Welcome to Nashville
I have conflicted emotions about this
*whispers* i support net neutrality
everyone who hasnt yet should leave AT&T
@Z0IDBERG, any reason you'd leave at&t more than Comcast?
@Youtuber, AT&T is just really bad. They keep buying other companies and giving bad service at a higher cost. When my area lost service (I forget why), it took us a week for them to get it back, whereas my friends who weren't using AT&T got it back the next day. We switched, and its been better since. Plus, they are acting oppressed because they are being prevented from buying any more companies because they almost bought all of them, which would mean that would create a monopoly
@Invalid User, Having been with them for serval years, I have had the complete opposite experience. My company phone that has Verizon, always loses signal, my att personal phone almost always has signal. Their customer service for my home internet has always been good for me. Just my personal experience.
@Autismo, Maybe it was just me then. In any case, companies aren't really allowed to have a monopoly. It gives them too much power to overcharge and such.
@Invalid User, They would only be able to become a monopoly and overcharge if the internet was a finite source, and only they had access to it. If they even started to over charge, couldn't a competitor come in and out business them by offering lower prices?
@Autismo, Fair point
@Autismo, the internet isn’t a finite source? When did we achieve unlimited bandwidth?
@MidgetQ, Two separate things, bandwidth is the amount you can use in a sitting, but it's not like water where after a certain amount of time it depletes.
@Autismo, except if they achieved a regional monopoly then any company coming in would have to either buy and build whole new lines to run their own infrastructure or pay AT&T a premium for permission to use their infrastructure, at which point if the upstart company actually challenged them in a region they could just cancel the contract and kick them off their infrastructure thus restoring their monopoly and ending the competition that would have driven them down. All they’d have to do is claim leasing out access slowed their own customers service and give a slight throttle before doing it so customers could “feel” the difference after kicking them off.
The permits and cost for the infrastructure to compete would need Google or Elon Musk levels of disposable finances to even be a blip on their radar by putting in their own infrastructure.
@Autismo, not really, bandwidth affects the capacity of what a network can handle. When it exceeds that capacity, the network becomes congested and slows down. It is not infinite. If it was, i’d be out of a job
@MidgetQ, when I said sitting I meant in the time using the network. Say for example you are watching Netflix, which takes a lot of bandwidth, you are not going to eventually run out of bandwidth just using Netflix for 2 hours straight, now if someone else starts watching Netflix for 2 hours, then more bandwidth will be used and now it will start to run slow because it's clogged. It's not like a data cap when a company actually limits you to a certain amount of data, then it's finite. If we had unlimited bandwidth I would also be out of a job.
@Ollie Queen, They shouldn't be building onto property with the property owners consent in the first place. This happens because government allows special favors for ISP's to build an infrastructure in said neighborhood, which shouldn't be up to them, it should be up to each and every individual of that neighborhood. Sure it would be extremely tricky for them to do so, but that's on them to feed their consumers, not the other way around. This would for sure cause them to think of new ways of doing things.
@Youtuber, at&t let's critical access hospitals go without internet for almost 2 weeks before fixing the problem. I had to stay at work till 3 am several days in a row making multiple phone calls to get our internet back up, and att just kept blaming the local phone company. After doing several things to prove it was att they finally had a tech check the equipment in Dallas and realized the circuit we were plugged into had a big Amber light on saying it was bad. That was after almost 2 weeks of having no internet when we require internet for our remote clinics to VPN back to us. Then after maybe a month of it working, they decided to switch us back to the failed circuit without telling us. Internet was down for 3 days that time before they admitted they done that and switched us back. We have a new ISP now.
@Autismo, literally the opposite for me. I never have service with my work phone(att) and always have service with my personal phone (Verizon)
Ah the Batman building watching over Nashville with its unfeeling gaze.
Ah! I live 45 minutes away from that building in Nashville. Everyone calls it the Batman building, but this is more appropriate
Eye see what they did there.