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[Discuss] data caps

Just the other day Comcast showed up in my neighborhood in West
Cambridge stringing new fiber cable up and down the street.  It makes
sense for Comcast to move towards a non-shared-bandwidth model to
compete with FIOS.

> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:50:09 -0500
> From: Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at>
> To: discuss at
> Subject: Re: [Discuss] data caps
> Message-ID: <20130122115009.00003f41 at unknown>
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> On Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:46:46 +0000
> "Edward Ned Harvey (blu)" <blu at> wrote:
>> If your objection to cable is the business/marketing model, Fios is
>> no better.  They *are* the cable company.  Just like comcast, rcn,
>> etc.  Which we used before fios.
> This is accurate from the business and marketing perspective. But at
> least it's competition where both cable and fibre are available. At
> least on paper. I noted that in the year before my condo complex
> brought in FiOS the quality of service and customer service from
> Comcast diminished considerably. There's a degree of apathy at Comcast.
> They don't seem to care if, for example, their wiring infrastructure is
> exposed to the weather. Verizon is more convincing about pretending to
> care about reliability and customer service.
> The technical differences are like night and day. Cable bandwidth is
> shared. That is, every subscriber in a "neighborhood" shares a single
> pipe. Which is fine sometimes and terrible sometimes. FiOS, like DSL,
> is a private link out to the CO. If I do saturate my 25 Mbit link
> downloading a major Guild Wars 2 update then it doesn't affect my
> neighbors' service.
> --
> Rich P.

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