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

  • From: Todd Vierling
  • Date: Tue Mar 13 18:23:41 2007
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On 3/13/07, Daniel Senie <[email protected]> wrote:
You've mentioned powerline a few times. Care to expand on the
business case for BPL?

I do admit that I haven't been keeping up on BPL technology lately, as I am not in [and know only one person living in] an area where power lines are the only cabled connection to the world. My point was more that there are areas where it's simply impractical to put out many of the today-common technologies for broadband.

As for satellite, have you ever actually used a DirecPC or similar
service? The latency makes such services useful mostly for casual web
browsing and for email service. You can't use VPNs, VOIP, or most
other more interesting services.

Yes, these are known limitations, and to some extent goes with the logistics of living in more remote areas.

>(I don't mention cell-based wireless technologies,

Sprint seems to be doing an OK job in this regard, actually. Their
"unlimited" contract seems to not have strings attached like Verizon
Wireless (who think "unlimited" means "use it occasionally for email,
but we really didn't mean "unlimited.").

Which is a somewhat new point of view, even for Sprint. See quote from John Polivka in:

I hope the carriers find from experience that fixed termination sites
are more "OK" than they originally thought.  Sprint has done a Good
Thing by actually jumping for the allowance for wireless routers, and
I'm watching with great interest.

(Verizon has Bell roots, which readily explains why they're vehemently
-- at least for now -- against true "unlimited" use of their EV-DO.
I'm personally rooting for HSDPA from a different non-Bell-rooted
provider, because I just can't give up the interchangeability of SIM
cards.  ;)

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