Based on the latest neutrality comments I am still trying to understand if this commission is ignorant,
crooked, puppets or all of the above? You may need to hold a private meeting with AT&T or the other
telcom/MSOs to have them explain how the commission should respond.
Year after year major telco and the cable industry turn over record profits on the backs of consumers.
Your commission turns a blind eye to the current monopolistic landscape and refuses to even
acknowledge it. The industry has for years marketed unlimited broadband and then places limits
and/or barriers. They have routinely blocked, throttled, deep packet inspected, DNS redirected, and
setup road blocks at every turn to block innovation or anything they deem a threat to their current
outdated business model(s). They refuse to provide accurate broadband penetration data while at
the same time suing or filing paperwork to hamper municipalities who have become feed up with the
current status-Que and decide to build their own networks. When they are caught red handed the
FCC opens an inquiry and generally nothing else is done.
The latest push by consumers is to use the Internet for video purposes. Anyone of the telcoms or
MSOs could choose to innovate and be a fore-runner to the online video scene but because they do
not currently have a monopoly (with your help sir they are working on it) inside that landscape and
were late (due to their on greed), they instead have chosen to stifle and otherwise hamper other
companies attempts to provide the consumer a better service at a cheaper price. Yes, this service is
riding over the telcom/MSO pipes. Yes, some of these services require more bandwidth to the
consumers home. But wait, I already pay for this bandwidth. The telco/MSO have already sold both
sides of this transaction once. The government and consumers has already paid for the last mile
many times over. They have sold the content distributor Internet access at X speed which is
necessary to comply with the current consumer demand. They have also sold the consumer Internet
access at X speed to comply with the consumers demand. With this model they are turning over
record profits. However, the Internet video has the potential to take revenue from their video streams
so they are using the FCC to help stifle this current shift.
If the telco/MSO offer X speed then make them provide an average of X speed WITH NO CAPS. I
understand that the nature of the business requires over subscription. That model is not new and has
been around for many years. If they would like to place caps on the amount of data that can be
downloaded per month then the caps should be the speed sold, times the number of days in a month.
For instance one of the MSO?s currently offers ?High Speed Up To 7 Mbps?.
(7 / 8) * 1024 = 896kBps (it would take 1.14 seconds to download a one meg file)
1024 (1 meg file) / 896kBps = 1.14 seconds
so for a 24 hour period I have the potential to download:
kBps * seconds / 1024 = meg / 1024 = gig.
((896 * 86400) / 1024) / 1024 = 73.828125 megs or roughly 73 gigs per day.
While this is a unrealistic scenario this also represents how much they currently oversubscribe and
the amount of money they are gouging us for currently.
One U.S. company tried in 2009 to implement caps with an extremely low usage of 40GB for their
?standard? tier of ?Up To 7 Mbps?. While most users would not currently exceed this, it also shows
how the current business model is not content with the current record profits and is worried about the
possible ?cord-cutting? or Internet video taking revenue from other areas of their business. As more
users begin to utilize the speed they have been sold, the telco/MSO will need to update the
infrastructure to provide this. So lets break that math back down to see how long at the current
speeds it would take to reach your cap and have excessively priced overages charged.
40 gigs * 1024 = 40960 megs * 1024 = 41943040 kb / 896kBps = 46811 seconds or 13 hours at their
advertised speed of 7Mbps.
So wait... If if the data is capped at 40 gigs then what is the average speed they expect you not to
40gigs / 31days = 1.29 gigs per day * 1024 = 1321 megs per day / 24 hours = 55 megs per hour / 60
= .91 megs per minute / 60 = 15.66kBps.
So the reality is they are selling us a monthly average speed of 15.66kBps. Ok.... Wait.... If they are
wishing to move to a consumption model then the billing needs to look like your current utility bill such
as a water or electricity bill. This however is not what they want because most of their users are not
heavy consumers and as such would have much much lower bills. They want the best of both
Stop the private closed door meeting with telco/MSOs and allowing them to dictate policy. You
should be representing the consumers.
Force telco/MSOs to provide accurate bandwidth coverage maps. This causes problems for both
them and the administration due to the level of corruption and lies that continue to be the driving
factors of our policy making. Shows the current monopoly that everyone but the commission
Force telco/MSOs to either run consumption based or speed based billing not the bastardized plan
you just signaled you would sign off on.
Require the telco/MSOs to have free and open access to the Internet. No more blocking services,
VOIP, deep packet inspecting, targeted advertising, DNS redirecting etc...). If I want targeted
advertising, DNS redirecting, deep packet inspecting or throttled services let me go to the ISP?s site
and sign up for it. Revelation, you mean the general public doesn't really want these services after
all? Public ignorance as to how data flows should not dictate the amount of manipulation the
telco/MSOs are allowed to do.
Don?t even get me started on how you guys are currently botching the wireless industry.