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Re: Cable Modems
Does anyone have operational experience with a system more than, say
100 users on a node? There seem to be lots of operational risks although
there are a number of very knowledgeable proponents.
On a related topic:
There is a fundamental pricing question with home broadband internets.
The ISP my organization uses charges $1,000 - $2,000 per month for T1
service. Non-scientific studies here seem to point to about $45/month
for residential service is the max that many, even power users, will
pay. Do we really believe that we can gain such efficiencies to drop
the price this much? I don't in the near future. The cost of development
of transmission systems, operational systems, billing, monitoring,
training, capable staff, etc will be too high to offer a service of
comparable quality at anywhere near $45. Of course if you allow heavy
busy hour congestion, service disturbances that last all night or
all weekend, no user consulting and preferential attachment tactics
that favor on-line services willing to through in cash to reach
affluent neighborhoods, maybe.