I reported the Google typo yesterday and it has been fixed now, Mbps it is. No change to their “free” tier of service though, so 5Mbps it is. I got a lot of feedback on my “negativity” over this, both on the neighborhood forum, the comment below, and via personal email. And yes, being able to pay the $300 fee in installments is a good break. So it looks correct, 5Mbps while useful, really isn’t good enough for a family except for email, facebook and infrequent youtube/netflx. TWC offer a comparable 6/1Mbps plan for $29+modem/wifi, taxes fees. < Which is … Continue reading Google corrects typo
Well Google fiber is on its way, they’ve sprayed marked across our front yards this week ready to install the vaults, most people don’t understand these will be buried in your front yard, after all fiber optic cable isn’t your parents cable. In other news, Google have announced the Austin pricing and service speeds, and I have to say, it’s pretty disappointing really. First up as seen in this screen capture, their website lists speeds in Mpbs. I work in the tech sector, heck I used to be a networking specialist, I admit I have no idea what Mpbs is. … Continue reading Google fiber disappoints on price
The cable industry is in turmoil, customers leaving in droves, and they are being squeezed at the content end and their costs for programming are soaring. It looks like Time Warner Cable is going to get divested, broken up, bought up merged, or something along those lines. Motley Fool posted this analysis that they are not expecting this to lower your bills. TIme Techland has a write-up on the new cable company promotion web site, “The hole saga” and the state of the cable industry. Author Harry McCraken speculates about the poor performance of the website “one loaded with so … Continue reading In Love with Cable?
This application of the City of Austin website indicates that google fiber is coming to my neighborhood, and specifically includes my block. I’m delighted although Google have yet to announce this, and I’ve not seen the pricing or terms and conditions, it can only be a good thing. Continue reading I have a choice, or will
The revolution will not be televised… but it’s coming. Continue reading The first honest cable company
Since my last post on the subject I’ve been diligently removing Time Warner Cable services. First up I cancelled Home Phone and Cable TV, installed a DISH package, and then over the weekend, I replaced my 2005 Time Warner Cable modem with a 2012 Netgear CMD31T cable modem. It took the “chat agent” a long time… to do what ever they do when you switch over and give them the MAC address for your new modem, but eventually came back and confirmed I could power off and disconnect their modem and connect mine. Everything appeared to go OK, but disappointment struck soon … Continue reading Stage 3 Time Warner Disconnect