It’s the price stupid!

Stop the Cap! ran a story regarding the proposed DOCSIS 3.1 standard. While many of the cable companies offer 50Mb+.

Comcast has 105Mb for $90/month,

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Verizon has FiOS rated at 150Mb even 300Mb. They’re 75Mb/35Mb option is $70/month.
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Cox Communications even has 100Mb for $100.
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Time Warner Cable is always the hold out. They offer 50Mb / 5Mb for $75. While the other companies are offering something about $1/Mb Time Warner Cable is at $1.50 / Mb. And the upload speed of 5Mb is abysmal especially compared with Verizon’s FiOS.
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And Time Warner’s CTO clearly doesn’t think we want fast internet.

LaJoie dismissed triple digit megabit speeds as a novelty that is not “very deeply penetrated” in the marketplace — marketspeak for “not attracting many customers.”

“There has not been a demonstrated appetite for it,” LaJoie said.

I suspect not many people are subscribing to the 50/5 offering so clearly their data would show little demand. But I think the problem is the price. 50/5 for $49.99 would be totally worth it. But for $75 that’s just outrageous. It would be great to have more competition here in NC, but with Time Warner Cable lobbying against competition, that will likely never happen.