Ongoing Broadband Deception – Part-2

Posted on 25 June 2009

On the other hand, Cablevision is advertising its newly introduced DOCSIS 3.0–based 100-Mbps, 99USD-a-month broadband service. It even captured attention of most of the major national media which propagated it as the fastest cable all over the country. This makes public to believe it is the "fastest broadband available in the country." Yes, Cablevision’s service is, at present, double in speed as Verizon FiOS’s current fattest residential pipe whereas, Verizon’s rates are high for they charge a big amount of 144-USD a month to provide just 50-Mbps download speed.


However, Cablevision’s newly introduced 100-Mbps service is just a carrot to direct public to their other more low-priced, non-DOCSIS 3.0-based (and hence slower) packages.

Even as hardly anybody is actually giving 144-USD each month for Verizon’s 50 Mbps (an inexpensive, though slower, FiOS offerings are open), no ordinary person will give about 100-USD for home broadband service without speed. It seems to be a superb marketing ploy. These super-high speeds will spread nationwide, but only a small number of prosperous vendees will pay for them. Those consumers will unknowingly act as foot soldiers in Cablevision’s exertions to fight FiOS in the cheap broadband world.

Cablevision is not speaking lie about their services; it is just making a bunch of hand-waving to get you see at it, rather than going towards other alternatives out there.

Another commercial I took notice of lately is NetZero’s ad. Company CEO Mark R. Goldston is standing there and explaining how anybody will be able to get online for little and save huge sum of money. Who will not prefer to pay 9.99-USD-per-month to get, as the advertisement tells, the "same Internet"? I want it. See at all the money Goldston assures I can save. It’s wonderful. In these hard economic crises, it is really an offer that truly vibrates American people.

Here’s one problem: It…is…INSANE. Mr. Goldston is putting dial-up as an alternate option to broadband. Go and Dial-up! Regardless how much pre-fetching or unreal boosting you will do, it’s just a dial-up.

Not that old, I viewed the semi-classic picture ‘You’ve Got Mail’. This 1998 movie begins with somebody dialing onto United States Online. The sound track you listen here is the sound of old modem dialing, seems as if at a 14.4-baud rate, then linking up and getting connected with the well-known sounds of beeps and whistles (we often name it a "handshake").

This is the experience that NetZero wishes us to get back only when anybody dial connectivity, with all its concerns regarding sending big pictures, attempting to watch a big picture online and giving up, and desiring to know how you sliced up files so they are little enough not to clog up the thin dial-up line.

I know that many people are unhappy, but if that is the matter for you, lay aside all of your Internet activities for, suppose, once-a-week go to see a Starbucks, McDonald’s, or your nearest library. Do not get hurt by dial-up again.

The thread of connection between all these matters is fact versus mystification and some of the times straight-out fiction versus fantasy. Broadband isn’t available to everybody all over, but that should be in the future. And the broadband we use must be delivered on the fastest, most trustworthy pipes available. I am not trying to say whose pipes those are, but if we all need to know then we need to ask the facts-and nothing more than the facts, please-from everybody out there.

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One Response to “Ongoing Broadband Deception – Part-2”

  1. David Deans says:

    Midcontinent cable is offering DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband service, delivering broadband speeds of 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. The deployment enabled them to potentially deliver speeds of 160 Mbps/120 Mbps


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