reply to treichhart
said by treichhart:That basically confirms what I (and a few others) are saying. The Cogent prices are just the combination of bandwidth AND transport bundled into one price. It also backs up what I was saying about transporting bandwidth possibly being cheaper than just buying bandwidth locally, and the savings skyrocket as the quantity of bandwidth increase.
for 50meg TWC would be 1950 and Cogent would be 1650 on (3 Year deal)
for 100meg TWC would be 3500 and Cogent would 2200 on (3 year deal)
The main reason for the savings is mainly because Cogent probably has thousands of agreements with TWC and is able to negotiate lower transport costs than if you approached TWC directly. If you paid Cogent for bandwidth and TWC for transport, the 50 meg pricing would probably be more expensive, and the 100 meg pricing might end up being break even, or just small savings.
Now also understand that if you live in a really remote area without any really large providers, someone like Cogent may not have the pull to negotiate better pricing, or may not want to work with you at all, so remember that other people may not have the same options as you and will have to consider alternative methods than what you can use.