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  • Watch out Time Warner Customers

    I heard that Time Warner was going to test charging by the kB for broadband access. Their first trial is in Beaumont TX with the hopes of rolling it out on a broader basis.

    This doesn't sound good.

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    Yup. Though at least as far as the trial is concerned, it's only for new accounts; existing customers remain on the flat-rate plan. Just make sure not to move anytime soon...

    http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/arch...r_bandw_1.html

    Makes me wonder if we'll see a 'clash of the titans' of sorts in the near term -- on the one hand, you have ISPs like TimeWarner or Comcast (who reportedly already have the same capability), and on the other hand you have a lot of new applications and business models that involve increased data transfers and bandwidth requirements. VoIP and video conferencing, anyone? Streaming video rentals from Netflix? Their management must panic when their new revenue stream potentially gets killed before it has a chance to take off...
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    • #3
      Looks like TW is trying to drive new broadband customers to DSL.
      Chris



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      • #4
        Who's Time Warner??? We have Comcast now in Houston. :nonono: That's why I got Direct TV.


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        • #5
          I hate Time Warner with a bloody passion. It's one more reason why I was so thrilled to move to Hyde Park, where I can get Grande (who has a very limited service area). I had a few hiccups during installation, but it's been flawless ever since.
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          • #6
            I'm in TW's service area, but still don't need them. DishTV + AT&T DSL make a great combo.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by asnbanker View Post
              Who's Time Warner??? We have Comcast now in Houston. :nonono: That's why I got Direct TV.
              meh, since comcast took over , their on demand options increased dramatically and so did the HD channels i think were getting about 30 or a lil more hd channels now ... i hate satellite cause it always looses signal during rain.. and we all know how the houston weather is like

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              • #8
                Not to worry, the great "telecommunications meltdown" is coming. This is just the beginning....
                http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...45FCBB5D25C%7D

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                • #9
                  I miss my FiOs! TW has terrible customer service.

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                  • #10
                    I haven't lost signal once in the last 9 months I have had Sat. I also have 85 HD channels and that doesn't include the HD Premium channels or the HD sports channels. I have over 100 HD channels and at the same price as cable.



                    Originally posted by ScorpioXI View Post
                    meh, since comcast took over , their on demand options increased dramatically and so did the HD channels i think were getting about 30 or a lil more hd channels now ... i hate satellite cause it always looses signal during rain.. and we all know how the houston weather is like


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                    • #11
                      Alex has the newer "wide" dish which has a higher gain than the round dish and is less subject to rain fade.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kraemer007 View Post
                        Not to worry, the great "telecommunications meltdown" is coming. This is just the beginning....
                        http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...45FCBB5D25C%7D
                        I wouldn't quite call that a melt down. It is just a new CEO making his mark and making the board feel good about the ludicrous number of options they gave him. (which increase in value when he cuts cost)

                        However, Kraemer, you are always welcome back at AT&T.

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                        • #13
                          No signal loss problems w/ my dish ex. in the very heaviest rains . When it does happen (very infrequently), I just catch up on all the programming on my HD DVR that I never have time to watch.

                          Kraemer, you're beginning to look like the boy who cried wolf. Sprint-Nextel's problems are related to (a) the wireless market and (b) to their lack of competitiveness in that market; not the market as a whole. I don't follow the telecom industry very closely, but there's plenty of $$$ flowing into it. You just have to offer products and services people want, and not over-invest in infrastructure & acquisitions.
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                          • #14
                            Chris I don't agree. I think after the spectrum auction next week, you will see the beginnings of a serious power play. There will be some winners and some losers will be ripe for takeover.....

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                            • #15
                              Here is what people think of why Sprint is sucking:
                              http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/18/p...g-with-sprint/

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kraemer007 View Post
                                Chris I don't agree. I think after the spectrum auction next week, you will see the beginnings of a serious power play. There will be some winners and some losers will be ripe for takeover.....
                                Sure, there will be winners and losers. It's only natural...but the industry generates serious cashflow, so I don't think it's fair to characterize it being on the verge of a meltdown based on the performance of a weak, relatively undiversified player's problems.

                                "Meltdown" describes the mortgage industry, but telecom doesn't have near the same level of distress - they already had their meltdown 6 or 7 years ago.
                                Chris



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                                • #17
                                  I agree with Chris. Meltdown seems a bit overstated.

                                  Things are much more precarious at the wireless chip companies than at the carriers. (look at RFMD & SWKS over the last week) #1 in the space lost 25% of its value. #2 in the space went up 15%.

                                  With some exceptions, the carriers seem to be doing fine. Of course, there are always companies that struggle within an area.

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                                  • #18
                                    One reason my company hasn't gotten into the mobile phone business - the lion's share of the $$$ go to the carriers vs. the hardware providers.
                                    Chris



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                                    • #19
                                      BTW, I just took a look at Sprint's financial's. They were profitable in 05 & 06 and it looks like they will be profitable for 07 (just less).

                                      Far from a meltdown. If you want to see true misery then look at the semiconductor business.

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                                      • #20
                                        You influenced me to look, and I couldn't find any red ink.

                                        http://library.corporate-ir.net/libr...30AM12-3v2.pdf

                                        Sure, they have opportunity to improve their operations, but meltdown? LOL
                                        Chris



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