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  • Wall Street Analysts Say Musk's Starlink Poses No Real Threat To Traditional Broadband

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    egftechman ( profile ), 09 Apr, 2021 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Depends on context

    Just saw where T-mobile is rolling out 5G "home" internet for $60/month for 100 Mbps...so Starlink will only be a major player where there is limited availability of other services...

  • Wall Street Analysts Say Musk's Starlink Poses No Real Threat To Traditional Broadband

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    egftechman ( profile ), 09 Apr, 2021 @ 08:10am

    Depends on context

    Yes, Starlink is of little competition to the traditional urban cable cos and wireline carriers, who are generally in a position to offer multi Gbps service with small latency about the same cost. Starlink might be a little more disruptive to cellular carriers for fixed service, the cellular carriers will have to make sure their data rates stay competitive. It will be a lot more disruptive for remote WISPs and telcos, many of whom struggle to provide even 10Mbps to their customers now and have to charge higher rates just to cover costs (when you have less than one customer per mile of line, the costs doesn't get spread out), although wouldn't surprise me to see some WISPs try to use Starlink as a site backhaul.... The biggest disruption might be for services live VSAT when used for things like remote telemetry. VPN over Starlink would be much cheaper to install and a bit cheaper for service, also no longer would have to orient sites to have clear southern exposure, etc.

  • Another Report Shows US Consumers Don't Get The Broadband Speeds They Pay For

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    egftechman ( profile ), 26 Feb, 2021 @ 12:27pm

    Re: Re: Make sense

    How many cable systems have 10Gbps DOCSIS?

  • Another Report Shows US Consumers Don't Get The Broadband Speeds They Pay For

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    egftechman ( profile ), 26 Feb, 2021 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re: Make sense

    Maybe the cable companies should move all their video to IPTV...Filling coax with 750MHz of continuous content where 690 MHz of it is not being watched on a cable segment limits the amount of bandwidth that can be used for IP...allow the full coax bandwidth be used for IP, and deliver TV service by multicast with well engineered IGMP and multicast routing.

  • Another Report Shows US Consumers Don't Get The Broadband Speeds They Pay For

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    egftechman ( profile ), 26 Feb, 2021 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Check you Number of connections

    So, there is link aggregation somewhere along the way...

  • Another Report Shows US Consumers Don't Get The Broadband Speeds They Pay For

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    egftechman ( profile ), 25 Feb, 2021 @ 03:00pm

    Make sense

    DSL you're getting a dedicated connection to the DSLAM. *PON fiber and cable you're sharing a channel with all the other users in your area

  • Adding To Its Long List Of Arrested Deputies, Polk County Sheriff Arrests Deputy For Capitol-Related Threats

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    egftechman ( profile ), 22 Jan, 2021 @ 12:58pm

    Re: Re: Polk County, Where?

    I live in Polk County, Minnesota....Thought it was a local story at first

  • Parler Attempting to Come Back Online, Still Insisting The Site's Motivation Is 'Privacy' Despite Leaking Details On All Its Users

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    egftechman ( profile ), 20 Jan, 2021 @ 06:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Dangerous to monitor

    What is ID validation process? One can hang out around college campuses and find many photo ID makers...Through careful VPN usage and location faking, one could hide themselves pretty well..

  • FCC Takes A Break From Not Caring About Consumers To Hassle Some Landlords Over Pirate Radio

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    egftechman ( profile ), 04 Jan, 2021 @ 08:03am

    Poor argument

    Most of the pirates I hear around my area are broadcasting Alex Jones, hardly serving the community, and they are interfering with licensed broadcasters - with the proliferation of FM translators rebroadcasting HD-x or AM signals now in addition to LPFMs, there really is very little spectrum left, and transmitting on nearly any frequency is interfering with the fringe reception of another LICENSED user. What should have happened was after the DTV conversion in 2009 and the low band VHF TV channels were mostly abandoned, TV channel 6 should have been reallocated to some sort of community radio (LPFM like) service with easier licensing requirements.. for worldwide compatibility, most FM radio RF decks and chipsets are capable of going down to 76MHz, so it would mostly be firmware changes for "USA mode" on modern microcontroller based tuners. Property owners can be normally be held liable for activity occurring on their property if they take no action to stop it...Authorities can do the same for them if there is a meth lab on their property and the property owners protect it.

  • Comcast Expands Its Bullshit Usage Caps…In The Middle Of A Pandemic

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    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Nov, 2020 @ 02:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Maybe treat it like every utility

    Unfortunately where I live, the only reasonable choice for the typical residence is cable service (Midco hasn't built out any FTTH plant)...CenturyLink is only offering DSL on 100 year old copper, lucky to get 1Mbps - I had a site a block away from the CO, still never had solid DSL, no matter what they tried...There are a couple WISP offerings, but efforts to line all the streets with trees in the 1970s is really paying off now, and LOS ends up being hard even though we live in about the flattest area on earth, also Midco (cable TV co) just bought out the largest WISP, so I'm sure they are limiting new customers to rural or ones expensive to install cable to. Verizon was going to start building out 5G towers near neighborhoods for I assume fixed service use, but the NIMBYs petitioned the city council to not grant the permits and VZW has not submitted another proposal since - and it's been 2-3 years.... So yes, there is no competition and no one wanting to provide competition...So it should be regulated like a monopoly utility.

  • Comcast Expands Its Bullshit Usage Caps…In The Middle Of A Pandemic

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    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Nov, 2020 @ 01:53pm

    Re: Re: Maybe treat it like every utility

    Math of by a factor of 10, should be one more zero. I was targeting a rate of $80-100/month for 1TB, about what one pays now for typical cable/FTTH service in the USA...

  • Comcast Expands Its Bullshit Usage Caps…In The Middle Of A Pandemic

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    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Nov, 2020 @ 11:22am

    Re: Maybe treat it like every utility

    I forget to mention, it would need a certified meter on the CPE that is easily read by the consumer, just like a gas, water or electric meter.

  • Comcast Expands Its Bullshit Usage Caps…In The Middle Of A Pandemic

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    egftechman ( profile ), 24 Nov, 2020 @ 11:19am

    Maybe treat it like every utility

    I know this may be an unpopular opinion here, but maybe treat Internet like any other utility, like electricity, gas, water.....Charge $20/month for the connection then like a $0.0008 per MB transferred.

  • Cities Say ISPs Are Being Cagey About Low-Income Broadband Availability During Covid

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    egftechman ( profile ), 17 Nov, 2020 @ 09:41am

    Re: PR

    I work for a municipal utility: electric, water, sewer - we have a fiber network installed alongside many of our electric primary routes for utility operations and local government use (we don't want to be an ISP at this point), but do some dark fiber leasing to local CLECs and private businesses to expand their presence in our community...At least in MN, we cannot dip into tax revenue to operate the utility...have to maintain complete separate books, different bank accounts, governed by a almost autonomous commission, etc. - all revenue has to come from utility rates or other utility operations..The utility can subsidize City operations but the City (i.e. taxpayer funded) cannot subsidize the utility