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February 05, 2013

Time Warner boots my speed, cuts my bill

"I just happen to live near Google Fiber."

Rob is a Time Warner Cable customer, and he’s received two really interesting things from them lately. First, a 50% speed boost: they claim to have upgraded the speed of his home Internet connection. That’s neat. Oh, and they’ve also cut his bill, from $45 to $30. Wow! What has prompted this amazing treatment? Years of loyalty and on-time payments? No, not exactly…Rob lives in Kansas City, pilot site for Google Fiber, the gigabit broadband project that’s threatening to make current broadband providers almost care about competing.

Message received: My internet service provider just randomly added 15Gb to my monthly plan. Put an ear to the ground and you can hear Google Fiber all the way from Kansas City to Toronto.

Someone to fool us, someone like you: The $178 billion telecom industry is scrambling to kill a government plan to provide free super Wi-Fi across the United States.

Google and Microsoft told the FCC that additional public Wi-Fi would spur "millions of de­vices that will compose the coming Internet of things," a resounding early endorsement of the nascent policy proposal. The wireless industry responded with a fierce and well-funded campaign to kill the proposal.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 5, 2013 08:07 AM