Comcast High Speed DSL enthusiasts grab your guns, there’s a movement not far off in the distance that suggests the army of Verizon 4G will soon replace your home internet connection – I am sure this will not go over without a fight.
I suppose, at first glance, the idea seems very possible. Consider your land line phone, a staple in the homes of just about everyone walking the face of the earth – yeah maybe in the days of Ward and June Cleaver but now-a-days, the POTS line that was always the lighthouse on the shores of despair, the work horse of the phone family, the trusted friend that you could always count on in a time of need – in many homes replaced, without hesitation, for the cell phone. Abandoning your home internet connection cannot be far off.
Recently, Verizon made an announcement in which CEO, Ivan Seidenberg suggests their new 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network may offer a reasonable substitute for home cable and internet. It seems from the information that I have read that he is basing this idea on the results of initial speed testing that has been completed on the network. Preliminary data that I was able to locate shows that max download speeds reached on the Verizon 4G network were as high as 10.6 Mbps (speed results seem to be dependent on geographic location). I suppose for a hand held device, this could be considered extremely quick download speeds but when I look at this DL speed versus my Comcast high speed DSL connection (sure, I may be biased) and I see download speeds at almost twice what Verizon 4G is reporting, I need look no further than my comfy DSL.
I think that with any technology or concept that is in its infancy or maybe even pre-adolescent years, it’s hard to buy in to the idea that this new technology may replace what you are currently familiar with. As more time, energy and resources are poured into its development, its worth may be proven. If this occurs, costs will begin to decline, availability will begin to increase and before you know it, that new confangled 4G network is the bees knees and your crummy old Comcast router will be given its walking papers and become the best dang coaster for your overpriced morning caffe-latte-mcswirl drinky poo. Don’t believe me – how about you go to the kitchen and pick up the mauve colored Bell Tel rotary phone and call your grandma and ask her how she’s doing (that is if she picks up, you may be interrupting her game shows) – ouch that’s smarts! Embrace technology, but don’t forget that in order to know where you are going, you need to remember from where you came. Comcast high speed DSL, you will always be my favorite. If you think 4G or LTE would be ideal for your small to mid-sized company, we'll talk you down from the ledge. Happy surfing gang!