Originally Posted by griffon2k
Interesting, who do you work for?
I work for Cox Communications.
I am a Telecom consultant & a independent Master Agent with literally dozens of carriers.
Based on where the customers is physically located & who the RBOC [Regional Bell Operating Company] is &/or Cable Operator is in that specific market.
Here in the TampaBay area I am usually vending access on Verizon [Legacy GTE] & TimeWarner / BrightHouse. This is just for the last mile, for the LD I cross connect to Verizon [Legacy MCI], Qwest, AT&T, Sprint, Global Crossing etc...For the internet I use Verizon [UUNet], Qwest, Level3 / Broadwing / WilTel, TimeWarner etc...
I use the same method any where in the US. IE: If I get a lead in the Qwest / USWest region I do the same thing...a lead in the Verizon [Legacy BellAtlantic region] or BellSouth or AT&T / SBC / Ameritech, PacBell, NevadaBell, SNET etc...and cable operators like Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, BrightHouse, CableVision etc...
I sell throughout the US & originate off-shore. From India, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Mexico & the Dominican Republic. All off-shore is either VOIP or IPL [International Private Line]
I focus on call centers.
We use the Cable Operators network as an alternative to the RBOC when the last mile is just to expensive. [AT&T for example...they are to expensive so we go around for the T1 / DS3 / OC3 / OC12 / Gig-E local loop] so we connect VIA the cable operators local network & cross connect VIA tandem with as few HOPS as possible. Sometimes the customers location is just closer to the Cable Operators POP then to the RBOCs POP.
That's why I know that no cable operator or telco has the [on-demand] last mile capacity for this to happen in any volume.
For Comcast to deliver [residentially] 100mbps it is like bonding 2 DS3s [a DS3 is a 45 mbps connection] and 6 T1s [a T1 is 1.54 mbps] as there are no 100MBPS flat loop or port connections, only the bonded pipes I described above or an OC3 which is 3 DS3s or a 135 mbps connection. Ethernet connections start at 1GB.
There is just no way to deliver the content @ 100MBPS or greater to residential accounts.