Verizon is criminal of a lot of anti-consumer activity, but one of the worst crimes (and Verizon aren’t the only ISP) is telling customers what they do and don’t need, regardless of offering the choice.
Time Warner Cable was the first to sprout this complaint – claiming users don’t want high-speed fiber, despite evidence of Google Fiber’s growth showing customers want to buy into 1Gbps Internet.
CenturyLink has also opted into this sort of idea, that they know better than consumers. We wouldn’t be surprised if Comcast felt the same way, although they have never said anything publicly on the matter.
“You Don’t Need It”
It is a rather remarkable statement, almost like Amazon saying you don’t need 1 day delivery or YouTube saying you don’t need 4K video – it is not for everyone, but for the vast majority of Internet savvy people, 1Gbps Internet is the future.
Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo said at a conference at Wells Fargo 2014 Tech that while the company could deploy 1Gbps, showing they have the infrastructure in place, customers do not need that speed.
Irrelevant of the fact having more speed is always a good thing, even in excessive amounts, this is such an age-old argument made by wireless and cable companies, to maximize their profits.
Having lower speeds means less maintenance and infrastructure upgrades, and U.S. ISPs are fine with working on copper wire and other last generation wires, instead of opting for high-speed fiber optic.
Some ISPs are looking towards the future. AT&T announced 300Mbps and 1Gbps markets coming in 2014 and 2015, although they recently stopped investing, due to net neutrality laws.
Cox Communications is also rolling out 1Gbps and 100Mbps networks to customers nationwide.
Their efforts go alongside the thousands of activists for municipal broadband, who want to add 1Gbps Internet to their cities.