Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy
The really curious thing is TWC in our market is largely fiber based... they did the "rip out the copper, run fiber" thing a decade ago. It was that "last mile" where they stopped (literally I know my connection is fiber to about 100 feet from my building, the rest is copper).
North of Columbia unless you mean the medical school, in which case, south. You are exactly right that they're running fiber between the head ends, the last mile, which in our case generally ends up being ~500 M, is copper. There really isn't a need to use SDV... at least not yet. And I'm glad for that.
IF they had started a decade ago to slowly run that "last mile" in glass, they'd have a lot of the city covered with fiber to the home.
Yes, but you have to admit that they were amazingly quick in converting all of Manhattan and its aging, rabbit warren substructure. Though, I bet TWC is making a killing with their ISP service. And I know of a number of people who have dumped Verizon's voice service opting for TWC's Triple Play or ditched land land service altogether. I bet some bean counters were quick to figure out the wisdom of a rapid conversion. So, to those apologists saying, "You can't rip out old infrastructure." Well, yes, you can.
As for the marketing, therein lies what I see as a major issue. Every day, I see tons of TV ads for FiOS. My "guesstimate" is that 75-80% of them who see the ads can NOT get service. DUMB. They should have gotten to at least a 65% wired before dumping the millions in advertising.
New York has always been a weird market for TWC. A lot of affluent first adopters mixed with people you can't afford cable basic.
Yeah, and the presumptive "dumb" cable guy in those FIOS commercials..., I kinda feel sorry for him. Not that the telco people appear to be any smarter. Or maybe I'm sentimental for those halcyon days when Ma Bell wore neat uniforms and appeared to know what they were doing. Every time Verizon is in the building I pepper them with questions abuot FIOS. Their answer is always the same: "It's coming soon." Yeah, right.
I do sorta miss the lack of VOD when I dumped TWC's boxes and their monthly fees. That's why I'm jazzed about the FCC CableCard mandate vis-a-vie IP. I can't imagine the cable companies laying down on this one. They'll whine and whimper, dropping crocodile tears on the shoulders of Congress. Comcast just won a huge court decision regarding Net Neutrality. Maybe, they'll turn their efforts to fending off Net Neutrality legislation that's surely coming down the pike and won't bother their pretty little heads with mandates of IP to the head end.