$60.00 per month buys Rural HomeFusion wireless serivce

Verizon Wireless broadband service that’s designed for use in rural and remote homes that can’t get DSL or cable. The service, called HomeFusion, could also appeal to some households where DSL is the only fixed-line option, since it’s faster than most DSL services.

HomeFusion could provide potent competition for satellite broadband providers, which are often “providers of last resort” for rural homes. The service requires the installation of a cylindrical antenna, about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, on an outside wall. The hardware costs $200, but the work is free. Service starts at $60 per month for 10 gigabytes of data. That’s enough of a monthly data allotment to download the complete works of Shakespeare 2,000 times, or to watch about 10 hours of HD-quality video using an Internet streaming service such as Netflix.
Verizon cites the same speeds for HomeFusion as for LTE data sticks: 5 to 12 megabits per second for downloads, and 2 to 5 megabits for uploads. However, LTE users frequently report much higher speeds, ranging up to 70 megabits per second for downloads.

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  1. Verizon launches faster[sic]-than-wired wireless broadband for homes; starts at $60/mo V2
    10 hours a month of TV (Netflix)? How many days for the average household’s viewing?
    OK, yes, you can download the complete works of Shakespeare as often as you want – but forget watching the plays being performed. At last after your TV night has come and gone – OK, maybe two nights if everyone in the family is watching the same content together.
    The basic assumption is that the value of a work of Shakespeare is identical to the work of a 100 monkeys at a keyboard typing the same number of letters. This is not the old story of how many monkeys it would take to reproduce Shakespeare but simply equating random keystrokes with wisdom.
    Remember that this is NOT FASTER! It is more capacity as I explained in
    Making it about speed obscures the fact that we are being sold a pile of bits. So now you are told you can watch a Netflix movie faster than it can be displayed? OK, maybe at higher resolution – but that means even less viewing!
    To put it another way, when you get a Netflix subscription you pay $8/month while Verizon is getting over $60/month for a small fraction of that! This is like being told by the grocer that flour is 100 times as expensive as cake.
    This is great news for the tech guy who installs the Wi-Fi access point – he’d get paid a lot more than the CEO.
    So why these limits and higher costs? Given that these are underserved communities why not use technologies appropriate to providing more capacity by using all options rather than using a technology whose limits come from policies aimed at dense urban areas? Even if there is a slow [sic] connection one can still get the same number of bits by planning ahead an hour or so and getting the movie one wants to view – something that Netflix can choose to support as an alternative to mailing the DVD. Or else others can once we escape the faux-TV streaming model.
    The article has the other standard memes such as “consuming” bits and comparing old usage patterns with what people would do given new options. Linear thinking in a non-continuous world.
    Another reminder that we need industries that can be creative in serving customers rather than those who are merely trying to extend creaky old product lines. We need industries that can serve local needs rather than just having big city folks continue their old ways.

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