Report: Cable exec says 1Gbps Internet is only good for piracy

We have been reporting a lot on how more ISPs in the US have been trying to offer faster and faster Internet speeds to its customers. Much has been reported on Google's plans to offer 1 Gbps Internet access to the residents of Kansas City sometime in 2012. We have also reported on small ISP Sonic.net which plans to offer a few customers 1 Gbps Internet speeds in a small California town for the price of just $70 a month. Last week Comcast demoed a 1 Gpbs Internet connection even though the company doesn't have plans to offer such service anytime soon.

But it looks like at least one cable executive doesn't care for giving customers fast and cheap Internet speeds. Multichannel News reports that after the Comcast demo at the Cable Show trade show in Chicago last week a "very senior cable-tech exec, discussing the Comcast 1-Gbps demo, said bluntly, 'I just don’t see any other application for that other than piracy.'" The reporter didn't name the exec or what company he worked for because "the conversation was not a formal interview, and he wasn’t expecting to be quoted."

If that quote is indeed true it shows the attitude that cable operators and other ISPs have on offering faster Internet access to customers. The US as a whole is well behind much of the rest of the industrial world in terms of Internet speeds. South Korean ISPs want to offer up 1 Gpbs net speeds to every single person in the country by the end of 2012.

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I would argue, we don't need idiots, but then again, he'll probably think the opposite

We do need it ... maybe not solely for the internet but other systems

and besides, piracy is just a small percentage

watching/downloading pron while playing check
letting the server get the juice off special sites on the net check
tv upstairs getting netflix check
boy upstairs practicing his backswing like his dad did when young check
daughter chatting with some guy while researching the universe check

that amounts to a lot of traffic

If we bet 1 gbps speeds, there will be many legitimate applications that it will end up enabling.

Pirates will pirate. Even if they don't have 1 gbps.

But I want to be able to stream 1080p (or higher in the future) HD 3D video in one room, while my wife does the same in another room, while the kid does the same in another room. And be able to browse the web at the same time without any load times.

Oh please. This kind of thinking is so dated, we live in a world of streaming and uploading completely legitimate things all the time. True, maybe people don't need as much as 1Gbps at this stage, but why even think to limit internet speeds? Or cap user bandwidth? And then say only pirates would use that kind of tool?

All the different levels of speed and bandwidth usages these ISPs have only go to show the greed behind these companies.

I doubt it, it will only make it better for those who already does that sort of thing but for other that are streaming more and more everyday its something that really necessary. Especially when I'm trying to download my student bundle without waiting so long.

Most hard drive wouldnt be able to use 1Gbps connections anyway cus maximum sustained transfer rate is usually 80-90MB/s and if it's maxing it out your computer would be virtually useless cus there'll be no bandwidth available for opening applications and stuff. Youll need raid configs or SSD's to fully use it me thinks

psionicinversion said,
Most hard drive wouldnt be able to use 1Gbps connections anyway cus maximum sustained transfer rate is usually 80-90MB/s and if it's maxing it out your computer would be virtually useless cus there'll be no bandwidth available for opening applications and stuff. Youll need raid configs or SSD's to fully use it me thinks

My HDD maxes out at 100MB/s, so to actually reach that it would still require an 800Mbps connection. That being said, computers won't always have HDDs with a max of 80-100MB/s anyway.

psionicinversion said,
Most hard drive wouldnt be able to use 1Gbps connections anyway cus maximum sustained transfer rate is usually 80-90MB/s and if it's maxing it out your computer would be virtually useless cus there'll be no bandwidth available for opening applications and stuff. Youll need raid configs or SSD's to fully use it me thinks
Maybe true today, but who cares. Next few years they would catch up easily. If there is a market for it, it will happen faster.

psionicinversion said,
Most hard drive wouldnt be able to use 1Gbps connections anyway cus maximum sustained transfer rate is usually 80-90MB/s and if it's maxing it out your computer would be virtually useless cus there'll be no bandwidth available for opening applications and stuff. Youll need raid configs or SSD's to fully use it me thinks

Most computer wouldn't be able to achieve this speed because the network adapter, most PC use a 10/100 network connection. And USB 2.0 and Wifi-n is not a option


So the couple of gigabytes wow requires every month is piracy now ?

Soon you will be a pirate even when you pay for a game.

At the moment he is probably right...
Imagine 5 users downloading their legal ISOs from a web server using 1gbps. You will be limited by the throughput of the server itself (standard 2* 1gbps).
I don't know about the US, but over here most parts of the isp networks are running at 1gbps. So one use could use the full capacity of an interconnect. Bad things will happen to the network, users will start complaining.
Most of todays Internet applications can easily be used with 100mbps (max), and then we're talking about tv, voip and Internet SIMULTANEOUSLY. Ofc, you could star streaming insane huge uncompressed video's and call in plain raw format while torrenting your favorite four Linux distros and you will saturate your line.
<sarcasm>But yes, 10gbps hardware is dirt cheap these days so actually all isps should upgrade their complete network, not to mention the transit uplinks and international backbones. Right? I'm pretty sure you all have high-end raid setups capable of pumping all that incoming data to your hard drives in seconds.</sarcasm>
So maybe the statement is more of "We can't" instead of "We don't want to", and he's just trying to give an explanation we all understand?

Oh and let's face it, provide your users with a higer cap and more bandwidth and you'll see more illegal activity. I know some providers who have to battle piracy to maintain network stability. And no we're not talking about some crappy isp, we're talking about long distance wireless data-communication and people still have the nerve to complain their movie is downloading to slow (they should actually be happy they can browse the web).
(Trust me, I do have experience in the isp field...)

lmao. awesome. The only use for exotic/fast cars is speeding too. Same with people who use a lot of power - they grow drugs...

Grow up and LOOK at how the US is shaping the internet to remove the 'basic cable TV' from the living room.. theres more streaming media sites that are free than I have TV stations on basic cable, best part is its all On-Demand.

Im also sure if the company does VOD, VoIP, or HD services they would enjoy being able to tap off this extremely fast speed too.

All hear say, nothing more. The article doesn't even name the pirate executive. Jack Sparrow? Was he born in Somalia? Must be with Comcast competition. Hope I am long gone before the "cloud" rains down on us all. South Korea +1

The point is 1gps may be deemed only good for piracy NOW but how does Captain dumbass know if we will need it in the future?

Back in the day dial up was pretty adequate because the content served was designed for its capability. Today, applications require faster and faster connections. Possibly we will be using 100GBps in the near fututre, maybe even TBs?

The point is, who cares. Make use of the fact you CAN offer a 1gbps service. People will pay for it, you make money. hell in NZ we pay more than $2 a gb, with my ISP its $50 NZD for 12GB ADSL.

People who back up their computers offsite could use the GBPS as well as a bunch of other things

Stupid blind progress halter

He has a point. Pretty much all of the things people listed would not make use of a 1GBps connection. There is absolutely no difference between watching a Netflix HD movie on a 1Gbps connection and a 50Mbps connection. A 2 hour movie is going to take exactly 2 hours to play on either connection. Same thing applies to VOIP, online gaming etc. A faster connection is useless in those cases as the extra bandwidth will not be used.

My dad once told me that I would never need more than 8MB of ram in my computer. This was back when the 486 was still king. My brother had just received a brand spanking new Hewlett Packard computer with a multimedia Compact Disk player. It was an amazing piece of hardware. Fast forward 20 years and my ram is now at 8GB. The reality is that you people don't see the use because your brains are thinking about what it can be used for today, not what it could be used for in the future. Imagine that all games are cloud based, you no longer store them in your computer but rather you run them in RAM but you download them in seconds rather than hours. Right now, the majority of HD video that is streamed is actually far inferior to the quality in a BD. Just watch any Netflix movie that is dark, the quality is absolutely ****ty. This is due to all the compression in order to be able to stream the content. What's going to happen when we have computer screens taking up entire walls, streaming several channels at once? And what about the ability to record those streams for viewing later on? Our data digestion has increased leaps and bounds, anyone saying there is no use for this type of speed is simply making the mistake my father made.

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