Would *you* pay the $20 cost to get 160mbps internet at home?
Read an article just now in the New York Times. It seems that there is a very interesting offering being delivered in Japan that makes it all the more apparent that the cable companies are purposely limiting broadband speeds from what I (and many others) believe is a strategic attempt to protect their cable TV delivery franchises by limiting video, TV and movie delivery over the internet.
J:Com, a Japanese cable company (with TV, net and telephony services), is delivering 160mbps internet service at a cost to J:Com of network upgrades of $20 per home!
At my office, I have Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 service that runs at 50mbps download speed and 10mbps upload speed. While blazingly fast compared to the 16mbps down/2mbps up speed I have at home, it took an installer over an hour to hook up the Cisco box (about the size of an audio receiver) and the modem. Apparently J:Com’s service requires just a modem which is a self-upgrade (they just ship you the modem or you pick it up at one of their stores).
- J:Com’s pricing for the 160mbps download and 10mbps upload is 6,000 YEN (US$60) per month with no bandwidth cap.
- Comcast’s pricing for the 50mbps download and 10mbps upload is US$139.95. A 250GB monthly bandwidth cap is in force, regardless of which Comcast tier of service you buy.
Makes you wonder about the slow upgrading of current US cable networks — especially if it really is as cheap as $20 per home like the article states — which makes my tinfoil hat paranoid assumption (that the cable companies are protecting their TV delivery franchises over the public good as I stated in this post) all the more valid.
By Saul Hansell
If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here’s a statistic that will make heart race. Or your
blood boil. Or both.
Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world is the 160-megabit-per-second service offered by J:Com, the largest cable company in Japan. Here’s how much the company had to invest to upgrade its network to provide that speed: $20 per home passed.
Read the full article here.
About Steve Borsch
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.