Broadband for All?

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I don't mean this to be a negative, so don't take it that way, but sometimes I think companies can be their own worst enemy in setting unrealistic expectations for customers.

On Viasat's twitter feed they have a little animation clip saying they offer "broadband for all".  Okay, I get they want to do that and planned to do that.  But as we know, broadband is defined as 25Mbps.  There are many areas of the country right now where the highest level of speed being sold is at 12Mbps.  So if I am a potential customer and see the twitter post I am thinking one thing, but then come to find out I can't get broadband speed in the available plans (I am not even getting into the 'up to' debate here).

Again, I am just making an observation.  We want Viasat to succeed, but I think it is better to under promise and over deliver.  Maybe that is what they are doing with the 12Mbps plans now, just don't call it "broadband internet" yet nationwide. 

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I know many, MANY fellow dealers who have made the SAME observation. "Broadband" is a term defined by the FCC...it is what it is.....and 12mbps ain't it. 

Andy
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No it isn't. What that is is usable internet when you don't have any other options.

True many plans and, a lot of Viasat customers do have broadband via satellite but, 12 Mbps isn't it.
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When I read "Broadband for All" it reminded me of the program NY state has (same program name) that was supposed to supply just that, but with ground based service.  I was excited, and stupidly got my hopes up, even though I knew better.  Sure enough...you can guess the rest.  I knew better.  SMH.  
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Know what you mean. Here in FL they wasted millions of dollars on a boondoggle called the North FL Broadband Authority. And when I say wasted, I mean wasted. I was going to be a "last mile" provider in our area. I met with government leaders on the matter and that's when I learned and learned HARD, that the government doesn't work like a real world business does. All the thinking was upside down. Actually, that's how I became a Viasat dealer. They saw some interviews and news stories I was in and contacted me. 

Andy
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The governmwmt promised wireless internet to all in my county, not even broadband, just a WISP that ran aroind 1.5Mbs. The company doing the implementation took a lot of money and got a lot of free publicity out of it in the paper. That lasted about 6 months and then the commissioners found out it want going to deliver the coverage promised. So that was that. A lot of upfront money spent, to provide service to a handful of people, while people that lived as close as 1.5 miles from a tower couldn't get service.
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Here in Northern Minnesota, the city I live in took Federal gubment money and ran fiber optic cable throughout the city. It goes under my driveway in fact. But, they have no plans for it. Paid a private company big bucks to bury miles of cable with no intent to provide service! Now just up the North Shore, there's fiber optic running up the Gunflint Trail to any place that has electricity. I was amazed at the speed I got at a lodge at the edge of the BWCA. Shows what can and should be done.
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And, of course, one little hole in my county, and, I live in that hole where nothing will change. Why should they care about internet here? They refuse to provide landline phone and, the county can't even patch the pot holes in the road.
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Don't feel too bad Bev. I live on a dirt road...about 3/4 mile from the main highway. A couple years ago I gave up on the County and started maintaining the sides of the roadway myself because they only mowed once a year and a deer could be right beside the road and you couldn't see it. So now I mow it with my tractor and keep the brush killed back with Crossbow herbicide which is pretty pricey stuff. 
I've been known to fill in pot holes as well with left over cement from an install. 

As I always say, it is what it is.

Andy
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Better here than in the suburbs with some home owners association telling mt I can't have wolfdogs, can't paint my house the color i want and, can't run a smoker full of meat in my backyard.

Thanks for the tip, I'm pouring a new section for my patio this weekend, the leftover cement is going in a pot hole. :)
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There's not much for "paved" roads in my county, other than the few state highways.  I'm only 1.5 miles off the highway on gravel, some are 15-20 miles off.  If I go to Walmart, it's 30 miles of gravel, then 30+ highway.  The long way is paved, but adds about 15 miles.  Landowners are responsible to mow county roads that border their property, county occasionally goes by and sprays weeds.  If you don't mow them twice a year, they add a fee onto the taxes, certain amount per mile.  I think it's required about 7', I just use a 9' sickle mower.
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No fee for not mowing here, but the weeds would get so high you couldn't see deer, dogs, or other animals that might run out in front of you and, you couldn't see oncoming cars when pulling out of your drive if you didn't mow the sides of the road. I just keep it mowed all the way to my fence line, it's part of my yard as far as I'm concerned.

The county does spray for mosquitoes once a year and, the co-op trims the tree branches off the power lines every couple of years. Now and then a road grader will come grade all of the dirt roads and leave big rocks for tires to kick up, that's it.

Wal Mart - 7 Miles paved or 4 dirt, then either 15 or 32 paved depending on which Wal Mart you want, the little wannabe supercenter or the real supercenter.
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Y'all beat my congressional district. The idea here was more service by AT&T, up subscribers by 50% in this county. Congresswoman thought that would mean 50% more of us had internet. AT&T bought DirecTV and, gained those subscribers, that's all that ever happened on that front.