Originally Posted by bicker1
We saw the fiber installed past our home two years ago. They're simply cherry-picking: High revenue potential and low cost for the last 100 yards of installation are their apparent metrics. The won't provide time-frames or any level of assurance that they'll eventually offer service in every neighborhood, despite a half dozen inquiries I've made.
I made my comment vague because I don't know if FIOS is requred to eventually serve every home like cable is. Like I said, it could be that they are cherry-picking right now to get the most revenue, but the rule to serve all homes might be the same for them as it is for cable.
And, I don't mind so much that they are being given breaks by the FCC to get them in the ballgame, I just wish the FCC (i.e., Martin) would admit that what he is doing is blatantly unfair to cable and is forcing cable to compete on a playing field that is not level. I don't know about Comcast, sounds like a very lousy company, but I don't know that any cableco could have foreseen what the FCC is doing re FIOS while still bogging cable down with archaic analog rules that don't apply to FIOS or sat.
I also think cable expected DirecTV to have more capacity, but I think they missed the boat on how quickly cablenets would convert to HD broadcasts. It doesn't matter muchg to subs where or not the contect is actually HD, all they see if DirecTV offering a boatload of HD channels whereas cable is temporarily limited by bandwidth.
I also understand putting pressure on cable to move as quickly as possible to catch up, but as someone else mentioned, some of the needed hardware/software has not been readily available until relatively recently and is pretty expensive. And, it does take time, time that cable may have misjudged. But, the fact that DirecTV has jumped out in front for the time being is just business as usual in what I believe is a leapfrog technology. When cable gets the bandwidth and channels in place, they will again go into the lead as the overall communications service (TV, internet, and phone) provider for many people. When that happens later this year (at least for some of us with other cablecos), some of those HD channels DirecTV subs boast about may actually offer HD content.