Verizon FiOS Will Soon Install 300 Mbps Up and 65 Mbps Down Broadband In Homes, But You Need To Be Where FiOS Is Available And Have Mad Cash!

English: A map of where Verizon Fios is availa...

English: A map of where Verizon Fios is available in the US according to (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m so excited about Verizon big push for faster broadband.  Verizon is going to allow some home users to purchase broadband plan which has 300 Mbps download speed and 65 Mbps upload speed.  Nonetheless, did you notice I used the key words “some home users?”  I’ve been waiting for Verizon FiOS in my area for a long time already, but so far only AT&T and Comcast are the two viable competitive choices for me.  So, it’s exciting for me to see Verizon FiOS to allow 300 down and 65 up broadband speed (in Mbps of course), but it’s such a teaser for so many users who are not living in the areas where they can get Verizon FiOS.  Arstechnica reported that Verizon 300/65 up/down FiOS with two year contract will cost around $204.99.  Obviously, the latest and fastest Verizon FiOS speed is super cool, but the price is too expensive.  Nonetheless, if you are going for Verizon FiOS 300/65 up/down broadband speed, you will not have any trouble of using the cloud for doing data backup.  CrashPlan come to mind anyone?  (I hate how most broadband connections allow super slow upload speed, therefore doing backup to the cloud is like watching a crawling of a snail.  In my opinion, Verizon FiOS is the panacea to this pet peeve of mine.)  Check out the video on Verizon soon to be the fastest broadband yet in U.S. right after the break.


Netflix Provides Quick Dirty Fix To Allow Canadian Customers To Work Around Bandwidth Usage Limitation

Isn’t it time for Netflix and similar services to form their own broadband company so they can make even more money while customers can rely on these services’ undying objective as in providing mainly streaming movies and contents?  Providing broadband service isn’t going to be cheap on the providers at starting out, because building the broadband infrastructure from scratch probably is going to be very expensive.  This is why Netflix hasn’t yet had its own broadband service.  How about Google?  Google is ever more becoming intrusive in areas of streaming contents, because streaming is just another medium where Google can expand their ad network.  I have heard little about Google’s past announced project of providing Gigabit network for selected few, but I just hope Google can do for the mass soon so the broadband business can be ever more competitive.  Usually, customers win when there are competitions.

Instead of bowing down to broadband companies, Netflix announces a quick dirty fix by allowing Canadian customers who are facing with lower bandwidth usage limit to be able to stream movies at even lower qualities.  Lower quality streaming options are obviously going to tax less on Canadian customers’ overall bandwidth usage, therefore it’s a quick dirty fix to work around Canadian ISPs’ anti-customer policies.  Maybe this will be just enough to keep Canadians to continua to subscribe to Netflix.  Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the best fix, because customers appreciate better experience in the product itself, and in this case it’s higher quality streaming of movies.  To fix this mess, Netflix has to get into bed with many big ISPs somehow, or they have to throw themselves into a whole new business which is becoming a broadband provider.  What do you think?


More On Why Capping Data Isn’t My Cup Of Tea

We don’t know if the whole technology industry knows that it’s so less enticing for customers to want to buy something when they cannot really use it to your heart’s content.  For an example, I love to get my hands on iPad 2, but I think about it’s too expensive for me to pay for my data plan.  Even worse, data plan is not even unlimited.  Even, even worse even more… when we’re not on the go, our routers that hook up to the ISPs can no longer provide us the comfort of unlimited data, because big ISPs are data capping everyone.  What the point of having an iPad 2 and Netflix and other futuristic devices and services, but we cannot really use them to your heart’s content.

In my case, I had called a cable company (in a frantic of ditching my unlimited but soon to be limited DSL), but this too was a no go.  This particular cable company provides data cap just like others at 250 GB/month worth of bandwidth.  So, I said no thanks, because I don’t want to keep tab on how much bandwidth I’d use.  Obviously, these ISPs aren’t going to provide you a clear meter as electricity companies do on your usage of their services.  All I can see is that things are very murky when these ISPs can charge their customers base on the amount of bandwidth.  All customers want to know the exact amount of bandwidth they’re being charged for so they can avoid unknown hefty bills and be able to dispute about unfair charges!  If nobody care, well I do!

The rant continues… I was presented with a TV plan as I was on the phone with one of these ISPs, but I was mad as hell!  “Come on,” I said to myself, “I don’t want something as a TV plan.  Why would I want to have a TV plan when I rarely want to watch or be able to watch something on TV at my own designated time?  Netflix and similar services are the future.  TV is dead.  Anyway, thanks, but I’m not looking for a TV plan.  I’m looking for unlimited Internet where my data isn’t capping by a mysterious amount of GB!”  I told the operator no thanks, and I was more interested if they could offer unlimited Internet where there isn’t a data cap in place.

As how my search for a holy grail in term of unlimited Internet where data isn’t going to be capped ever, I think things aren’t looking so well.  It’s rather bleak!  I like to think that I’m being held hostage by my current ISP, because I can’t really find an alternative ISP that actually provides {real} unlimited Internet.  All I can say, when I do actually find such holy grail, I’ll not hesitate of jumping the ship in an instant.  Oh, I’ll be looking at my bill ever more scrutiny for I must know why am I paying so much for Internet, but yet I have such a nasty deal!

I hate being such a drama queen, but I can’t help it this time.  When we cannot use our devices to your heart’s content for unlimited data plans are the things of the past, it reminds me of how Roman Empire was torn apart slowly and eventually degraded into extinction just only so the Dark Ages/Middle Ages could flourish.  Ya, you can say my comparison is something of apple vs orange, but I say let there be unlimited Internet for real!  End of rant…

When Bandwidth Is Always The Issue, Innovations Such As A Possibility Of Using Holograms For Social Networking Will Probably Exist Only In The Figments Of Everyone’s Imagination

Sometimes I feel as if we’re denying ourselves from moving forward even though we can as to how we should use our advance technology.  Give you a little hint, more ISPs are going to go the route where they all can cap your data usage.  Why is that a bad thing?  First, it’s stemming our innovations in the area where it’s requiring the Internet to be more connected.  Just imagine this whacky situation, a little far fetched scenario, but it’s exactly the point of how we may be able to move forward instead of backward — in our near future, just a decade more or so, our social network is not going to be projected in 2D but 3D.  Something this exotic comes to mind, holographic social network projection anyone?

What is holographic social network projection?  I don’t even know has anyone dare to dabble with this idea yet, but in my head I think it’s an awesome possibility of how our social networking and networks could be in the near future.  Imagine this, logging onto a social network isn’t about firing up a traditional laptop or a computer, but it’s about firing up a holographic computer where you can begin a social conversation with a whole group of people through holograms.  Holographic technology can project 2D materials in 3D holographic planes, therefore everything will of course be manipulated as if real objects — although texts will still be texts.  Obviously, 3D holographic technology can project a person hologram in detail.  Startrek anyone?  Group conference using Facebook but in 3D holograms?  Facebook may have to encourage you to buy 3D holographic computer then, and to pay a lot more for bandwidth unless ISPs decide to allow unlimited data usage, once again.

I think if we are moving in the direction where Internet isn’t central, but obstructive rules and regulations and means that big companies such as big ISPs impose on how people should use Internet may be collectively the biggest obstacle for innovations pertain to Internet to move forward and blossom.  Curbing bandwidth is like telling we don’t care about how far we can push the Internet technology, but we only care how far we can monopolize and properly maximize the commoditization of the Internet.  Obviously, sometimes disruptive technology will face push back by big corporations since investors’ interests are more aligned with the corporations than the users themselves.  In reality, I think such assessment is short sighted, because when corporations align their interests with customers, in the long run the corporations may be even more profitable and in turn the investors will also be very profitable.  Have you ever heard the phrase, the customer is king?  How about the customer is always right?

Anyhow, this post is one of my rants on the saga of how backward we can be in term of screwing up future innovations when innovating isn’t at heart.  And yes, social networks will be very different and on a much more advance-awesomeness level if Facebook and other social network players dare to go beyond the norms.  Taking a possibility of using holograms for an example!  Unfortunately, I don’t see such advancements can go forward or begin to take shape when bandwidth is always the issue!  If such advancements may go forward, I doubt it will be as awesome as I wish it could be since how awesome it will be when bandwidth is always the issue?  What do you think?

AT&T Will Impose Data Caps On DSL And U-Verse Customers, Netflix Users Like Me Will Not Be So Happy!

I’m a current AT&T U-Verse customer, and I have to say I feel really disappointing to hear that AT&T may soon impose data caps on its customers.  From reading at Ubergizmo, it seems that AT&T will impose 150 GB data cap on its DSL customers and 250 GB data cap on its U-Verse customers.  I don’t think this is a good news for companies that streams movies over the web such as Netflix and users that rely on backing up data to remote locations.

Do I really want to worry about viewing too many HD videos on YouTube then?  Of course, because AT&T will charge overage bandwidth.  You will be charged with $10 per 50 GB of overage bandwidth.  Perhaps, AT&T wants to stop the competitors from making their instant streaming of movies over the web so popular, because AT&T is also serving U-Verse customers TV programs.

Anyhow, I think Netflix won’t be such a good idea when AT&T begins to impose its data cap plans.  For backing up my data to remote locations, I won’t be doing that also when AT&T starts to impose this crazy new rule.  Perhaps, I may have to look somewhere else for unlimited broadband.  What do you think about AT&T’s impending action of imposing data caps on customers?

Update:  I’ve failed to mention that gamers who use Internet for gaming may have to curb their gaming habit or pay up, because gaming isn’t the only thing the gamers do with their broadband connection.  Gamers who play World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, and who use console games such as Xbox 360 to play game with friends over the Internet may go pass AT&T’s data cap limits.