Originally Posted by tenthplanet
I don't know, high speed internet costs (Be honest the price wars are never coming) are going to make people reconsider cord cutting. It will go the route of dvrs, most people who want to cut the cord have done it. Some people who never had cable only get internet access through their phones.
So here's the thing. That logic about 1TB data caps only applies to a very narrow segment of the user base for whom TV would push them over the 1TB limit. Considering that most of people's watching today is various forms of streaming anyway, that's a narrow niche. And not everyone who cuts the cord necessarily replaces 100% of their cable viewing with streaming viewing. They might view disc-based content, OTA, or do something else entirely. The base price of broadband is irrelevant, since you usually get 1TB bundled in with the broadband, regardless of whether you use it or not.
Consumers who don't have internet at home are generally not the customers who are paying the big bucks for pay TV. I just don't find the broadband cap/cost/whatever argument to hold any logical water except for a narrow set of circumstances, like someone who has the news on all day while they work and would blow up a 1TB limit that they otherwise don't get close to.
Originally Posted by sneals2000
Does anyone in the US have multiple ISPs both offering separate drops of actual fibre-to-the-home? (Rather than one offering internet over coax cable - using DOCSIS, the other using IP fibre, or DOCSIS over fibre?)
Yes, but not many. There are some AT&T Fiber/ Google Fiber overbuilds over some decent areas, some greenfield builds with Cox, Comcast, or Altice fiber, and then some one-off flukes like in my town, a local ISP is lighting up a good chunk of the town, and they have a little bit of overlap (read: a few streets) with Frontier's haphazard mostly-unfinished fiber mess. The only decent sized area with two fiber providers would be parts of Metro NY where FiOS is present and Altice decided to overbuild with fiber. There are a few areas with 2 cable providers and a fiber provider, not a large portion of the US by any means, but a number of towns around Metro Boston have that.
I doubt that many ISPs will invest in providing a second fibre option if a residential location already has saturated fibre connectivity from a dominant ISP already?
It depends on local laws for muni fiber providers, or MSOs choosing to move to FTTH.
(yep - 10Gbs is an option in some places now...)
We have a couple of areas with 10gbps, ironically from Frontier, which is generally a completely dysfunctional and totally inept company that often can't do the most basic of tasks that would normally be part of the job of running a telecom company.