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Do We Really Need Gigabit To The Home?
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Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/22/2014 | 9:44:03 AM
Finding Ways To Fill The Pipe
I agree that gigabit for just for gigabit's sake doesn't make a lot of sense. But it also seems like however fast our computers get or however big the bandwidth pipe becomes, we always find ways to fill it.
l_bartlett
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l_bartlett,
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1/22/2014 | 12:21:46 PM
Re: Finding Ways To Fill The Pipe
I'm also in agreement, that I would rather NOT have to reset my router a couple times/ week or troubleshoot with Comcast's finest on a regular basis.  Home network optimization is far more important to me than keeping up with Latvia's internet availability!   
cyberdoyle
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cyberdoyle,
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1/22/2014 | 12:55:18 PM
Re: Finding Ways To Fill The Pipe
I agree Drew, and lack of decent access is making a very large digital divide. The reason there are gigabit networks being built is because a proper network is built with fibre, and its just as easy to put a gigabit through it as it is to put 10 or 20 meg.

The argument isn't really about speed, its about the incumbents trying to keep us shackled to a copper phone network, which can't deliver high data transfer at affordable rates, nor can it deliver on long line lengths.

Far better to invest in the infrastructure that can deliver whatever people are going to need rather than patching up an obsolete network to appease shareholders.
GeorgeS942
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GeorgeS942,
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7/31/2015 | 1:39:11 AM
Upload is the real weakness of most connections
Good article, but you seem to miss something important. While 25 megs down is fine for the downloading needs of the average home, you probably aren't getting enough upload bandwidth (usually around 5 megs upload with that download speed), if video conferncing is being used along with gaming and other services. Upload is the limiting factor, not download, and getting the upload up to 25 megs with maybe 50 megs down, would really be enough for pretty much any home. Getting more upload really costs right now.


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