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Poll: How long until 100mbps is widely available in America

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FoBoT

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you forgot to include price in the equation

many businesses have those super OC-3 and whatever they are called pipes, you CAN get very high speed, if you pay for it
 

Acanthus

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Aug 28, 2001
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My wild stab in the dark guess would be 2020 unless something dramatic happens to speed it up.

Fiber isnt being run fast enough, and Verizon pocketed all of the govt funds to do it years ago.
 

nonameo

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Personally, I don't think we'll see it for the forseeable future. FIOS is only being done by verizon, Sprint bought up the 700mhz band, and we know how it goes with telephone and cable operators. Internet via Cell Phone, anyone?
 

LtPage1

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Jan 15, 2004
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It's the "widely available" that makes it difficult. My parents had 10mb fiber 7 or 8 years ago, and the same company now offers 20 and 50mb speeds. But I'm still stuck with slow-ass unreliable Comcast cable. No earlier than 2025, I bet.
 

OUCaptain

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Nov 21, 2007
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2035 by 34% of you!?!?!?! Look at where we were 27 years ago and then apply the exponential curve of Moore's law. It'll be o'10 or 15 at the latest. Despite the fact that we suck at broadband are way behind the rest of the world, cough cough
 

rh71

No Lifer
Aug 28, 2001
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I want to know when the next big compression breakthru is to make all this moot.
 

spidey07

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Aug 4, 2000
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Originally posted by: 13Gigatons
I'm really surprised by the 2015 votes, that's only 7 years away, I can't imagine going from 3mbps to 100mbps service that fast.
By then DOCSIS 3.0 will be widely deployed.
 

ultimatebob

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Jul 1, 2001
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Originally posted by: Kadarin
Telecom monopolies have very little incentive to upgrade and provide better service, so my guess is 2035 or later.
I'm rooting for Google to purchase the 700Mhz spectrum and build a nationwide wireless broadband network. If THAT happens, widely available fast broadband access might become a reality by 2015.

Without some serious competition, though, the cable and phone companies will have little motivation to do better than offer garbage residential service with 512K upload speeds and 10 GB a month bandwidth caps.
 

homercles337

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Dec 29, 2004
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Where is Spidey to tell everyone "the facts" even though he never substantiates them? Telecom already has trillions of tax payer dollars and given nothing but failed promises. If they (and their lobbyists) have their way they will continue to rape us.
 

spidey07

No Lifer
Aug 4, 2000
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Originally posted by: homercles337
Where is Spidey to tell everyone "the facts" even though he never substantiates them? Telecom already has trillions of tax payer dollars and given nothing but failed promises. If they (and their lobbyists) have their way they will continue to rape us.
???

This is all common knowledge for those that work in the industry. If you want more go google, or eat your brain out on lightreading.
 

Chaotic42

Lifer
Jun 15, 2001
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2020

Charter can't even keep their damned internet service up. I really don't see them offering 100Mbps service for $50 any time soon.
 

SagaLore

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Dec 18, 2001
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Originally posted by: Kadarin
Telecom monopolies have very little incentive to upgrade and provide better service, so my guess is 2035 or later.
Considering what most people do with high bandwidth connections, its no wonder. :p
 

Fritzo

Lifer
Jan 3, 2001
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I think high speed wireless will take over before they lay enough copper/fiber to go that fast. Wireless is the future.
 

her209

No Lifer
Oct 11, 2000
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Originally posted by: Fritzo
I think high speed wireless will take over before they lay enough copper/fiber to go that fast. Wireless is the future.
Fo shizzle.
 

FlashG

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Dec 23, 1999
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I think deep down it?s a matter of reliably powering the service to the home. While FIOS attempts to address this on a planned basis ubiquitous service might be a pipe dream. And running fiber past the home is one thing but running it to the home is another.
 

Eeezee

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Jul 23, 2005
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Originally posted by: PingSpike
I'm just going to have to extrapolate based on current ISP trends in the United States.

It should be available for all in the next 10 years. There will be a monthly bandwidth cap of 2GB, however. The ultra-speed package will feature a whopping 1Gb/s speed with a monthly bandwidth cap of 3GB. It will cost an additional 2000 Ameros. And it will have upload speeds of 1200 baud.
And the Cubs will win the world series.
 

Eeezee

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Jul 23, 2005
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Originally posted by: techs
Apparently the OP and others seem to not have noticed that the telecoms are now trying to lower internet usage by charging by usage.
So basically the questions asked should be:
1)Who will be able to afford 100 mbit. internet?
2)Will pay by the byte internet kill the web?
That's the weirdest part about it - I thought we were done with the idea of paying for internet usage! I thought all of the ISPs switched to monthly packages because they made MORE money that way. Now they want to switch to monthly packages that include usage fees - great, the best of both worlds, charge per hour AND charge monthly.
 

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