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Cox Communications claims it is not "cherry picking" with 1Gbps deployment


Posted: September 19, 2014 by David Curry

Cox Communications is working on getting 1Gbps Internet speeds to Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha within the next year, with a full rollout into other states in 2016, this is one of many moves by ISPs to bridge the gap to Google Fiber.

A lot of people have said Cox is "cherry picking" their deployment of 1Gbps, like other ISPs. Unlike Google Fiber, which looks to connect whole "fiberhoods" at once, Cox and others are looking to connect only those with high income salary.

There are good reasons for approaching high-end developments first, it gives Cox less room for error. High-end developments tend to be owned by people who can and will pay for 1Gbps Internet, even paying a lot more for the extra speeds.

In places like Kansas City, where Google Fiber is based, the Internet adoption rate is one of the lowest in the country. Google has still managed to make this a profitable business effort though, to what extent is still unknown.

Cox's CTO Kevin T. Hart claims Cox's way of deployment is not cherry-picking though:

“But we’re not just trying to cherry-pick; we’re just trying to spread it out, and then continue with the 3.1 deployment."

The 1Gbps upgrade comes alongside Cox's deployment of 50Mbps and 100Mbps upgrades to their Preferred and Premier packages. Cox has been looking to expand their service nationwide, as they try to take on Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Head of FCC claims we should subsidize under 10Mbps


Posted: September 18, 2014 by David Curry

The Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, declared at yesterday at the U.S House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, revealed a new plan to stop developing any networks under 10Mbps.



This comes in cohesion with Wheeler pushing a new definition of broadband, which needs to be over 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up. Changing the definition would block DSL providers from offering "broadband" packages.

Faster Internet




Wheeler said at the House of Representatives,

"When 60 percent of the Internet’s traffic at prime time is video, and it takes 4 or 5Mbps to deliver video, a 4Mbps connection isn’t exactly what’s necessary in the 21st century,"

It is nice to see Wheeler actually representing the consumer's ideas, instead of adhering to corporations. The new ideas still need to be discussed in the House of Representatives, but with the FCC backing it should happen.

Broadband companies are not happy with Wheelers decision, this limits the type of advertisement companies will be able to do. If they market broadband under 4Mbps, they will get fined by the FCC.
Crowd Control


This comes just days before the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger decision will be made, the FCC and DOJ has a hand in the decision. The huge amount of negative citizen response to the merger makes us believe FCC will decline it, but we aren't sure.

Tom Wheeler could be bringing these issues to fruition simply to cull the storm, which will come after the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is agreed. We are not sure how well this crowd control tactic will work.

This still allows pretty poor 15/20Mbps download speeds to be considered "broadband", in modern day homes, where a smartphone, computer, laptop and gaming console might all connect to the Internet at the same time, this just doesn't seem good enough.