The Fight For The Future Is Bandwidth

Time Warner Cable experienced a virtually NYC-wide outage yesterday. I lost all TV. Internet stayed in place. There would have been thousands of tweets about it yesterday except those people were probably cut off from the Internet (and didn’t want to use their phones).

Time Warner Cable is a miserable service.

They lie about the speeds I get. I get their advertised and touted speeds only after I’ve complained. Then some tech in India presses a button or pushes a lever or gives some more food to a desperate hamster and SHAZAM! The Speedtests match their claim.

Comcast is Satan on Earth. I don’t need to be one of their customers to understand that. I just have to see all the tweets and posted complaints from their unfortunate customers.

I have no idea what FIOS is like, but it’s from Verizon, so doesn’t that say it all?

All of these backward twentieth-century bastards stand between us and the companies of the twenty-first century: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, and others to come that need a line from them to us.

Disintermediation and disruption have been the guiding lights of digital companies.

Why not get rid of the companies standing in their way?

With so many 4K TVs being sold, where’s the bandwidth to deliver streaming 4K video? It’s just not there.

With virtual reality on the horizon — which requires even more bandwidth than 4K video — where’s the bandwidth for that?

Not happening.

Google understood a long time ago that the upcoming battle would be for bandwidth, hence Google Fiber.

But they’ve been a quiet Paul Revere and no other companies have answered the call.

Drastic action is needed.

What if Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix — as a start — created an overarching company with a war chest and bought up Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Time Warner Cable? What if they bought all the damned companies that are the pipeline roadblocks?

And then made their services free?

How could the United States Department of Justice object under anti-trust or even the RICO Act? All consumers would benefit.

The large combine — call it The Bandwidth Company — would be a cost of doing business for Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix, et al.

The only trouble I can foresee would be if they were to start being stupid and closing off certain portions of the Net due to claims of piracy or terrorism or for political motivations. If they were smart and took a totally hands-off approach and presented a united front against all opposition, it could work.

Faster speeds and greater bandwidth are needed.

Is this the way to get it done?

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