North County gets high speed Internet

North County gets high speed Internet

There are 8 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Oct 2, 2008, titled North County gets high speed Internet. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Businesses and residents in Hancock and New Ashford now have the option of signing up for high speed Internet access with Verizon, according to company officials.

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msp Great Barrington

Paris, France

#1 Oct 2, 2008
That's wonderful that more towns are getting high speed internet! We have it already and it's one of the reasons we bought a house in Great Barrington. We couldn't even consider a place without it because my husband needs it for his work and we both use it for keeping in touch with friends and family and reading the news. This will be a good thing for economic development of the towns getting it now. I'm sure the lack of it has been holding them back.
Steve R

Biddeford, ME

#2 Oct 2, 2008
This is actually bad news. DSL is an outmoded technology that is being replaced in populated areas with fiber. We in Berkshire County are getting the cast-offs so Verizon doesn't have to invest in a vastly superior fiber-based infrastructure that would put our businesses and students on a level playing field with the rest of the state - and the world.

Today's voice and bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming and interactive video, educational applications, peer-to-peer file transfer, music and video downloads and file sharing are redefining the Internet. Additionally, wireless devices such as cell phones, Blackberrys and gaming accessories provide consumers ever-increasing access to the Internet, exponentially accelerating consumption of Internet bandwidth.

Bandwidth capacity is the critical factor that will affect usage of the Internet in the years to come.
If that’s not enough, take a look at what the rest of the world is doing. Fiber networks are replacing copper-based networks globally and throughout heavily populated parts of the U.S. In rural areas where the phone and cable companies don’t deem it profitable enough to invest in fiber infrastructure, communities are taking the development of fiber networks into their own hands, and governments are subsidizing and otherwise enabling them. In Canada, for example, the phone company must allow competitors (and even some customers) to install fiber on its poles or rights of way. According to David Isenberg, of Fortune magazine,“Such places have determined that plentiful bandwidth is as critical to their economy as running water, sewers, roads, and electricity.”

We need to be thinking this way here in Berkshire County. We shouldn't be settling for Verizon's cast-offs!

Since: Aug 08

Lee. MA

#3 Oct 2, 2008
But are you willing to pay for it ? Too many people here want the best, but want to pay 1970's prices for it.
heynow

United States

#4 Oct 2, 2008
I hear that they may be offering CD's in stores to replace cassettes now too.. Keep your fingers crossed North County..

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#5 Oct 2, 2008
FiOS pricing is is directly in line with DSL, when it comes to Mbps to Mbps and bundled services. In fact FiOS is priced cheaper then most DLS pricing plans, Mbps to Mbps.

DSL $19.99 for 768Kbps/128Kbps
FiOS $47.99 for 10MBps/2MBps
heynow

United States

#6 Oct 3, 2008
Swinson wrote:
FiOS pricing is is directly in line with DSL, when it comes to Mbps to Mbps and bundled services. In fact FiOS is priced cheaper then most DLS pricing plans, Mbps to Mbps.
DSL $19.99 for 768Kbps/128Kbps
FiOS $47.99 for 10MBps/2MBps
English please... lol
Steve R

Monson, ME

#7 Oct 3, 2008
Swinson wrote:
FiOS pricing is is directly in line with DSL, when it comes to Mbps to Mbps and bundled services. In fact FiOS is priced cheaper then most DLS pricing plans, Mbps to Mbps.
DSL $19.99 for 768Kbps/128Kbps
FiOS $47.99 for 10MBps/2MBps
Also - Fios enables you to have your phone, TV and internet bundled together (comes in on same fiber optic cable), which would be a decent cost savings for those of us currently paying for phone, internet and satellite TV separately.

Basically you get more and pay less.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#8 Oct 3, 2008
Bundling is good so long as you are not forced to and the prices are still good Ŕ la carte.

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