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  1. richardhuffman says:

    “Of course, there’s no mention of how much that high-speed connection might actually cost the average residential user. (Techdirt reports it’s $400 a month, with a $1000 early termination fee and $500 worth of installation and activation fees.) ”

    I have no idea where Techdirt got their numbers from; I have Seattle comcast 105 MBPS service and its 160 bucks a month… and no early termination fee (it’s month to month) and zero installation and activation fees). Seriously this 100% undercuts their entire point.

    Comcast sucks, of course. But if basic facts like this are gotten completely wrong, then we are simply giving Comcast ammo to dismiss the complainer.

    (mentally checking off Techdirt as a trustworthy source for future reference).

  2. wsuschmitt says:

    Fortunately, here in Seattle (downtown and neighborhoods close to downtown), we DO have a small competitor that is slowly taking over as an option to Comcast’s Xfinity service. started off as the residential option to getting fiber to the condominiums in the downtown area. At a fixed $60/month, I was getting a consistent 100Mbps 24/7. They are slowly working their way towards the areas that have single homes, since they are better off bundling the service into apartments and condos for now. For $60 for the Xfinity service that I get now, I’m told I can get up to 50 Mbps, but it seems to be topping out at around 30 Mbps during the day and about 15 Mbps at night when everyone comes back to the apartment. I’ve also noticed that my Netflix hasn’t been able to stream in HD over the last couple of months… there may be a Net Neutrality issue going on…

  3. mongo says:

    History repeats.

    Verizon Wireless used to disable wired and wireless syncing of their phones so subscribers had to pay data charges to get photos out.

    An executive said, “Syncing is not a feature that our customers want.”
    You know. Because their customers couldn’t do it.

    Somewhere along the way it must have occurred to Verizon that there were features that people who weren’t, and refused to be, Verizon customers wanted.

  4. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    NC’s law was written after the town of Wilson created successful municipal internet. the law basically comes down to “you can do it if you do it EXACTLY the way Wilson did”