Panel looks at broadband services [The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.]

Sep 1, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Customer Interaction Solutions

Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 01--WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Any discussion of the challenges posed to West Virginia by the growth of technology must begin with the acknowledgment that a significant portion of the state's rural households do not have access to broadband.

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Sep 1, 2012
 
Yeah this is actually an even bigger problem Even in areas that have broadband coax connections the people are forced into one service provider and no one in WV wants this service provider.

So we need to find a way to force suddenlink out of the state and replace them with a wide array of competitive companies To give customers choice, Such as Time Warner, Cox, Comcast, Getting charter back would be nice,

Seriously this whole situation is messed up that sudden link is allowed a monopoly on providing broadband cable internet access.

And No DSL is NOT competition because it is not the same product, even though Suddenlink is trying to make it the same with the illogical and unjustifiable inclusion of thresholding on coax networks where the only thing being "throttled" is the consumers and how much they pay.

So honestly.. How DO you go about removing a service company no one wants?
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Sep 2, 2012
 
VirVoX Populi wrote:
Yeah this is actually an even bigger problem Even in areas that have broadband coax connections the people are forced into one service provider and no one in WV wants this service provider.
So we need to find a way to force suddenlink out of the state and replace them with a wide array of competitive companies To give customers choice, Such as Time Warner, Cox, Comcast, Getting charter back would be nice,
Seriously this whole situation is messed up that sudden link is allowed a monopoly on providing broadband cable internet access.
And No DSL is NOT competition because it is not the same product, even though Suddenlink is trying to make it the same with the illogical and unjustifiable inclusion of thresholding on coax networks where the only thing being "throttled" is the consumers and how much they pay.
So honestly.. How DO you go about removing a service company no one wants?
Start one yourself.

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well wrote:
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Start one yourself.
Well trying to take it seriously, I am not sure how effective that would be because the biggest reason this problem is on our doorstep was the perversion of deregulation that resulted the allowance of larger companies to buy out competition. Thats what they tried to accomplish in 96, and really their best laid plans have been more than laid to waste with what we have now.

I mean this whole situation goes well beyond Suddenlink now.

Every time thus far a cable operator has attempted to institute coax thresholding it is always violently opposed because its so simple to understand that the only purpose it serves to to charge people extra and without merit.(IE: Overages when their bandwidth pipeline could see from their own admission 100 fold usage increases and still compensate.) Now while it is not in practical effect in the US, Thresholding is in place very firmly now in places such as the UK, and Canada. If you talk to those people they now regret not doing anything about it.

The reason I bring other countries into it is now Suddenlink is a "failed corporation" under the thumb of the Canadian Equivalent to Bain Capital. So now we got to wonder how long before the adoption of policy begins and they start ignoring when people dont want it with the response of "Dont care, Our money, our rules" And we are all forced to accept it even though we know it isnt right, but because theres too few of people who even knew that much, much less anything deeper or more complex about it.

I think why this particularly sticks in my crawl is that just this morning when Paying suddenlink I was reviewing their terms of service and started looking at their attempt to write in threshholding, and it seems like as if that is exactly what is being rolled out. I started writing about it then, but couldnt quite conceptualize it and not even 24 hours later here it is an news article.

When you agree to buy a "10 meg" speed, your agreeing to roughly 1.25megabytes per second, for the duration of the month. Now if you do simple multiplication upwards from there, you realize that in a typical month, you have agreed to purchase basically 3000 Gigs worth of data per month or less.(IE how much bandwidth you would consume in a 1 month time utilizing your downloading speed of 1.25megabytes per sec. However in this rollout, it now suggests if you agree to 10 meg speed, you are agreeing to use 150 gigabytes of data per month or less, and they claim the right to retro-act that agreement without your consent at their discretion and by your continued usage, you are agreeing to those terms regardless of if you have or if anyone in their right mind actually would. And if you dont comply, they give you a lil 3 strikes and your out chance where they will start assessing you overage charges for every 50gb of data.

Even though by their own admission, they know the average user only consumes nominal amounts of bandwidth and only 1% can even hit those threshholds. But that still is not the point if you can today, We have seen file sizes increase exponentially over the last decade What might be practically impossible today in another 5 years will be next to impossible to avoid, Yet, by our neglect and not doing anything about it and running these people back to whereeverthehellitistheycamefr om, they have set themselves up to enforce mandatory rate increases, despite a pipeline that is half as wide as Texas.

Think of it like this. During the whole bail out, stimulus ordeal, One of the MOST recession proof industries were the media industries. Of which SuddenLink is a part of. Now they are needing private bailouts to stay open. How bad does a company have to be to fail at cashing checks? We could have even said No we will not allow outside money to influence our structure in that way, Take your monopoly money back up north. And then we could have simply watched them fail and none of it would be an issue.

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