Originally Posted by MrVociferous
Gotcha. Makes sense I suppose, start off at the place that requires the least amount of work. I look forward to them getting around to Middletown sometime in 2011 or 2012. Can't wait!
I think it will be sooner then that.
The real issue is that all of the places with lots of HD were not Comcast places to begin with. For a very long time Comcast had "spot" coverage in CT. It was not until they acquired AT&T Broadband (which was previously TCI) that they swallowed up most of the state.
In talking with various Comcast folks over the years, I was told that TCI was very aggressive in their technology upgrades and rollouts. When TCI was acquired by AT&T, this trend continued as the staff didn't change much. When AT&T was finally swallowed up by Comcast, many of the various upgrade projects were so far along that Comcast had no real choice but to finish them. Meanwhile, in the "original" Comcast areas, these upgrades were not even started.
With Comcast's pre-AT&T footprint in the area being what it was, they probably deemed it a very small market and did not devote a ton of attention (or budget) to it. However this has come back to bite them, as they now have a lot more real estate and a huge disparity among the various areas.
Having a virtual monopoly has helped Comcast drag their feet, but UVerse should help kick Comcast into gear a little more. Satellite pushing HD as hard and fast as they are also helps.
As an aside, the management and shareholders at AT&T must feel like a bunch of idiots. They sold AT&T Broadband only to basically rebuild it years later and compete with who they sold it to from the underdog position. Ouch!