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An Honest Cable-and-Internet Ad

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If North American cable-and-internet providers were honest, they’d produce an ad that went like this. Note that there’s some swearing involved, as is often the case with cable-and-internet providers.

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[…] I don’t know about you, but I found this fake ad so hilarious, and at the same time, so sad as it’s really true for Canadians! It makes me think about the project triangle, choose two of these three elements: quality, cost & time. For our Internet provider, it’s usually the same thing, you have the choice between two of these three elements: speed, reliability & cost. On my side, I’m pretty happy with Videotron on the cost, and reliability sides, but I’m paying way too much for what I have… Thanks to Joey for this find. […]

Interesting. It alleges cartel behavior. I’m only aware of the local monopoly/duopoly effect. Cartel behavior (i.e. price-fixing agreements) would be illegal. Not that it would really surprise me.

It’s also worth noting that there are at least two options where I live for TV/Internet/Phone services, which is better than what it was a decade ago, where most places just had one option.

It’s a tricky problem to solve. Having each company string its own network is really inefficient (but it’s what happened when FiOS rolled out). Having one company control the wires is just the worst effects of a government monopoly and a corporate monopoly. What would be interesting, though technically tricky, is letting multiple companies compete over the same wires. Have the local government own the basic infrastructure, but let companies compete for customers by offering services. Like municipal broadband, but with some actual choice.

[…] I don’t know about you, but I found this fake ad so hilarious, and at the same time, so sad as it’s really true for Canadians! It makes me think about the project triangle, choose two of these three elements: quality, cost & time. For our Internet provider, it’s usually the same thing, you have the choice between two of these three elements: speed, reliability & cost. On my side, I’m pretty happy with Videotron on the cost, and reliability sides, but I’m paying way too much for what I have… Thanks to Joey for this find. […]

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