Milking The Cow

This will have to get fixed eventually, but there are some companies out there who are very, very good at doing just enough to maximize cash flow while making minimal investments in infrastructure.


Report: data caps just a “cash cow” for Internet providers
Caps have remained steady even as costs of delivering data have plunged.

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2 thoughts on “Milking The Cow

  1. I have been a customer of Verizon ever since ATT couldn't cover my country town 5 years ago.  I have made myself ok with paying the high fee's as the service for me is top notch.  I rarely have want for more wether be it my metered minutes or my unlimited messages and data.  Im not a data hog, I'll use 1-3.5 g per month between my wife and I.  I have 2 boys soon to be teenagers and at some point will upgrade to data. I would like to have the option to choose my data plan type.  Honestly I made my smartphone commitment based on verizon's unlimited data for my wife and I.  But I have no choice,  instead Verizon "bullies" me; if I want to add new data plans, be it phones, tablets, anything my plan will automatically go to metered.  They "accidentally" put my wife's line on metered and swore their was no way to switch her back, but after diligent perseverance they suddenly found a way.  Bottom line, they are alienating me and I think my demographic should count.  I started with 2 lines 5 years ago and now have had 4 for 2 years.  I will probably continue to grow and stay loyal over time as a consumer, why rub me wrong???

  2. So everyone I talk to about this in the industry insists the issue is that "mid-level" networking devices that cable folks have in the field are the things getting slammed, and given the heterogenous agglomeration of cable systems into the big ones we know today, upgrading bandwidth capacity is quite challenging, and even when that happen, consumer devices simply adaptively increase bandwidth for videos to suck up any extra bandwidth from deployment of new devices (and most Internet bandwidth today is video).  "Tier-1" access my MVPDs is not the problem, that is dirt cheap, and some CDNs actually pay MVPDs to be in their plant.

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