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by Revcb 06:45PM Friday Nov 16 2012

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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA

Bad Reasoning, Indeed

The article fails to address how we're supposed to pay for this "investment" in "more high speed internet" when consumers are unwilling to pay for what is already available.
Wilsdom

join:2009-08-06

1 recommendation

Re: Bad Reasoning, Indeed

I don't know, re-invest some of the massive profits?

meeeeeeeeee

join:2003-07-13
Newburgh, NY

1 recommendation

Re: Bad Reasoning, Indeed

Sorry... That's already being reinvested in yachts, champagne and caviar.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
said by Wilsdom:

I don't know, re-invest some of the massive profits?

If there were "massive profits", with the lure of greater "massive profits" from further deployment, then of course, that would happen.

But most consumers aren't interested or willing in paying today's already discounted rates for "faster internet". There aren't "massive profits". At this stage, LECs and MSOs would be foolish to invest a dime in extending the plant, so long as competitors can deploy LTE and sell it for a fraction of the wired price.

I have paid "any price" over the years to maintain access. But even as one who values premium service levels and companies, I don't think I would pay $75+/month for Verizon Fios if we could get it - the speed is simply unnecessary.
Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX
said by elray:

The article fails to address how we're supposed to pay for this "investment" in "more high speed internet" when consumers are unwilling to pay for what is already available.

That will sort itself out soon enough. Internet connectivity will come down in price dramatically in the next 10 years or so. And at the same time, availability will go up.

The main reason this isn't happening right now is the way the last mile connectivity works. There are good reasons to think this won't be the case for much longer.
Once the "last mile" gets a "wifi" equivalent we'll hopefully have the internet back on par with everything else in silicon valley speed wise.

You can say this is just wishful thinking. But there are plenty of emerging technologies on the wireless front that will easily allow this to happen. And really all we have to do is look at just how much better the price/performance ratio gets better exponentially in anything information related.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
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The bad reasoning is that we have to have it right now this very minute no matter the cost. The entitlement mentality is everywhere.

Will we have to have 100Mbps every where? Yes. Will we need it in 5 years? No. Will we need it in 10 years? Probably. Should the government foot the build? Absolutely not.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.

dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO

sprint, softbank

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink

"Broadband" savings?

Internet access can result in some savings via comparison-shopping.
That doesn't require a broadband subscription.

We save a few hundred a year buying products and services online rather than trying to find them via local stores. The savings is a bonus - avoiding the retail experience is the real payoff.

But it doesn't add up to $8400. Not even $500.
The "savings on entertainment" is nonsense. You "save" if you forgo certain content, which is not replaced via broadband.
Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX

Re: "Broadband" savings?

said by elray:

The "savings on entertainment" is nonsense. You "save" if you forgo certain content, which is not replaced via broadband.

It's not just replaced, it's broadened. You have access to more content by orders of magnitude if you have broadband vs just offline media.
Specially if you are into things that aren't considered mainstream enough to make the cut on traditional media, such e-sports, online convention coverage, video reviews of specific products or services, etc.

I would't trade a speedy internet connection for any offline media, not even if i could get access to all the content with out pay for their pay per view events such as movies or sports. I would miss out on the stuff i actually like and can't hope to get any other way. (good luck watching StarCraft tournaments with out an internet connection unless you live in Korea)