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brokenwinged

3:31 pm on Dec 13, 2001 (gmt 0)



Broadband is great in theory but woeful in practice. It has been the subject of extraordinary evangelism and hype over the last 10 years. Those promoting broadband have talked glowingly of everything from virtual reality to video on demand to interactive games to businesses zipping around megabytes of data in seconds.

What the broadband industry and its promoters have signally failed to recognize is the cost of providing such broadband access at the existing level of demand. The basic reality is that it is currently too expensive to provide broadband. Broadband gives you a Rolls-Royce Internet. The vast majority of us cannot afford that.

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GWJ

12:40 pm on Dec 14, 2001 (gmt 0)



Hi,

Cable here is $40.00 US a month. Before cable I had a second phone line, around $15.00 US a mmonth and an ISP for around $15.00 US a month. So the extra $10.00 US a month was a no brainer for me.

What I keep mulling over in my mind is, yeah virtual reality to video on demand to interactive games to businesses zipping around megabytes of data in seconds will be a reality but then you have everyone taking "advantage" of this to push more down the pipe. I never thought out the math but wouldn't it create a bottle neck again at some finite point in the future

or

if I make more money my monthly budget will gradually escalte to encompass that raise (as a paralell)?

Brian

 

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