Originally Posted by Darkpriest667
And we were getting along so well the past few months twinkie.
We'd need actual competition not government sanctioned monopolies/oligopolies to get actual equilibrium on pricing.
Also, I don't know ANYONE that pays 40 dollars a month for internet. I also don't buy that the average person uses less than 50 GB a month. I don't do any netflix or hulu (I still watch TV) I know a lot of people that do, including my roomate, he doesnt do any downloading or anything torrent like. Last month his usage by himself was 280 GB... I consider the man a luddite. I think the average users are easily going over the 200 GB limit. Netflix is insanely popular.
The ISP industry needs a few things. First, it needs to have oligopolies and monopolies torn down. Price fixing exists and everyone knows it. Secondly, if we are to do a metered system then there needs to be independent hardware to measure the meter. Self policed metering will never work and it will be abused by companies. This FALSE scarcity needs to end. There is no scarcity on bandwidth.
There absolutely is a scarcity of bandwidth in this country, though it isn't caused by a lack of technology, but by a lack of DEPLOYED technology. What has prevented this from being deployed? Goverment and big business.
You sir, are on the same page as I am, we actually still agree.
Governments need to free up RF spectrum, and free up funding for deployment of infrastructure. There are more than enough of us "little guys" that will do the work, if they would just let us do it! Unfortunately, those big businesses that you referred to have paid a lot of money to keep that from happening, and the law makers are happy to pocket it. After all, they have to fill their boats with gas for the weekend.
A great example of complete utter nonsense!
The 10,000Mhz to 10,500Mhz of spectrum. It is COMPLETELY unused in this country, absolutely open! Yet the FCC says we can't use it because who knows? What could it be used for? Ah...just little things......like multiple gigabit backhaul links between broadcasts out in last mile situations. Or, multi-gigabit links between businesses.....
Short distance things, about 7 miles. Cost? You could do a single link for a couple of thousand.
Think about that......
~$3000 for 1Gb+ across 5 to 7 miles......
Or, using current Fiber build costs, about $196,000 to deploy Fiber the same distance. Now which one is going to work out for the small rural town better?
Google Fiber is a great example of what we could be doing, if we were allowed. Insane speeds, that cost next to nothing, no limits on bandwidth. Some day guys, some day!Edited by PostalTwinkie - 11/9/13 at 8:35am