Bandwidth envy

Bandwidth envy

: David Isenberg, who knows whereof he snarks when it comes to telecom, responds to my spectrum lust.

(If the telcos wanted to, they could do 600 times faster for about the same price.)

(Cable itself is poised to run 600 times faster than cable. Like dude? Moore’s Law?)

(Oh, right, I forgot that without scarcity there’ll be nothing to sell.)

  • Andy

    Without cash flow there is no return on investment. Building a dark fiber network does not get the investors excited or bring them back for more. It ain’t what they signed up for.
    Light up the dark fiber and get the cash flowing. Lowered costs will spur innovation create new products and new demands. Competitors will bid up cost of spectrum and follow innovation to new market. Innovator premium erodes.
    Telco’s have to stop thinking of themselves as technology companies. They are to technology as concrete highway is to automobile industry. Limiting the highway to red two-seaters makes the highway very expensive.
    Artificial shortages usually end up in bankruptcy court. Innovation bypasses shortage by creating a better value proposition to a larger market.

  • Hey Jeff, to feed your envy…
    I live in Paris now, and here’s what I get for my 30 Euros per month: 6mbps downstream, 1mbps upstream. 100 channels of cable television VIA DSL, and free national phone calls VIA DSL, at no additional charge.
    A year ago, when I signed up, it was just 2mbps downstream with no TV, but for the same price. The market here is in a bandwidth war, with each ISP consistently raising the ante. Bandwidth go up, price stay same.
    Also, I pay absolutely zero to the former national phone monopoly, France Telecom, for a land line — the DSL is completely independent of a land line (which is rendered unnecessary by the free national phone calls).
    It’s not South Korea bandwidth, but it’s a helluva lot more for a helluva lot less than in the USA.