meaningless these mean next to nothing without the will to take next and further steps.. and given how much Verizon ante'd up on FIOS FTTP, that's a big gamble. verizon also did not evolve their cable-tv business model to become the next Apple for video-- missed opportunity. when you have probably the most robust broadband in the country.. you need to give consumers applications.. things to use it with (legally, at AFFORDABLE/CHEAP PRICING, and better than anybody else) and if not, guess what happens? all the shady and allegedly illegal stuff. verizon seems more content to focus on wireless in 2010 than fios, although they will still construct (most) of their current commitments for deployment, with the exception of Boston, MA... so RCN, have at it (docsis 3.0).
the entertainment industry missed plenty of opportunities to embrace online distribution models and directly prey on consumers with lawsuits, and shady politics in addition to having their blue-ray DRM cake and eating apple's revenue sharing too. consumers are pissed off and they won't take it any longer. either jump in with two feet or go screw yourselves. you have no say in what goes on with the internet, otherwise if you don't genuinely evolve your business model to account for internet distribution.
100/100 megabits will not wait any longer for the mpaa & riaa.
Dont forget. For Verizon, this is really not a change. Verizon is not monitoring your usage. They are not tracking anything. All that is happening is that the RIAA notifies Verizon that there is a violator using a Verizon IP address. The RIAA will send a warning letter to Verizon and then Verizon will forward that letter to the offender. BUT will NOT share the offenders information with the RIAA. They have been doing this for years. The only change is in the test market, is that they are sending a more strongly worded letter. And all the threats of cancelation and other "penalties" that the RIAA wants included have been removed because Verizon does not want to play the roll of "Internet Monitor". It is too expensive to monitor and manage this type of system and none of the ISP's want to fork out the money to do so. The RIAA wants ISP's to start booting customers off the networks for infringements and Verizon and the other ISP's are not willing to do this, so Verizon offered the compromise to send a more "strongly worded" letter. Nothing is changing. This has already been happening since the demise of the original Napster.
Though Verizon didn't really send out letters or they were really rare compared to users of Cox & Comcast who get tons of letters.