I’ll have to thank a certain “PhaTTBoi”:http://home.mindspring.com/~paulsc/phatt.html for turning me on to cable internet. After the recent upgrades, speed is sizzling, and I’m paying less than I was for DSL, and it’s way more stable.
!http://www.elburro.net/6megts.jpg(Traffic Shaped 6 megs)!
According to this “article”:http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12717163~mode=flat
Comcast is working on 100 mbps connections, and so is Verizon and I think I read that Bellsouth is laying fibre all over the place for similar connectivity.
Yet, in the article it acknowledges:
“Just who would need a 100-megabit home Internet connection — and what customers would do with it — is a huge question, given that 60 percent of current dial-up customers aren’t even considering switching to broadband because they see no compelling advantage, according to a national survey by Horowitz Associates, a Larchmont, N.Y., cable consulting firm.”
At this point, I’m not even sure what I want to do with 6 megs. The few 75 – 100 meg downloads I pull in are fast enough to make my head spin, and web pages load faster, but it still takes just as long to read the content. I don’t seem to be any smarter than I was last month.
Video downloads? Illegal copies of “Dawn of the Dead” and “Charley’s Angels, the Movie”….no thanks. Music? Okay, I’m real happy with the net radio stations that you can pick from at “Shoutcast”:http://www.shoutcast.com/. And since I’m a baseball fan, and the new “home of the Braves” (640 am)
cuts back it’s power after sundown leaving me nothing but static out here in Kennesaw…..I decided to look into the net version of “XM Radio”:http://www.xmradio.com/, which is carrying 162 games per year, per team. They have a three day trial for the net version. Unfortunately, some of the programming “is not yet licensed to air over the web”. Is MLB part of the programming that won’t air? Oh well, what was there, a bunch of all genre music stations, complete with laid back human “70’s type” djs, it was mostly pretty good, and came in great over 6.6 broadband. I even tried a few voip phone calls while streaming music, expecting stuttering reception. Instead it was clear as a bell. Okay, so 6.6 is worth it for the music alone. As long as I’m paying less than for DSL.
All I know is, when it took so long to see the whitehouse.gov page on a 9600 baud modem in 1994 (after 10 minutes, Bill’s picture had loaded and Hillary was starting to come down), 56k modems a couple years later made my head spin. 1.5 mbps DSL back in ’99, that made my head spin. 6 megs today? Eh.
I guess when IPTV hits, I’ll be able to continue watching the 6 stations I watch now and say, “wow, 10,000 channels! Do I have choice now!” I’ll still be watching just the 6 channels, but I can go “Wow!” That should be worth something, as long as I don’t have to pay extra.