You Don’t Want Super-High-Speed Internet, Says Time Warner Cable

Wired has the story You Don’t Want Super-High-Speed Internet, Says Time Warner Cable.

Time Warner Cable chief technology officer Irene Esteves says you don’t really want the gigabit speeds offered by Google Fiber and other high speed providers.
Esteves did say that if demand and applications pick up, the company would be interested in offering faster connections to communities, The Verge reported. But by then, it may be too late for the incumbents.

Communities across the country are sick of waiting for the big telcos or Google to bring them faster speeds and are taking matters into their own hands. Lafeyette, Louisiana and Chattanooga, Tennessee are the most famous examples. Both have built gigabit speed municipal networks that provide access. Meanwhile, cities like Seattle and Chicago are contracting with Gigabit Squared to turn unused fiber optic infrastructure into consumer internet connections.

Thirty years ago, I returned to Bolton, MA after having spent a year in Oakland, CA.  I called the phone company to complain about the slow internet speed in the sticks of Massachusetts compared to what I had experienced in California.  They came to visit me at work to explain the difficulties they experienced upgrading the computer service.  Only people who worked in the high tech industry were willing to pay for better service.  I told them then that if they didn’t get their act together, the able companies would eat their lunch.

In 2006, I moved to Sturbridge, MA from a dozen or so years stay near Portland, OR.  Verizon could not provide DSL to my house like it provided to my house in Oregon.  So I cut the Verizon wire, and went with Charter Cable for my TV, internet, and telephone connection.

Verizon is now trying to sell me FiOS, but it is too little, too late.  And besides, my house is not in the area to which they can provide FiOS service.

In a twist on history repeating itself, I may eventually be able to get a municipal service and bypass both the phone company and the cable company.  In high tech, if you snooze, you lose.

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