A company by the name of Comporium has beaten Time Warner Cable to the punch in their own backyard, offering some locals 1 Gbps connections for $99 a month. According to the company announcement, the company is offering the service to downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina this summer, with expansion to new businesses and residents of the Bleachery area down the road. Time Warner Cable, meanwhile, has promised to deploy a top speed of 300 Mbps at an unspecified price sometime before 2015, plans that could potentially be shifted around depending on their planned merger by Comcast.
This sort of thing is a TRAVESTY. Pretty soon uppity Americans everywhere are going to want that and it needs to be STOPPED and NOW.
They kind of ... sort of (in a way) did. They stopped Greenlight and Fibrant dead in their tracks with the anti-muni bills they got passed in this state. Took them 2 tries using a guy who was on his way out the door. But they got them.
2014-Feb-26 10:23 am: ·
mr sean Professional Infidel Premium,ExMod 2001-07 join:2001-04-03 N. Absentia kudos:1
Re: Time Warner needs to SUE
...and one provider to rule them all.
2014-Feb-26 3:11 pm: ·
tshirt Premium join:2004-07-11 Snohomish, WA kudos:5
"...For this reason, Zipstream will initially only be available in Knowledge Park. Specifically, Zipstream will be available on Main, Black, and White Streets between Old Town East and Dave Lyle Boulevard, and along White Street between Dave Lyle and the Bleachery. Comporium looks forward to bringing Zipstream to the Winthrop campus in the near future. " It isn't hard to cherry pick a few blocks around the end of an existing fiber. It's more difficult to cover the whole town, county, state. in a consistant manner.
Even Google, Comcast, Microsoft and Rome were not built in a day. However, they were able to be built and didnt have "incumbents" doing all they can to stop them whether it was logical and fair or not.
2014-Feb-26 12:28 pm: ·
rchandra Stargate Universe fan Premium join:2000-11-09 14225-2105
Re: WOW! look at the size of that footprint...
Even more to the point, at what time should the company begin offering services? What land area would satisfy tshirt? How much building of infrastructure needs to be built out before the company is "allowed" to start charging for the prodcut they're offering and their investment money start to be earned back? Do they have to invest and invest and invest building out the entire city limits before they can turn up one connection/circuit? -- English is a difficult enough language to interpret correctly when its rules are followed, let alone when a writer chooses not to follow those rules.
Jeopardy! replies and randomcaps REALLY suck!
2014-Feb-26 2:10 pm: ·
tshirt Premium join:2004-07-11 Snohomish, WA kudos:5
FYI, I'm in the territory in question. They have stated in conversation (though not in press release yet) that they're in the process of readying all of their existing FTTH neighborhoods to support the ZipStream service. I have personally seen their network techs out at strange hours changing out equipment.
They just raised the top speed of the FTTH service to 100Mbps in preparation for further speed increases. All new developments built in the area after 2006 were FTTH. (And that was the housing boom around here, so there are a LOT of FTTH neighborhoods.)
They work hand in hand with Windstream in the Lexington, SC area offering crappy service for a premium. They have been dropping fiber all over the place and leaving it hang off poles on the sidewalks so people can mess with it, etc.
Oh.. and let's not forget that they are charging $45 a month for 1.5/256k! Hell, even windstream is cheaper for about the same speed.. if you can get anything at all thru the pipe after 4pm.
How are those low limits?! Comporium counts upstream and downstream independently. So their Fiber Elite is a 600GB cap. Cable modem Elite is 465GB. Comcast is only 300GB TOTAL. So Comporium is higher than what Comcast is pushing. How is that so bad?
And my Fiber Elite, at 100Mbps (recently speed increase) is only $59.95/mo. How is that laughable?
Time Warner has nothing to worry about, Comporium is the worst company in the telecom/cable field, they charge exuberant rates and provide horrible service. One reason why 90% of homeowners in my neighborhood have AT&T U-Verse because it is either that or Comporium.
They offer very limited channel lineup on the TV side they are a religious based company and will not carry channels that go against their beliefs. They also will not hire anyone unless they share the same beliefs.
Their regular internet is overpriced and very slow. Fiber is great but if you do not have the backbone and interconnection agreements to support it their 1GB will be useless.... -- »www.w4lny.com
2014-Feb-26 5:54 pm: ·
Chiyo Save Me Konata-Chan Premium join:2003-02-20 Charlotte, NC kudos:1
I moved to the edge of TWC in South Carolina just to avoid having to get Caporium. Co-worker down the street can't get TWC. -- That was the wild boar.... Moo! My podcast: The Banzai Beat »www.banzaibeat.com
You can only hope as more of the FTTH pop up then the Comcasts in the world will do more. If an area wants FTTH then they need to start a co-op or get another private company build the system. The old cable companies should be told either build a fiber system or lose your monopoly status franchise. I just want to see most people in non town areas that have power get a good internet connection.