Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, meet your new spokesperson, Time Warner Cable.
Google's trying to pave the high-speed cyber highway with its Google Fiber Internet service, which is currently only available to the lucky residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Time Warner Cable could follow suit if it wanted to -- after all, it's already serving incredibly high-speed Internet service to businesses -- but the reason it isn't pursuing 1Gbps Internet service to consumers at this time is because, well, they don't want it.
In terms of the total number of residential and commercial broadband subscribers, Time Warner Cable ranks as the third largest ISP in the United States, And in terms of high-speed subscribers, Time Warner said it just recently hopped over the 10 million subscribers mark. That might sound like reason to celebrate if you have a vested interest in Time Warner, but is everything as rosy as it seems?
Tennessee is already home to the Grand Ole Opry, and now it's going to be home to the fastest broadband service for both residential and business customers in the entire United States. It's all thanks to Alcatel-Lucent, which today announced its 1 Gigabit service is now available citywide in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband," said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today's innovations and tomorrow's companies."
The 1Gpbs service is 10 times faster and 10 years ahead of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, which calls for 100Mbps (how quaint) speeds for 260 million homes by 2020. It's also 200 times faster than the current national download speed average.
Speeds this fast don't come cheap, however. Pricing starts at $350/month for the new 1Gbps speed tier, with discounted options available for TV and/or phone service bundles.
How much would you be willing to pay for 1Gpbs service? Hit the jump and sound off!
You won't find any sissies in Clearwire's camp preaching about keeping expectations low and hopes high, or however the saying goes. We're bigger fans of Vince Lombardi's words of wisdom, like the one that asks "If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?"
Perhaps Clearwire feels the same way, because when the company conducts its 4G LTE technology trials later this year, they're not merely hoping for favorable results, Clearwire "expects [the trials] to yield unmatched wireless speeds in the U.S."
"Clearwire’s unmatched spectrum and all-IP network make us the only service provider in the U.S. able to conduct tests of this nature and on this scale," said Dr. John Saw, Clearwire’s chief technology officer. "As we have consistently stated, we remain technology agnostic, but WiMAX provides us with unique advantages to meet the needs of our customers today. Ultimately, consumers don’t care about technical acronyms, but they do care about quality and affordable Internet services that work where and when they want, and that's what we're focused on delivering. Part of our technical due diligence at Clearwire is to be prepared to leverage a number of possible opportunities as we future-proof our network, and that’s the goal of these tests."
Clearwire is certainly talking the talk, saying it fully expects the technical trials to show its 4G network using LTE technologies dominating what's available from any other operator. But can the company walk the walk? We'll find out soon enough, as the tests are expected to take place in the fall and throughout early 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.
We've seen some exciting upgrades in terms of broadband speed ceilings to fiber optic cable lines this past year, but it's not 'game over' for DSL, which apparently has some high-speed tricks up its sleeve, courtesy of Qwest.
Qwest today announced plans to offer high-speed DSL service in 23 markets over the next few months, with service up to 40Mbps. Some of these markets include Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Omaha, Phoenix, and Des Moines, Iowa.
Depending on where subscribers live in relation to the remote terminal, the full 40Mpbs won't be available to all of them, but Travis Leo, Qwest's DSL director, did promise that "almost all" will see at least 12Mbps speeds. Those who live closer to the remote terminal will see faster speeds.
One advantage Qwest's fiber-to-the-node rollout will have over most cable broadband services is much faster upstream speeds. Qwest says subscribers can expect up to 20Mbps upstream, whereas most cable subscribers are lucky to reach a fraction of that speed (there are exceptions, of course).
Packages start at $100 for the first 12 months for the new service when also packaged with home phone service.