1. They are in bed with media companies (NBC universal + Comcast proves it) – expect more of these mergers to come and prices to rise. Expect caps on data before the price drops and availability rises of world standard, ubiquitous internet connections.
2. Their plan has been to keep broadplan slow to keep us from “stealing” their content (yes they are working on aligning with big content so it’s truly in their best interest) while they work on ways to secure said content.
3. They are spending millions and millions and millions of dollars on a war to stifle innovation instead of proper Research and Development, competition and product improvement. The effect of this is driving away talented, brilliant immigrants from the USA and the “American Dream”
4. They don’t care about innovation nor their customers. They do not want you to have choice in the market or in their product line up. They want to limit your options and raise their premiums and profit margins.
5. We, as Americans are allowing companies to exist that under normal economic conditions should simply fade away and be replaced by companies that actually fuel consumer demand and are driven by it and thrive from it. Too big to fail is killing us economically.
6. Google has 43 billion in the bank and with some proper gov’t subsidies has the power to break this trend and is perhaps our only hope. Google Fiber is now in three US markets and hopefully more soon! They will give you “big cable” quality internet for free (if you eat the install fee), $70 per month Internet (fastest you can get in North America) and a Internet + TV package for $120 per month. Big Cable’s response to this? “People don’t want fast Internet”. Yes, we don’t want to pay $500 per month for faster Internet connections.
7. The FCC recently constructed a national broadplan plan which aims to have most US broadband connections upgraded to 100 mbps downstream. I don’t recall reading if there’s any inclusion of what upstream speed could be. A lot of places in the world now are on 160+ mbit bandwidth in 5-8 years they will easily be enjoying internet speeds that are 10 times what the US will being pushing for. Japan just announced 2 gbps internet. Vermont is serving up 1 gbps broadband internet for $35 per month.