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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen 129

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-buy-the-cow-when-you-can-pretend-you-have-a-cow dept.
Yesterday AT&T announced it would examine 100 cities and municipalities in the U.S., including 21 metropolitan areas, for introduction of gigabit fiber. Taken on its face, the announcement is the company's response to Google Fiber. But many were quick to note AT&T has promised nothing. Karl Bode at DSLReports went so far as to call AT&T's announcement a giant bluff. "Ever since Google Fiber came on the scene, AT&T's response has been highly theatrical in nature. What AT&T would have the press and public believe is that they're engaged in a massive new deployment of fiber to the home service. What's actually happening is that AT&T is upgrading a few high-end developments where fiber was already in the ground (these users were previously capped at DSL speeds) and pretending it's a serious expansion of fixed-line broadband. It's not. At the same time AT&T is promising a massive expansion in fixed line broadband, they're telling investors they aren't spending much money on the initiative, because they aren't. AT&T's focus is on more profitable wireless. 'Gigapower' is a show pony designed to help the company pretend they're not being outmaneuvered in their core business by a search engine company."
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

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  • by DMJC (682799) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @01:49PM (#46816691)
    I applaud Google for actually fixing the problem in the USA. It serves AT&T and the other telco companies in America right, for taking $200 billion of government money and delivering nothing for it.
  • by dloyer (547728) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @02:32PM (#46817027)

    Verizon Fios works great... As long as you dont want to watch Netflix...

    If you actually want to make use of all those megabits you bought, then well...

    Our Netflix has been rebuffing more and more, even with a direct wired connection between the player and the router.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @03:56PM (#46817809)

    Google is only offering Fiber in High density Urban areas. Most of the customers in those areas already had access to 15mb > service. The problem is the other 99.9% of the country that lives in areas that are less dense and therefor incredibly expensive to serve.

    If you're going to bash a legitimate attempt to introduce a modicum of competition to US broadband, you should at least use credible numbers. By concentrating on urbanized areas, Google is ignoring almost 20% of the country.

    If you want to live 20 miles from the nearest intersection, low bandwidth may be one of the sacrifices you have to make.

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