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tshirt
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So, I wonder...

at what point TWC can reasonably press for anti-trust action against Google, for what is clearly predatory pricing?
Obviously they'll wait until quarterly results show clear signs of injury from the well below cost/predatory pricing scheme google is using to damage their existing business in KC.


Jim Kirk
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LOL

Because Google is offering a better product at a lower price, it's predatory pricing? Perhaps you should read up on what that term means. There's no proof, over even indication, that Google is doing this to drive TWC out of business or even out of the market.


tshirt
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You don't believe offering to give away 5Mb service for 7 years for the install price is intended to draw away TWC customers?
or that $0 per month is so far below any realistic cost of existing "for profit" provider, that it is obvious predatory pricing intended to drive TWC from the market.
What part of predatory do you not understand?
That pricing and the extended term of service clearly exceed any reasonable "promo".


Jim Kirk
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Of course it's going to draw away TWC customers. It's not going to drive TWC out of the market.


Xioden
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reply to tshirt
This is basically a throwback to how businesses used to work. Provide good products and/or service, then when the customer wants more/something else, you're the one they come to for it.

In this case, you spend the $300 or $25/month for 12 months, you get a nice internet package for it. Down the road decide you want faster service or other features added on? Well, chances are they're going to stick with their current company.

Chubbysumo

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reply to tshirt
said by tshirt:

You don't believe offering to give away 5Mb service for 7 years for the install price is intended to draw away TWC customers?
or that $0 per month is so far below any realistic cost of existing "for profit" provider, that it is obvious predatory pricing intended to drive TWC from the market.
What part of predatory do you not understand?
That pricing and the extended term of service clearly exceed any reasonable "promo".

I doubt it would ever get called predatory pricing by TWC because two things would happen.
1) Google would raise tons of questions as to how TWC can charge how much they do for their services when Google is clearly making a profit on a FTTH gig for $70 per month, then why does TWC need to charge nearly 2 times that much for 1/20th the speed.
2) google has more money and lawyers than TWC does, and it would slam TWC right back for its anti-competitve crap that it pulled before Google started installing fiber(paying money for people with info, nearly forcing people into Long Term contracts with steep ETFs), and also would probably slam TWC with anti-competitive charges over the way it tried to block google's access to the public utility poles that TWC was renting space on(and any ISP or anyone should be able to as long as the same reasonable fee that TWC was paying is paid), and why TWC then wanted Google to pay more for access to the same poles(its all in the public filings. TWC wanted google to pay nearly 2x as much for pole access as they were paying. How is that even fair?).

Everything TWC did to try and block any of the Google initiative could be considered anti-competitive, and when TWC lost, it had to just suck it up and deal with it, because if they press forward with predatory pricing or anti-competitive behavior charges, google can literally toss the book at them, which would affect them nation wide, and not just in Kansas(both of them). Its a single market, which is why TWC will do nothing more to piss off Google, because they fear the repercussions of an investigation to their entire nationwide business.