Time Warner says there is no demand for residential gigabit Internet

By Shawn Knight
Feb 27, 2013
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  1. Google made headlines last summer when they powered up their first self-built gigabit Internet service available exclusively to lucky Kansas City residents. While enthusiasts around the country remain envious of the 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds that locals have...

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  2. "if Google finds applications that require such speeds and there’s a need for it, they would build their product base to deliver it as well."

    Torrent.
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  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Ok so basically Time Warner is doing our thinking and wanting for us? I know plenty of ppl who would kill for even half that speed. I believe that Time Warner needs to stop trying to be a god and just spend the cash and upgrade their system so they can provide those speeds to their customers. As for Google, I can only hope that Google has seen how happy the ppl in KC are with their service and speeds and decides to give the rest of America some of that love.
    BlueDrake likes this.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 203   +24

    Given my experience with the monopoly called "Time Warner" in my area, this is simply another way of saying "We are making sht loads of money now, and have no interest in investing in higher speed internet because it will reduce our profits for years and our customers will not pay extra for it; however, we cannot say that to the general public, so we will blame the lack of interest in gigabit internet on our customers since that lets us off the hook."

    Middle finger up to Time Warner. When the opportunity arises, I will dump them. In our area, they are a monopoly due to town/city franchising, and they also seem to feel that gives them the right to abuse their customers.
    m4a4, Wendig0 and BlueDrake like this.
  5. There needs to be a survey given to see who whould be interested in gigabit internet. I would leave time warner in a heart beat, for another company in my area who offered faster internet speed at a affordable price.
  6. Scshadow

    Scshadow TechSpot Maniac Posts: 333   +31

    If you build it, they will come. The possibilities are endless. Really, the history of laughable quotes from some of the most visionary figures in tech history should really indicate a pattern... We can always do more, with more.
    mikeusru likes this.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    For all those ppl that feel that they are trapped by lack of ISP providers in their area. GO CELLULAR!! There are MANY prepaid services that you can get that would allow you to get online w/o having to go through Time Warner. I would suggest you either check with your cell phone provider or check out Virgin Moble. Virgin has a unlimited 4G package at $55.00. Just food for thought.
  8. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 187   +40

    The joke honestly is.. we charge so much for these speeds, so we apparently can tell what people want ahead of time. If the prices were really so low, people would snap it up instantly. There's no reason to ignore likely high interest in those speeds, just would rather charge a pretty penny though.

    I'd totally snap my fingers, to get faster internet if it worked. They say it can be done, but where's the actual motivation? Oh right.. their personal polls, that nobody but them can see. "They are already delivering speeds of 1 gigabit to business customers." Well it looks to them it's more interest on money in the end, then actually giving customers a worthwhile rate/price ratio.

    I'm able to get a 15/10 speed at best, from my ISP and really that's about it. Sure I can jump ship to cable, but the hassle isn't worth it IMHO. Room for internet in terms of home layout, just isn't viable in terms of anything. Also the prices / rates are terrible here in Canada, making it feel like a black hole for internet sometimes.
  9. The demand is always there for top speeds. The demand is NOT there for ISPs to price their top speeds over $50/mo in most cases. I am not willing to pay $100/mo for 1Gbps internet speed. Another thing to consider is this sham of monthly data caps. Why would I want a 1Gbps download speed when the data cap will run out in no time if the connection is fully utilized?
  10. mccartercar

    mccartercar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 111   +15

    Id rather have affordable speeds. Right now I pay 45/mo for 1.5mbps from my local cable provider.
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

    We pay $60-70/mth for barely 10Mbit connections. :D Hahaha.
     
  12. mikeusru

    mikeusru Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    You said it, man. And there is already plenty which companies want to do (think OnLive in 4k!!), but are limited by the fact that everyone has poor connections. wah wah.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,412   +281

    I'd just be happy if my ISP offered upload speeds greater than 1/16th of what my download speeds are.
  14. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 670   +202

    When you get throttled to 1/10th your actual speed for using 2gb of your "unlimited" plan, its not unlimited.
  15. Wow at those speeds imagine the prOn!
  16. Jcanno0759

    Jcanno0759 Newcomer, in training

    BS. Would love faster Internet
  17. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    There's obviously some demand, but it's incredibly limited. Most devices that people own would be a bottleneck at the moment anyways. There needs to be a road map for it to be available in the future though.
  18. Wizz-Fizz

    Wizz-Fizz Newcomer, in training Posts: 35   +11

    I would happily have Gbit to the house.
    The only problem I see is the severely chocked offshore routers out of Australia will still be severely chocked making the increase in performance onshore

    Secondly, the price we would be charged for the service would prohibit uptake of this service anyway

    So in saying that "Residential customers reportedly have shown little interest in their top tier Internet package." is a statement on the interest of paying the cost, not the interest speed of the service.
     
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,762   +1,422

    Why don't they quit worrying about the top end and raise the bottom end. It would be nice if the bottom end was raised to 10Mbit worldwide.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  20. Yeah there is no demand from them because of the ridiculous price it would cost.
  21. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    Personally... Download speeds of 1GB would be cool but I barely make use of the 10mb that I currently have. The one thing I would like to see improved would be the upload speed. I'm not interested in torrents or "sharing" my media/data to the world but would love the increased upload speeds to better stream our personal media library to our devices (phones/tablets).
  22. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 941   +94

    1Gbit? Pfft, give us some decent 10-20mbit coverage and I'm good.

    When I first saw Rogers had 100mbit I was excited... until I saw the download cap was the same as the 10mbit option (250GB/mo). Not sure if that's how it is still being executed, but if it is, I don't want it.

    *update*
    Just looked and they have a 150mbit option with, you guessed it, 250GB/mo for $122cdn/mo. :|
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  23. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,806   +702

    What are you complaining about? That's what we pay for dial up.
  24. Yes, because getting 50-down/10-up for over $100/mth is completely worth it...makes sense.
  25. shamus087

    shamus087 Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    Okay, I demand 1 gigabit service. I also want the prices google does.

    So now there is a "Demand" get to it bitches.


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