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Why Super-Fast Internet Is Coming Super Slowly
WSJ ^ | 2/23/2014 | WSJ

Posted on 02/24/2014 7:28:50 AM PST by Dallas59

In 1982, rock star Pete Townsend asked Americans to call their cable operators and, "Demand your MTV. I want my MTV!" It's 2014, and two-minute music videos on a cable channel have given way to high-definition movies, concerts and sports streamed live to your TV, computer and phone. So where the heck is my superfast gigabit Internet access? Who do I even call?

We know it's technically feasible. Google GOOG +0.85% Fiber, with speeds up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband provided by your cable or phone company, is already up and running in Kansas City, Mo.; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. And last week, Google announced it's in talks with 34 more cities. Even Chattanooga has gigabit broadband in 56,000 homes and businesses provided by the city-owned electric company, of all things

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: internet

1 posted on 02/24/2014 7:28:50 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59
thanks.

'Last month a bill was introduced in the Kansas legislature, pushed by the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association and presumably Time Warner Cable, to outlaw cities from selling cable and Internet services or even partnering with private service providers. Meanwhile, AT&T is slowing Google Fiber deployment in Austin by denying access to its utility poles. The incumbents' strategy seems to be kill the demon seed in its crib.'

2 posted on 02/24/2014 7:35:08 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Dallas59

That would be nice.

But I remember downloading songs off Napster at 3.5 kb/second back in the day. If it got up to 5 kb I thought I was zooming! Then 20-30 minutes later I had a “free” song. Brings back memories.

So with that in mind I don’t complain too much about 15 mb/second.


3 posted on 02/24/2014 7:35:43 AM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Dallas59

Google started their fiber service in Kansas City, KS. Have they expanded to Kansas City, MO already?


4 posted on 02/24/2014 7:37:13 AM PST by posterchild
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To: Dallas59

It’s always the same: incumbents who have the most to lose resist change. The makers of buggy-whips are still upset that automobiles were allowed to use the roads...

Change takes time. Things can happen that speed up the process but whining to your Congressman isn’t one of them.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 7:37:24 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Dallas59
Sounds dandy, but the thievin' monopolistic bastards will no doubt gigaf'nbit your monthly bill exponentially.

As age slowly puts the brakes on the ol' sensory receptors, I'll prolly recall dialup for a moment, and opt for letting the current 'pretty fast' be fast enough . . .

6 posted on 02/24/2014 7:40:18 AM PST by tomkat
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To: posterchild

Yes.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 7:40:44 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Clump
But I remember downloading songs off Napster at 3.5 kb/second back in the day.

LOL I remember that too... I think, that's why it why it was called "Napster". Cause, you start some downloads, go take a "Nap"... then, come back and see how many (if any) completed successfully!

8 posted on 02/24/2014 7:41:24 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them!)
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To: Theoria

Is there any particular need for cities to pick which firms can deliver internet services to local residents?


9 posted on 02/24/2014 7:41:40 AM PST by posterchild
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To: Theoria

AT&T’s move makes absolute good sense, and no rational person who has payed any attention whatsoever to the moves they have made over the last five years can criticize it at all.

They aren’t really obstructing anything.


10 posted on 02/24/2014 7:43:04 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: posterchild
No. Nor is there any reason for .gov to grant monopolies or special interest groups to lobby and ban alternate methods of bringing in internet service.
11 posted on 02/24/2014 7:44:05 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Dallas59

It’s slow because Algore is focused on other things and cannot dedicate time to invent it.


12 posted on 02/24/2014 7:48:25 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: posterchild

Google is expanding out from Kansas City, KS as quickly as they can, moving into whatever suburbs will allow them to do so. Their crews are working at maximum capacity. As you might expect, the Democrats who control Kansas City, MO want their cut of the action, so they are left on the sidelines for the time being. The cable companies aren’t happy either.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 7:48:54 AM PST by centurion316
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To: Theoria

I agree with that. I haven’t read the KS law but just based on the paragraph here it doesn’t appear to prevent businesses using any method of providing service. It just says they can’t do it with local gov partnership.

I’m glad to have such services stay profit driven and not vote driven.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 7:49:38 AM PST by posterchild
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15 posted on 02/24/2014 7:58:54 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Dallas59

Why bother? They’ll just clog the bandwidth with more ads and pop-ups.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 8:10:59 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: MrEdd

I have uverse internet at 20 mbs which supports 8 devices on WiFi along with recording 3 hd and 1 sd video streams


17 posted on 02/24/2014 8:18:22 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: Fido969

Whatever bandwidth is provided they’ll find a way to slog it down. I am watching Netflix/Hulu in “sorta” HD now and I can not complain about the picture one bit. But full HD will take more band width and 4k? Forget about it.

Thats’ 8 million pixels at 30 frames per second. What’s that...240 MB/sec? Wow!


18 posted on 02/24/2014 8:22:35 AM PST by BRK
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To: Dallas59

Here in the UK, you have some choice. British Telecom is required to sell capacity on its lines to other companies, so theoretically, there a many DSL providers in any area. If you’re in a Virgin Media Cable area, you get either Cable Modem or Fibre Optic. My area has Fibre and we get 120Mb speeds for £29/MO, unlimited use. It’s so much faster than DSL or Cable was back in the States.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 8:34:06 AM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: UB355
The issue will be once LTE is deployed everyone will forget hard fiber/copper lines and goto Wireless broadband. Most of what ATT and Verizon are doing today will nullify any fiber deployment.

All wireless LTE will be 5mb and it will be game over. No more Dish;Directv;Cable Company,Comcast...
20 posted on 02/24/2014 8:37:42 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: Baseballguy

That’s interesting.
I just read that Google is looking at a vast expansion of their fiber effort.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 8:38:56 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

The issue is just like landline. Established fiber/cable will be fighting to keep their market. Tho there time of easy $50 fee is going to be trimmed just like Wireless bills will be trimmed. The easy ride is coming to an end. The FCC will have to open up the wireless market to allow more providers to have signal on towers as the world becomes more LTE.


22 posted on 02/24/2014 8:58:33 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: Dallas59
In 1982, rock star Pete Townsend asked Americans to call their cable operators and, "Demand your MTV. I want my MTV!"

Pete Townsend is definitely not the guy you want to start off an article about Teh Intarwebz.

23 posted on 02/24/2014 9:09:48 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

It was for research. Research.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 9:12:34 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Baseballguy

Sorry—5mb cannot compete with gigabit.


25 posted on 02/24/2014 9:23:47 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Dallas59
So where the heck is my superfast gigabit Internet access? Who do I even call?

Boo-fricking-hoo.

I could ask "Where the heck is my basic DSL or cable?"

A U.S. Fed Gov 2010 survey found that 40% of US residents do not have broadband internet.

I happen to be part of that 40%.

No DSL. No cable.

So, forgive me if I have no sympathy for those whining about not have "super-fast" internet. The author should consider him/herself fortunate to have any type of broadband.

/end rant

26 posted on 02/24/2014 9:34:58 AM PST by holymoly
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To: Clump; Dallas59

I spent years on dialup, and even bought a device so i could answer the phone while online, and would let it run all night to download a free Christian movie (I want to be legal), but now have Verizon for DSL for 30.00 a month.

Yet i is only 7mbps, and yet it was up to 15mbps just over the hill where we lived for 20 years. Same plan, but Verizon said the wires were newer.

And it looks like FIOS is stalled from further deployment.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 10:03:39 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: ShadowAce
Sorry—5mb cannot compete with gigabit.

AT&T the owner of a majority of the land lines and switching equipment is in a transition from landlines to tower based communications. So much so minimal maintenance is being done on the current landlines. AT&T has gone from a person seeing a half a dozen AT&T service vans a day in any mid size city to a rarity. The only question really is will they complete the transition before the now aging cables and trunking systems to outlying areas begin to fail due to age?

The lines in my area were replaced in the late 1970's as well as the SLICK System installed and then only because my dad a long time Ma Bell employee went to the state Public Service Commission because the lines in our neighborhood failed every time it rained.

28 posted on 02/24/2014 10:26:51 AM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Good point about the nap. I would have like ten or fifteen going at the same time.
There really was a thrill to see the bars finally completed.
I’m glad I got to experience the internet in its infancy.
I also fear I may live to see its demise.
The question is whether the government decides the freedom it gives us is outweighed by the governments increased ability to use it to spy on us.
We shall see.


29 posted on 02/24/2014 3:54:46 PM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: ShadowAce

I just got LTE and I was wrong its 15mb


30 posted on 03/01/2014 10:07:59 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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