said by BlueC:
I guess I (as well as others) have a different definition of "high speed". $10/mo to offer such slow speeds isn't all that heroic in my mind. DOCSIS 3.0 gives them the ability to easily bump up the economy tier to something more reasonable.
Those who want faster speeds via DOCSIS3 can pay full price for it. This is basically welfare for those who would normally be on dialup. It doesn't have to be "reasonable" just good enough. 1.5Mbps is good enough for school work, assignments and research.
It's like the free subsidized cellphones that provide 200 minutes every month. You won't be yakking away every day but you will be able to call for help in an emergency or maybe talk a few minutes per day with family so that they are in touch.
That's the whole point. Assistance for those who need it. Not something "heroic" or "reasonable" but simply the bare basics that someone can make minimal use of.