reply to shrraga
Re: What's the Problem?
said by shrraga:I can hear the Verizon execs say: "Oh We can't have that, that would be unprofitable" and Repugs would say: "Communism"...
You consider Dial-up and Satellite internet? Try sharing either between a family of 4. Hughesnet costs $60 a month for 250 MB per day. That is a few youtube videos, per day. Dial-up is a much better value, at least most providers don't have data limits. Sure, the most you'll download per day is in the 130 MB range, but you only pay $10 for junk.
Good Internet is a necessity for most of our country's students, because of lots of online courses, homework which requires watching streaming media, and large program downloads. Just my Legit school work internet usage is in the 15GB/ month range which would cost me $130 on verizon's wireless network that they are shafting me on since it's so cheap for them, cheap enough that they are abandoning their DSL subscribers. Add in the 7 extra GB I use for my own stuff (hulu, netflix, etc) and I'm in the $200 range, just on my stuff. AT&T costs even more. Add the rest of the family, and we're in the $400 range per month, on crappy cellular internet.
"Basic Economics" would say that if something costs less to provide, the price to the end user should be less then the more expensive option. Since cellular networks are cheap enough that they are willing to abandon all of their landline customers, they should be charging $30 for unlimited everything.
My DSL(3M/768K) costs Me $32.83 a month via Dry Loop, Yeah Verizon owns the line and the CO, of course this in CA, We have a CPUC, abandonment most likely is not an option. My phone service is through Verizon wireless, but I'm looking at taking My phone service to Virgin Mobile in September as My contract runs out on September 15th 2012 and I'm tired of paying $43.57 for Verizon, when I can pay about $20.00 a month instead(same minutes). If I had to leave DSL, It would be TWC that I'd have to go to and My internet cost might double then.