Either someone lives really, really far from the CO... or there's something seriously wrong with your line or h/w or something. There's nothing wrong with DSL that shortening the distance won't cure.
Now, if at&t would only get that el cheapo FTTN + DSL solution in place everywhere for a reasonable and competitive price, they could... heh-heh-heh ...I'll just stop right there. -- "Face piles of trials with smiles; it riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave."
They could have done that 10 years ago but now, copper cannot stop bleeding. Soon without DOCSIS 3.1, coax will be dead.
As typical cable speeds move to 100Mbps and beyond, even copper for the last 1,000 feet isn't going to be competitive. Any provider who tries to use a hybrid fiber/copper solution to compete with coax, will have to exit the market or replace the copper with fiber. Eventually coax in areas where there's a fiber alternative will have to finish with fiber. However, DOCSIS 3.1, if and when it becomes widely available and deployed, will extend HFC's longevity for a while.
That's all well and good, but there's not a damn thing for which the typical customer needs anything more than 15mbps in order to do. Speed is nothing but a numbers game now. Competitive? ...yeah, in the ads. If the telcos had actually been paying attention, then everyone could've had 25/5 by now ten years ago. Sure, it's not "future-proof", but they wouldn't have huge swaths of their demographic having to rely on cablecos or some "too expensive" fiber build-out, which gets abandoned--just like those customers waiting for something that's merely fast enough that they can afford. Sorry, but copper is plenty fast enough to handle everything that almost anyone needs, and still will be for quite awhile. Yeah, fiber is "better"... but only if you can get it. -- "Face piles of trials with smiles; it riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave."
2013-Feb-15 9:03 am: ·
fuziwuzi Not born yesterday Premium join:2005-07-01 Atlanta, GA
Re: Eh? "256Kbps DSL"?
"I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers" "No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer."
Don't we love to look back on stupid statements? Yours will be added to the list. -- Teabaggers: Destroying America is Priority #1
How right you are! 15Mbps for all! In fact, using something like Carbonite to backup years and years of photos and home videos would just fly across the wire at 15Mbps. Who needs 100Mbps or *gasp* 1Gbps! Streaming HD video to multiple XBOXs, Apple TVs, Rokus or [insert favorite video device] would never stutter with the gaudy excess capacity provided by 15Mbps. Given this capacity, I wish someone would bury MORE COPPER in my subdivision. It's just so damn fast and flexible. Copper for all! Does anyone know where I can invest all of my 401K funds in copper? I want to retire early and RICH!
2013-Feb-15 11:33 am: ·
skeechan Ai Otsukaholic Premium join:2012-01-26 AA169|170 kudos:2
...and any politician, who takes a dime from any telecom, votes in favor of this bill should go to prison for the rest of their lives for their bribery and corruption.
2013-Feb-14 8:13 pm: ·
Kearnstd Elf Wizard Premium join:2002-01-22 Mullica Hill, NJ
Re: GA law...
Honestly I think any politician that takes money at all from private means should go to jail. They should only be allowed to get money from their tax payer funded salary while in office. Lobbying should be banned at all government levels from the local school board all the way up to the white house. -- [65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports
Verizon finally rolled out 4G in (almost) all of our area. My biggest issues with it are that it A) has weaker signal strength than 3g and B) I live in a small area (almost on top of 4g coverage) that houses a few hundred people as well as several businesses and a college still only gets 1-2 bars of 3g due to tower set up. Verizon network techs blame it on terrain of course, even though T-Mobile has 5 bars of '4g' service (powered by a T1 that gets 1-1.5 megs of service) -- My beta Ruby on Rails tutorial site!
Shouldn't be weaker than 3G. Also Verizon isn't done rolling out 4G over 700 MHz yet. We got 4G in September but not every tower had 4G. That number has been increasing over time.
Also Verizon will start rolling out 4g over 1700/2100 MHz later this year. Of course you'll need a device that and use those frequencies. You also have to remember Verizon has a 1X and 3G network to maintain too. Also your T-Mobile tower may be closer to your home.