Source: National Journal
quote: ISP companies are evil, I hate every one of them. Greedy bastards and the speed is nothing special, way down the list and very little access to remote(ish) areas of the US. It's all about money, people in the country can hardly get decent speeds.
quote: Everyone here knows I'm not a fan on the "stimulus"
quote: I think you're just using this as an excuse to America-bash as you so love to do
quote: To be fair, the US tried to plug a loss of 3.5 Trillion in consumer spending with about 500 Billion in stimulus.
quote: by Reclaimer77 on April 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM Everyone here knows I'm not a fan on the "stimulus", but I must ask, what are you smoking?? I think you're just using this as an excuse to America-bash as you so love to do. Go put another shrimp on the barbie, and stfu.
quote: The irony is, when the US entered recession, the government instead of spending trillions bailing out failing companies, could have instead built a fiber network instead. Which would have created more jobs and new business's (I.E. tons of E-Business's) much like how Australia went about it.
quote: The irony is, when the US entered recession, the government instead of spending trillions bailing out failing companies, could have instead built a fiber network instead.I just don't get it from a foreigners perspective.
quote: Just how many jobs (other than running fiber) do you really see this generating? Most people have more than enough speed to web browse, and stream video at SD resolutions, and a high percentage can stream HD. Past that, it's closer to luxury than a requirement. So I don't see the synergy you suggest.
quote: As for Jobs, well, the USA is a very vast place, relatively competitive to Australia in terms of land-area, they budgeted fiber for 98% of the population at roughly 50 billion AUD.Who knows what the initial job count would be, however in perspective you would need to hire a ton of contractors to dig out the cabling channels to put the cables underground, specialized vehicles for the laying of fiber which means more construction of machinery and the factories that support those.
quote: In Australia, 83% of the population live within 50km of the coast, and 86% live within an urban area. Also, it won't reach 98% of the population. It was only designed to reach 92% (basically just cover the cities and a few suburbs which would account for the 92%). It is now only expected to cover 22% of the population (not even going to reach every city), and will still cost 30 billion.
quote: Can't really complain too much, they're in it to make money, and they see high costs with low returns out here.
quote: The video only uses 1.1 MB/s...
quote: How is it that we have cities with 1gbps access and all of our rural areas are left with nothing.
quote: It's just that even though the Netflix service wants to use a far greater proportion of throughput than other traffic, Comcast is treating Netflix the same as all other traffic. That doesn't work out well for Netflix, especially since they flipped a switch this year which tries to push out everything at ~1080p, which in this case made everyone's service degrade because the pipes didn't get any bigger.
quote: I am an avid Netflix supporter -- a fan -- and a fervent hater of the way telecom is done here. I hate this stuff as much as anyone. But we need to face facts here, too. Comcast is not blocking anything, and they're not charging for anything that's crazy to charge for. Netflix needed more throughput than they were previously paying for, so they paid more for more. It's actually a pretty straightforward situation.
quote: In effect they're showing everyone and FCC that there are solutions in the marketplace to resolve this and thus the law is no longer needed.