What cable modem technology is currently in use in the area? In Columbus, Time Warner/Roadrunner began with the proprietary Motorola system, and is now up to more than 30,000 users. Very recently they staarted using DOCSIS, with Cisco routers and Motorola (was General Instruments) modems. These folks have the funds to have two CMTS is each headend. There's about 25 Motorola CMTS currently installed, and my estimate is that they have capital costs in the Motorola system of about $260 per customer. They've been around for three years, and about any estimate you make says they can't have made much money.
DOCSIS is being used for new installs and the occasional problem.
It sure seems like everybody in the business has to be taking a hard look at costs. This is the first I've seen anyone declining installs as a way of holding down on capital expenditures, but it makes sense.
Try ordering a DSL line. The economics are much worse, and we've all seen the reports about ISP failures. I'd guess that after the first of the year availability is going to be a big problem. The sources of capital funds have just about dried up.
in certain areas the cable industry is refusing to accept new subs due to the fact that they have realized they can't handle any more subscribers and keep the current subscribers at a decent level of connection -- it's better than signing him up and having him have major problems -- they're working on it but hey that's as close to honesty that there is a problem as most of us are going to hear at this point
Strange, my friend just signed up last week and he got hooked up. I talked to a tech that said they were supposed to be updating their equipment at the end of November. Of course half of those people don't know what the hell they're talknig about, so who knows.
sounds almost like the new satellite that choke aol can't believe i said those three letters - lol -- will be there before dsl -- according to a tech friend at the three letter word place -- the new satellite will kick but on speed using a dual dial-up system -- they're testing it now -- the speeds he quoted me were faster than @home on it's best day for the download - upload of course was limited to your modem --