Here’s more on the big mess with Broadband carriers, caps, metered billing and tiered access!
Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road (InternetForEveryone.org):
In North Carolina alone, nearly 5 million residents don’t have high-speed Internet. According to a July 2007 study, 30 percent or more of the state’s population in 21 rural counties did not have high-speed Internet connectivity. In many cases, telephone and cable companies have refused to provide service to people living in the remote and rural areas of the state, while some people are simply priced out of buying expensive broadband service.
They aren’t the only areas, I hope InternetForEveryone.org comes to rural Southside/Hampton Roads, VA too. There are areas like the tiny depressed area of Dendron, VA where the only ‘broadband’ is via cellular Internet that is either capped at 5GB/mo, or ‘supposed’ unlimited that throttles you, and at times has speeds of less then dialup. Anyone who can’t afford the $59-$60/mo. is stuck on dialup or equally expensive satellite Internet with massive lag times. Unless you have enough money to pay for a Fractional T1 or a T1 that is. Have any of you priced those lately?
There are many rural areas still waiting for Cable/DSL in Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight, Smithfield, and surrounding areas.
Those of us who are trying to run a small business in this economy are really having a struggle especially if your business depends on the Internet.
Wired Less: Disconnected in Urban America (InternetForEveryone.org):
For many Americans living in urban areas, high-speed Internet access remains elusive.
Much of the discussion about broadband expansion in the United States focuses on the rural areas that still lack this essential infrastructure. As we documented in our earlier report, Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road, residents in rural areas are struggling to live and work without high-speed Internet.
Even with these sad statistics, it’s nice to know there are some successes along the way.
Score the First Round for the Public (SaveTheInternet.org)
Today, I want to thank everyone involved in the grassroots movement that helped secure this first-round victory in the battle over broadband tiered pricing. Through the power of the people, together we were able to persuade Time Warner Cable to abandon its download-based tiered-billing plan in four markets: Rochester, N.Y., San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Greensboro, N.C.
Even though we won this first fight together, there is still much to be done to ensure that download-based caps do not emerge elsewhere.
Internet Users Roar. Cable Giant Blinks. (SaveTheInternet.org)
Time Warner Cable on Thursday afternoon shelved its plan to impose excessive Internet fees against those who use the Web for more than email and basic surfing.
The cable giant backed down under intense public pressure that bubbled up from the grassroots and culminated in calls by leading politicians to end the price gouging.
Time Warner Cable had been testing new Internet use penalties on people in Beaumont, Texas, and planned later this year to launch trials in Rochester, N.Y.; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; and Greensboro, N.C. If successful, Time Warner Cable execs planned to impose this cost structure upon the company’s 8.4 million broadband subscribers in 32 states.
As posted in my earlier post today, there is much work to be done here. And we need to make sure we know what they are up to.
TWC to Customers: You Don’t Want Tiers, You Don’t Get Super-fast Broadband (GigaOM):
Updated: Well, I hope all of you who complained about Time Warner Cable’s plans for metered broadband are happy. Shortly after the cable company pulled its metered broadband trials, it’s also rethinking its deployment of super-fast broadband in San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Greensboro, N.C., and Rochester N.Y. Whiny citizens in those communities (including me) apparently don’t deserve super-fast broadband speeds of 50 Mbps unless it’s accompanies by tiers.
I really am sorry that you won’t get the super-fast broadband, but at least you already have Cable/DSL broadband!
Like one thing really has anything to do with the other…
And as one comment noted, moving to DOCSIS 3.0 is not a major cost when compared with the losses they will sustain when FiOS comes knocking.