WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Cable TV and DSL

I have no cable. The reason is the price. I just can't imagine spending $30/month for even more TV that I already get with an antenna installed on the roof. However, if I could buy just a few channels for a fraction of the cost, I just might do it.
The head of the FCC says consumers could save money if they're allowed to choose what cable channels they want. Kevin Martin says this 'a la carte' approach would also help parents keep closer tabs on what their children watch, and keep channels they don't want out of the house.
Not surprisingly, however, cable companies hate this idea.
The head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association said requiring the cable industry to offer 'a la carte' pricing is a dangerous idea. Kyle McSlarrow likened it to telling newspapers they have to sell the business and sports sections of their newspapers separately.
But I think they have no choice if they ever want me as their customer. Of course, they fear that their existing customers may drop the channels they don't like to save money. But should they be so afraid?
Maybe not. My local phone company, Verizon, offered a new DSL service about two months ago: $15/month for about 768kbs. I signed up immediately. I used to pay $10/month for dial-up access and $7/month for voice mail because I was too cheap to get another phone line. So by switching to this new DSL product I actually save money. When the only product Verizon offered was 1.5Mbs for $30/month I wasn't even tempted.

The question now is: will existing Verizon customers switch to the less expensive product when they realize they don't all that bandwidth? If not, cable companies may just follow this model to increase their customer base. Otherwise, I will just keep on getting cable TV for three months every four years to watch the soccer cup.

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