Death knell for residential non-cable access?

trall at almaden.ibm.com trall at almaden.ibm.com
Wed Jun 16 20:02:21 UTC 1999



(I dropped domain-policy off of the distribution - this doesn't seem to have
anything to do with that topic.  And it may not be a good nanog topic either,
but here I go anyway.)

>    Type      bit-rate    Monthly    CKb
>    modems    33.6Kbps    ~$25US      $0.74US note:$25 telco + $0 ISP charges
>    modems    33.6Kbps    ~$34US      $1.01US note:$25 telco + $9 ISP charges
>    Cable     1024Kbps    ~$49US      $0.04US
>    DSL       1148Kbps    ~$600US     $0.52US
>    T1        1540Kbps    ~$2500US    $1.62US

I think Roeland is ignoring a couple of pretty important issues to many
customers:

1.  Many folks are almost completely price-driven.  A $25 service is preferred
over a $49 service, regardless of capacity issues.

2.  Some folks are very much part-time connectors.  They use their normal voice
line to talk to their ISP.  They don't consider the cost of the line as part of
the cost of the Ineternet connection.  So their ISP service costs them 9 or 19
dollars (or even 0, if we reach that point).

Tony Rall






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