Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T have spent an inordinate amount of time crying in their beer since the Google bunny hopped into Kansas City.
These legacy cable providers, true monopolies in all but name, did everything they could think of to deflect the Google bunny: they called names, they cast aspersions, they told self-serving lies. They did everything they could to retain the status quo. Everything, that is, except to offer comparable service at a comparable price; that was a bridge too far.
Why was that, you might reasonably ask.
It turns out, like every other asshole intent on making our lives miserable, they know what’s best for us:
AT&T and Verizon have asked the Federal Communications Commission not to change its definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps, saying many Internet users get by just fine at the lower speeds.
“Given the pace at which the industry is investing in advanced capabilities, there is no present need to redefine ‘advanced’ capabilities,” AT&T wrote in a filing made public Friday after the FCC’s comment deadline (see FCC proceeding 14-126). “Consumer behavior strongly reinforces the conclusion that a 10Mbps service exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions,” AT&T wrote later in its filing. Verizon made similar arguments.
Don’t suppose this has anything to do with their current crappy service generating obscene profits, do you?