Charlotte Enjoys Highest Broadband Prices Nationally
Though New Fiber Competitor Hopes to Change Things
by Karl Bode 04:01PM Friday Nov 16 2012 Tipped by ke4pym
ke4pym directs our attention to a report in the Charlotte Observer that notes that Charlotte users pay the highest prices for broadband anywhere in the United States. "TWC is dominant here and AT&T's footprint is crappy," laments the user. "I live in the city and can't get DSL - according to AT&T." The article is pulling data from a firm called WhiteFence, which notes the average Charlottean paid $51.18 for high-speed internet services in October.
ke4pym also directs our attention to the fact that locals have some hope for improvement courtesy of a company names RST Global Communications, who is laying underground fiber and promising locals symmetrical 50 Mbps connections for $60 a month:
quote:RST Global (it’s short for Really Scalable Technologies), which was formed in 2009 by a former cable network engineer and two other backers, has big plans for bringing better broadband to the people of North and South Carolina. Dan Limerick, CEO of RST Global, told me that the goal is to bring fiber to the home for residential customers, starting at prices of less than $60 for a symmetrical 50 Mbps connection and going up depending on the speeds. It will offer multigigabit connections to businesses and the many data center customers that are located in the Carolinas.
It's important to note that Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink and AT&T have lobbied hard to have barriers put in place to making it more difficult for towns and cities to improve the current state of pricey, uncompetitive and slow market infrastructure.
What people fail to realize is that RST is in Cleveland County, not in Mecklenburg County. That's far, far west (2 counties over) and not what people around here consider inside the Charlotte metro area. It's a good 30-45 minute drive from the west edge of Charlotte out to where they are.
Any hope of RST coming to east the actual borders of Charlotte is minimal. They're heading further west towards the new datacenters. They're smart enough not to compete head-on with TWC and AT&T in the center of the population where marketing is heavy and the legacy networks are better maintained.
I am in WS and I pay ~77 bucks/month including modem rental for the 30/5 tier. I got a notice yesterday that the modem rental will be going up $3.95 more. Had no choice, owner owned modem was not supported then, but it is now. Currently using the Moto SBG6580, plan on getting the SB6141.
North Carolina in particular recently enacted some of the toughest telecom anti-competitive laws in the nation.. so even with a competitor trying to make inroads in the Carolinas.. you can imagine all the regulatory hurdles and everything else thrown at them to stop, and impede progress towards real competition.
Democrat Governor Bev Perdue let that bill sit on her desk and become law instead of vetoing it. Former Republican Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory just won the election and there is a Republican majority in the legislature. Don't expect much change but there is always hope right?
North Carolina in particular recently enacted some of the toughest telecom anti-competitive laws in the nation
Leaving NC was made easier for me by the blankets of pro-business legislation and government whoring to desires of the chamber of commerce and incumbents-of-any-brand. Really annoyed me. I like alot of things about the state but that wasn't one of them. Often surprised me the distance legislators and courts would walk to kiss business ass even when proposals were clearly detrimental to quality of life and good alternatives were on the table. Extreme short sighted profit taking mentality seems to pervade the culture.
Whats the point of a high speed connection if they are going to throttle users and add caps?
To collect your money and give you nothing of value in return. Isn't that the way most companies would like it? Charge you a fortune and give you nothing for it. I would love to start a company that charged $99/month and gave you nothing for it. I wonder how many suckers would sign up for such a service. -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Highest prices for what exactly? Large city? It can't be in general. I can name a lot of small markets where it is more expensive. Try $95 for 10mbps for example. Or $55 for 1.5mbps. And that is delivered by fiber-to-the-home paid for with tax dollars. Small cities served by your local telecoms. They will rip you off worse than the big boys.
Up here in Statesville they keep pushing uVerse to everybody I know. I am lucky 100 yards from the DSLAM (and I guess now VRAD)-might have to look into that to compare to my current DSL. I never warmed up to TWC.
And how many Commscope plants are there around here?