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cell14
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Interesting news Reply with quote

http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/converg/2013/042213convergence1.html
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ILECs have nobody to blame but themselves.

When DSL was new, they convinced the FCC that they shouldn't have to sell dry DSL without a POTS line to defray the cost. So, now not only are customers canceling their POTS lines, they are also moving their internet service from DSL to their friendly neighborhood cable TV or wireless company.

That leaves the ILECs with orphaned last mile drops that generate zero revenue. Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mberlant wrote:
The ILECs have nobody to blame but themselves.

So, now not only are customers canceling their POTS lines, they are also moving their internet service from DSL to their friendly neighborhood cable TV or wireless company.



The problem with this picture are the exorbitant prices the "friendly neighborhood cable TV" charges to US customers. The wireless broadband is even bleaker. The majority of it is controlled by the very ILECs, 4G is available only in limited areas, prices are exorbitant and there are stiff usage caps.

19 million of Americans have no broadband access whatsoever( not because they cannot afford it, but because it is not available where they live), tens of millions rely on miserable and overpriced DSL
When you compare broadband offers( price and performace) in US and in Germany you may ask yourself what happened to the US, the mother of internet.

But back to the topic : It is interesting and very sad that alternative VOIP providers were so far able to catch only 3 % of the traffic.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The whole situation in the US is very sad, especially when compared to much of Europe and Asia.

I, like 28% of households and small businesses, pay $65 per month in Japan for 100Mbps/100Mbps fiber internet service. Another 21% of households and small businesses pay $25 per month for ADSL 48Mbps/1Mbps copper service. This is for raw internet service, where the bandwidth provisioned is not contingent upon the purchase of any "value added" services like TV or telephone. This report from 2009 says that US subscribers pay on average $0.49 per 100kbps of DSL service vs. the $0.07 per 100kbps that folks in Japan pay. There is no technological justification for such a disparity -- just greed.

What's more, the last mile and the nationwide backbone are regulated monopolies operated by the ILECs. This means that changing ISPs is as simple as changing the PPPoE User Name and Password in your router. The phone company's DSLAM now routes your service request through your new ISP's access router without any new installation charge and without any down time.

There is no technological reason why FiOS or uVerse could not provide US subscribers with the same level of service at competitive prices that subscribers in other countries enjoy. It is only the US companies' successful lobbying efforts that have persuaded the regulators to approve marketing plans that fail to serve the US population.
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