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[TheVerge] Time Warner Cable says there's no consumer demand for gigabit internet

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oh No They didn't!
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We're in the business of delivering what consumers want, and to stay a little ahead of what we think they will want,"
"We just don't see the need of delivering that to consumers."
"We're already delivering 1 gigabit, 10 gigabit-per-second to our business customers, so we certainly have the capability of doing it." The executive claims that residential customers have thus far shown little interest in TWC's top internet tiers. "
A very small fraction of our customer base" ultimately choose those options, she said.

I do believe the average Joe won't notice the difference between a 50mbits and a 1Gbits line. So I can understand why they are doing this. Though I don't think that's the real reason why they are not developing 1 Gbit.
If they bring the 1 Gbit, that will become their new top tier internet plan, driving prices down for the rest of the slower plans. Win for the customers, not as much for WC.
Hopefully GFiber will put enough pressure on them so they have to increase bandwidth.

source: The Verge
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Man, I hate statements like this. I want the best they can throw at me (with means of course). Make everything you can better and I won't mind paying for it. I'd love some better/faster internet in general. I'm not liking the comcast I'm getting really. I'm jealous of google speeds. And they say there's no demand?
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Bring in more fierce competition and we'll see what the customers "want". rolleyes.gif
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Wonder how much a 10gbit line would be? hehe i want biggrin.gif
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I tend to agree with them.

Sure there IS "some" demand, but honestly, I would be surprised if there was much of a demand for that speed (if people had to pay an incremental price equal to that of a "normal" speed ... ie 50 times the cost of a 20mb/sec internet rate).

The problem is, people WANT 1GB/sec speed and only want to pay the same amount as 50MB/sec rates.
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oh No They didn't!
I do believe the average Joe won't notice the difference between a 50mbits and a 1Gbits line. So I can understand why they are doing this. Though I don't think that's the real reason why they are not developing 1 Gbit.
If they bring the 1 Gbit, that will become their new top tier internet plan, driving prices down for the rest of the slower plans. Win for the customers, not as much for WC.
Hopefully GFiber will put enough pressure on them so they have to increase bandwidth.

source: The Verge

As a current TWC coustomer this makes me sick. Its also one of the reason's I'm leaving TWC as soon as GFiber is available.

Everyone I prsonally know in the KS area use's TWC, Everyone I know is also waiting for Gfiber so they can give TWC the finger.
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I want the upload speed of 1 GB/s internet. I'll write them a letter.
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I tend to agree with them.

Sure there IS "some" demand, but honestly, I would be surprised if there was much of a demand for that speed (if people had to pay an incremental price equal to that of a "normal" speed ... ie 50 times the cost of a 20mb/sec internet rate).

The problem is, people WANT 1GB/sec speed and only want to pay the same amount as 50MB/sec rates.

If there is no demand why is it that EVERYONE is getting it? (in the available area of corse)

IF TWC isn't so scared of what GFiber offer's why are they tring their hardest to combat it by locking its customer's into stupid contracts spanning years. In my area there IS demand for it. I kid you not, once or twice a week we get the same stupid offer that comes with a mandatory 2 year contract. The best part is their "sale/promo" offer's nothing compared to Gfiber and cost's more.


ALL current ISP's in America are screwing us, its crap like this that lets them keep doing it.
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 2/28/13 at 4:36am
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If there is no demand why is it that EVERYONE is getting it?

IF TWC isn't so scared of what GFiber offer's why are they tring their hardest to compeat with it by locking its customer's into stupid contracts spanning years. In my area there IS demand for it.

Who is "everyone"? "Everyone" in your one tiny city? Well, maybe EVENTUALLY they MIGHT get it ... but they haven't even come close yet. Time Warner is a company that is in more than just one small city in one state.

Google has PROMISED one city they will EVENTUALLY get it, but they haven't delivered SQUAT yet ... and what they have delivered, was done on line that the CITY already owned. Google has done very little as a private company to actually go out and lay their own fiber.

And let me restate that ... It is only in ONE CITY (aside from their experiments on a couple college campuses).

So, please, tell me who is the "EVERYONE is getting it" thing.

And regardless of what you just said, it still doesn't invalidate what I said before ... what people WANT, and what people are willing to reasonably PAY are two different things.

I'm sure if you ask everyone on OCN, people will WANT a [Insert the name of a $250,000 car here] and only have to pay $17,000 for it.

You say you want it and so does everyone else in your area ... are you willing to pay 50 TIMES the price you pay now for it?
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 2/28/13 at 4:41am
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At the moment, what I want is good coverage in remote areas. At the moment, I can't even get ADSL2+, and am stuck with a 5mbs download. To be honest, I actually don't think the speed is too bad, although it could definitely better. What I would rather have ISPs do is increase the upload speed to at least half the download speed.
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