Let's address a few things here. Aaron Welch won a $10,000 prize for Digital Media; he did NOT win the whole shebang. Accuracy in reporting much?
Bandwidth costs money. If you're going to be using a lot of it, expect to pay for it, period. The prices that these articles keep trying to reference is for Residential customers only. Businesses are expected to use considerably more than a residential customer, and guess what, they're going to pay more. If Mr. Welch required a gig, how is he currently making Comcast's 100MB service work? EPB also offers comparative packages to what Comcast is running, but it would appear that Mr. Welch isn't familiar with how the business world works, and thought that he should just be given something because he had an idea that could possibly make use of a gig service.
As far as whether or not the gig service is a hoax or not.. are you serious? Would you like some Internet speed test results? Because they're out there in droves. EPB speeds are symmetrical, which is way more than any copper-based service provider can say. Comcast can say all day long how they have same thing, but they don't bring it to the home, they keep it at the office. On top of this, their speeds are NOT symmetrical (same amount both ways). While they continue to falsely claim they're the fastest provider in the nation, they're being consistently beaten. Comcast offers a residential 50MBps connection for $114.95/month, whereas the exact same service with EPB will run you $57.99. EPB service is a true symmetrial 50MBps, Comcast is not.
As far as the whole spiel about paying a higher electric bill, please go read some more. Not only is the fiber revenue for phone, television, and internet services covering its own costs, it is also directly contributing to the electric budget, and has even PREVENTED rate increases. All this while not raising prices for the fiber services. And on top of everything, the fiber network is performing beautifully in the role it was designed for, which is reducing outages and down time of the elctric system.
If you're going to talk the talk, please be able to back up your statements.
Gig Tank winners share $160,000 in prizes
by Carey O'Neil