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Carriers Defend Why They're Not Offering 1 Gbps
by Karl Bode 01:20PM Monday Dec 02 2013
"As I understand it, Google Fiber is basically a science experiment," cable overbuilder RCN tells Ars Technica in a piece on why most carriers aren't matching Google Fiber's 1 Gbps speeds (spoiler: limited competition). "I have no doubt that there will come a day that gigabit speeds are necessary in our daily lives, but I'm not sure that day is here yet," insists RCN. "When it's here, RCN will be offering it." As I've noted a few times, carriers would prefer the national conversation be focused on why you don't need 1 Gbps, instead of why their services are slow and very expensive (spoiler: limited competition).

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reply to firephoto

Re: What applications REQUIRE 1Gb today or anytime soon?

You're in the minority, embrace it.

There's not enough demand for 1gbps download, let alone upload. I totally agree with what you state, however there are so few consumers out there that would utilize it, it takes significant demand to shift a business decision. After all, you're only paying a tiny fraction of what your ISP takes in as total revenue. Why should they cater to your needs?

I get it, it's 2013 and we should be able to share minimally compresses HD video with our friends and family. However, we have to understand the fact that upgrading infrastructure around the country will take awhile to accomplish.

We can't upgrade everyone to 1gbps and except everyone will pay for the said infrastructure upgrades. At the same time we can't do nothing and just let everything waste. There's a happy (albeit not so happy for some of you) medium that will help move things in the right direction, just maybe not at the same pace that some might demand.

We should have a goal to get everyone to 100mbps before we demand 1gbps. Especially considering the connectivity on the other end hasn't moved up quick enough. Only so many networks have established 100gbps connectivity. There are still many networks only working with 10gbps (or bonded 10G ports), some still working with 1gbps.

When 100G gets cheaper, you will see more advancements on the residential side. That's usually how these things flow. The carriers get larger capacity for less money, it translates to cheaper connectivity for the end user (in the form of faster speeds without having to increase costs).

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reply to BlueC

50GB is doable on dial up, but that's not the conversation we're having.

Troy Mcclure

Seattle, WA

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reply to battleop

Do you understand that if you download xxxxxx MBytes from a site, it takes you xxxxxx minutes/seconds.

The Faster the connection, the quicker you get it.

It doesn't have to be a continuous data connection, doesn't have to be streaming.