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Re: It Doesn't Make Sense
said by osravens:It could be that landline maintenance is so costly that even if no users switch to LTE, Verizon still saves money.
Unless cable makes the caps so punitive in nature, moreso than they are, Verizon isn't going to get people to switch to a fixed LTE product. I don't get how they benefit ...
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| The problem no one seems to be talking about is that ALL data runs over the "landline" network anyhow.|
It still has to be maintained, maybe they they eliminate some smaller copper lines, but nearly every main cable that I know of in downstate New York at least, has a bunch of t-1 or t-3 lines in it which are feeds to cell towers and other network infrastructure.
A lot of the traffic is indeed fiber, but not all... including traffic between central offices.
Verizon had better upgrade in the neighborhood of billions of dollars if they want to upgrade all of the infrastructure to the point where it is all on Fiber.. otherwise, in theory, if they were to shut down the copper plant tomorrow the network capacity for Verizon Wireless ( Sprint, At&t, Nextel whatever ) would instantly be scaled back by 30 to 40%. Something akin to the days after the northeast blackout.
Sure, the plan isn't to shut it all off overnight... but the money isn't being spent on the infrastructure right now... so overnight or over years.. if it isn't being built up, the capacity will not be there.
It is a shortsighted tactic which is being made by people they don't really understand just how much of the network works.