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Re: [funsec] Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users (fwd)

  • From: Todd Vierling
  • Date: Tue Mar 13 14:43:28 2007
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On 3/13/07, Sean Donelan <[email protected]> wrote:
If many of US consumers were already buying the biggest pipe and were
willing to pay even more for even higher speeds; would we be having
this discussion?  Or is the reality that US consumers are buying lower
priced services even when bigger services are available.

The reality is probably more that

Several US Providers are very happy to sell 1Gbps and even 10Gbps to
anyone in major (i.e. NFL/top 30) cities, but not at $14.95/month.

Of course not; I wouldn't expect that. However, there are many markets where even "small business broadband" -- rate-limited at *exactly* the same numbers as consumer services -- are twice the price as consumer services. I happen to live in one, and it's true of both the major ADSL and cable carriers there.

A typical "small business" usage profile even puts that price past a
typical (bidirectional 95p, not rate-capped) Mbit/s cost of a real
fiber connection to a Tier-[123] type carrier.  The only remaining
difference skewing away from direct connection is the cost of the

-- Todd Vierling <[email protected]> <[email protected]> <[email protected]>