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batye
batye
3/1/2016 3:36:53 AM
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Re: MDUs
@dlr5288 I could not agree more.. it does seems like a very smart calculated play...

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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/24/2016 12:12:49 PM
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Re: MDUs
I also think this is a great move forward for CenturyLink. the energy aving alone would be reason enough, I think, to make this move. That's a pretty impressive positive with this new way of CenturyLink. I think it will also bring in more customes because of the energy aving value. I think tha will be a big reason as to why people get interesed.

Also the better connection among people is obviously a huge selling point and I agree with you here. Customers are always looing for ways to get faster informtion, faster connections and this is it! It's great that now with this more people can be connected than they have been able to before.

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batye
batye
2/23/2016 10:24:39 PM
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Re: Is this really good?
@mhhf1ve  many area in Canada still get dial up... and in some areas you could not get reliable dial up... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/23/2016 9:26:03 PM
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Gbps prices...
I don't know too many households with Gigabit broadband, but I'd love to have access to those speeds... for a reasonable price. $200/mo is a bit too much...

TV and voice bundles are going to be hard sell with Gigabit service, though. Anyone can get OTT services that compete pretty well with telco-provided TV and Phone, even with sub-Gig bandwidth. 

CenturyLink is going to need to expand its offerings and/or diversify its revenue streams because "triple play" bundles aren't going to cut it in the very near future. Telcos will definitely need to transform with Gigabit services. I can imagine telcos offering a consumer thin client service that would be cool. Imagine if your old computers running Windows XP could be "upgraded" to being a thin client running on a virtual OS, provided by your ISP? Schools and some non-profits are already doing something like this with Neverware. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/23/2016 9:18:11 PM
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Re: Is this really good?
> "Then now why are they changing their minds?  i personally think everything should just stay where they all are.  What are your suggestions?"

DSL is not "fine" as more and more services require >25Mbps speeds. I forget how many people are still on AOL dialup, but I assume that number will shrink eventually. And it may take years for DSL customers to switch to higher speed internet pipes... but it will happen.

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batye
batye
2/23/2016 8:16:16 PM
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Re: MDUs
@freehe  thanks for sharing the link, interesting to know... each time I learn something new...

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freehe
freehe
2/19/2016 12:07:26 PM
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Re: MDUs
This is a great business move. GPONs are energy efficient and we need all the energy efficiency we can get in this country. This also serves an underserved population of residents that live in MDUs. More people will be able to connect with each other at faster speeds and obtain information or complete tasks quicker. This is exciting and very lucrative for the CenturyLink.

This is a great article on how GPON works. http://www.gpon.com/how-gpon-works

 

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afwriter
afwriter
2/17/2016 2:19:16 PM
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Re: Gig and Cable Contradictary?
It will be interesting to see where they are a year from now.  They will not be able to keep their prices that low for too long and if they are not upfront with customers they are going to end up losing many subscribers and getting a lot of bad press in the process.  I think they will be walking on eggshells for a while, but it could be incredibly beneficial for CenturyLink as a company if they can achieve a succesful rollout. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
2/17/2016 5:48:26 AM
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Re: Gig and Cable Contradictary?
afwriter, my understanding is that they do go hand-in-hand. When they rolled out GPON in the Denver suburbs last year, PrismTV followed, and it was the same when they moved into the city of Denver itself. It would make sense to offer them as an attractive package together for customers. Ideally, if a customer started up with Prism, they would enjoy it and continue their service. The increase in customers using the product definitely says they are doing something right. At a time when many people are cutting the cord, being able to increase the number of customers taking a "cord" a try is noteworthy indeed! The question is if they can keep up the hype and if the product in the end will be worth it. 

Pricing is competitive at $50 a month (though I heard it is 34.99 if you sign a contract.) If they can maintain the price, and not overwhelm customers with infomercial channels this might stand a chance of working out. 

Do you see any flaws in their roll out? Is this a proveribial Titanic headed for an iceburg? 

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dchampagne70
dchampagne70
2/12/2016 12:30:59 PM
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Is this really good?
 I understand that they are very excited over the sales in the third quarter, but will it actuallty stay profiting.  As we know Century Link is a very popular business, but they are struggling.  They are trying to stay massively above the market to remain relevant as we transition to mobile phones and require connections much faster than DSL.  So I really have to wonder if the progress will keep going up or will it just fizzle right out. Why did Century Link tell all the communities that the basic DSL is just fine?  Then now why are they changing their minds?  i personally think everything should just stay where they all are.  What are your suggestions?

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