Lower prices, not higher speed While a 6Mbps connection sounds nice, I'd rather see a lower-priced 1.5Mbps connection available for a lower price. Since 3Mbps is $45 and 6Mbps is $70, how about $25 for 1.5Mbps? While I need faster-than-dial-up speeds, I find that I don't utilize my 3Mbps connection and would rather pay less for a slower (yet still faster-than-dial-up) connection.
In addition, I'm sure a $25 broadband option would attract those who are still on dial-up and are reluctant to spend so much more for broadband.
Re: Lower prices, not higher speed I believe broadband is like hard drives. Looking at the price of a new 120GB drive, you should be able to buy a 10GB hard drive for $20 but you can't. There's a minimum sustainable price. The same has to exist for broadband, regardless of speed.
I don't know if we'll see significantly cheaper prices than $25/month. However, I think that's a fair price for an always on, many-times-faster than dialup connection -- provided it's not narrowband 256/128.
Regarding 6Mbps service, who downloads this much information? Is it movie-swappers that need all this bandwidth? I certainly won't turn down more bandwidth for the same price but if the effort is to increase the bandwidth so that they can increase the price, let me keep what I have. 2Mbps is plenty for me.
This smells like Dish Network back in the late 90s. They eliminated the plan I had for around $25/month. They created a "new bundle" and my bill went to $30/month. Charlie Ergen still claimed no price increase in his cable-bashing commercials because they kept the entry-level plan at $19/month. However, a lot of people got stuck with an increase.
I read that dairies are doing the same with ice cream. Rather than raise the price, they are decreasing the size of the container.
Recall when McDonalds had a "have it your way" build-a-combo-meal campaign. All they did is eliminate the $2.99 BigMac combo meal by picking from a $1 menu and building a "custom" combo. After everyone forgot the old combo prices, they eliminated the build-your-own deal and the BigMac combo returned with a significant price increase.
Nothing more than doubling of d/l speed?!?!?!? If it's nothing more than twice the d/l speed that I get now and nothing else...(3mbs down - 384k up)...then I AIN'T interested. Now if we're talking increased upstream (say 1mbs) as well as removing the server hosting stipulation in the T.O.S...and better retention in the newsgroups.....for $70 I may be a bit more interested.