How much competition does TWC actually have?
Are there any published stats that identify the level of competition TWC faces in their markets? Because I haven't seen any. Is a database with such stats one of the things that the FCC is compiling with their ongoing data collection process?
Given the fact that Time Warner Cable doesn't see substantive competition in the majority of their markets
Re: makes me wonder why these guys never made to Chicago?
said by chgo_man99:Comcast isn't a TWC competitor, there is no market where TWC and Comcast overlap.
because of the stronger competition (comcast)?
In fact, back in 2005, they both acquired properties and assets of Adelphia and traded until they had even less chance of overlap.
Not to mention, rarely does another cable company want to invest the hundreds of millions it would take to come into a new market where another cable provider already exists. They have to run all new fiber for themselves, then run all new coax to every house in the market. Then they have to hope they can get a small percentage of the available customers.
This is needed, but not enough. To clarify a couple of comments, some communities do have local fiber. The first successful one is Wilson's greenlight - they offer 50x TWC's upload for less (20MB symmetrical). Other communities like Salisbury followed along. TWC and AT&T paid a Charlotte state senator to try to pass a bill through the legislature, but the bill was defeated multiple times.
UVerse is available in PARTS of Raleigh, Cary, Charlotte, and Greensboro, but that's about it.
Speeds here are 7MB down, 384k up for the $57.95 standard rate, and turbo is 10MB/512k for $9.95 extra. Having digital cable gets you a $10 discount. Something has to pay for TWC's swanky new building that opened last year.
I hope that Charlotte's upgrade to 10MB down/1MB up comes with this announcement. 30/5 for $82 is a good deal but certainly no bargain. The bandwidth doesn't allow you to use this speed anyway - always congested.