the same as any city with 300,000 stateside. Transport costs for GCI's undersea cable are less than 1 cent.



Matt3
All noise, no signal.
Premium
join:2003-07-20
Jamestown, NC
kudos:12

said by already_here :

In GCI's case they were making large enough profits to buy & deploy a 2nd undersea cable within less than 4 years time.. (first cable purchased around 99, second cable 650Gbps around 2003)

GCI is making lots of money. Now I can understand charging higher rates to rural communities where fixed costs are much higher and population density is smaller, but in a city like Anchorage with high population density, rates and service should be the same as any city with 300,000 stateside. Transport costs for GCI's undersea cable are less than 1 cent.

»assets.gci.com/financial/gciq32010.pdf

They profited a whopping $7 million, or $0.14 per share.