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Another reason why a wireless provider is no match for a wired provider
Previously, we have discussed the laughable arguments made by ISP’s that wireless connections are sufficient to compete against those with wired connections. Granted, these arguments only come up when the ISP’s want to buy another ISP and it is necessary to create a fake competitive broadband market for regulators.
Recently, Consumerist wrote a good piece that showed the disparity between someone at home with a wired connection and someone at home with a wireless internet connection.
One of the ways to show this disparity was by seeing who much it would cost a customer to pay for the data it takes to watch the entire series of Breaking Bad in one month. After factoring in the minimum HD connection speed necessary with the length of the show, it was determined that the entire series uses about 139.5 GB’s of data.
So, what is the price difference between having a wired connection and a wireless connection?
Using traditional home, wired broadband — cable or DSL — to watch all of Breaking Bad in one billing cycle would cost the average user between $30 and $100.
Using most wireless broadband — satellite or mobile — to watch all of Breaking Bad in one billing cycle would cost the average user between $1200 and $2200.
The wireless average of $1369 is just under 2000% higher than the cable average of $69. – Consumerist
To summarize, there is little to no substitute for having a wired broadband connection.