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I count my lucky stars for living in NYC. Paying $45 bucks for 100/10 uncpapped service from TWC. Sadly, I can't get anything faster because they capped my modem at that speed even if its a Docsis 3.0 8x4. Either way its better than the 45 bucks paying to Verizon for 7/1 DSL service before.
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I count my lucky stars for living in NYC. Paying $45 bucks for 100/10 uncpapped service from TWC. Sadly, I can't get anything faster because they capped my modem at that speed even if its a Docsis 3.0 8x4. Either way its better than the 45 bucks paying to Verizon for 7/1 DSL service before.

What exactly do you mean capped your modem?
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Currently with Brighthouse, probably will be with them as long as I can.

That will be until the end of the year until Charter buys them and TWC. We have Charter here in St. Louis, I pay $40/month for 100Mbps with NO CAP! Below is what speeds I acutally get. Hopefully Charter will spread this kind of service to the TWC & Brighthouse networks.
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That will be until the end of the year until Charter buys them and TWC. We have Charter here in St. Louis, I pay $40/month for 100Mbps with NO CAP! Below is what speeds I acutally get. Hopefully Charter will spread this kind of service to the TWC & Brighthouse networks.

Well, it's a merger really, and yes.. most will stay the same. There is a lot of similarities in support between the 2 companies. Main difference, all of Charter is stateside, no international vendors people hate. Plans to jump to 100mbps are still progressing well with new areas being added soon. 300mbps is the jump after that.

The thing is, Charter merging with TWC and becoming New Charter doesn't change anything about the actual network. The actual physical network has rollout plans that are set to be on track up until the merger takes place, and reason would say they complete after the fact. Little is also likely to change in the local support, except the name on the vans and their badges. Maybe less contractors, but who knows.
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Except that isn't what is happening here. If you want a fair comparison, it would be what would happen if the GOVERNMENT told FedEx that you can't compete with UPS in these states and in exchange, UPS can't compete with you in these states.

You know, just like how the government tells BOTH UPS and FedEx they can't compete with USPS in ANY STATE to deliver mail.

Except it isn't the Federal Government that regulates where Time Warner and Comcast can have local monopolies. Local monopolies are the result of local government incompetence. I'm not going to blame the Fed because my city has its head in the gutter.

Besides. All the local cities have done is put up high entry costs. If the private sector was so innovative, where is the capital from venture capitalists to fund competition? Nowhere. Because no private interests will ever invest into "risky" ventures like building a cable competitor with high investment costs and a potentially tough fight with established giants like Comcast. That's why private interests never routinely "compete" with each other. Or have you guys not had enough of price fixing scandals from huge international corporations?

In fact UPS/USPS/Fed Ex is the perfect example of why we need Government intervention in order to facilitate healthy competition in our cities. USPS has long been considered a sub-par service compared to UPS/Fed Ex. Yet USPS provides a baseline service that UPS and Fed Ex have to exceed in order to be competitive. I call that healthy competition.

I don't think any seriously large group of people are complaining about lack of competition when it comes to mail. It's almost considered a utility and some people don't even like getting mail. They'd rather go paperless.
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Again, it is GOVERNMENT who is PREVENTING competition in markets with LAWS that they have passed.

Government regulations made sure that there is widespread Internet Access. I don't agree with a lot of the things the Government does, but local franchises were absolutely vital to achieve wide market coverage. Are they in the way now to create small, high-quality competitors to Comcast? Absolutely, this is why we need government intervention from the federal level to introduce nation-wide competition to local cable-opolies. Because private interests will seldom invest large amounts of capital in an established market. It truly takes a "revolutionary" mind to crack it open, and even then it doesn't happen without the foundations being laid by the government in the form of high-risk, high-capital investments to facilitate changing or opening a market.


Edit: Just as an example, here's a case for Seattle and Municipal Broadband.

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/seattle-officials-municipal-broadband-too-risky-and-expensive-for-city-to-build-alone/
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/cost-of-municipal-broadband-for-seattle-less-than-estimated/

It is cited to be impossible due to high capital costs involved in building it. Hmmm, I wonder what entity could and would be willing to provide huge amounts of capital, at low interest rates and limited liability with the sole goal of providing an affordable, high-quality service to it's customer base.
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The FTC continues to allow mergers and acquisitions of service and entertainment providers and the consumer continues to get the shaft...
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Thank god Google is supposed to be bringing fiber to Jacksonville...it's just a waiting game now, hoping Comcast doesn't bring caps before then lol.
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Lol, they are wasting their time introducing these caps in some cities, especially Chattanooga. I wonder how many people will jump on the bandwagon and switch over to EPB.
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Honestly in the future if I move I'll go out of my way just to avoid bad ISP's.

For now though I just got brighthouse with 150down/15up and no data cap, and I'm loving it.
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Leaked Comcast Talking Points Admit Caps Not About Congestion

Leaked Comcast Doc Admits: Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion

Link to Reddit source that will inevitably be called dangerous unpatriotic terrorists for leaking documents
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