From the FUD Department: Qwest's Fiber Pipe Dreams

Get your Reality Distortion Fields ready: the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Qwest is planning on building fiber. Despite the catchy headline, it looks like this plan is a lot of smoke and no fire. Qwest plans to build a FTTN network capable of 20Mbps by the end of the year at a cost of $300M. Compare that to UTOPIA who can do 50Mbps right now at a cost 10% cheaper per household served.

This raises some great questions, chiefly how it is that UTOPIA can build a better network at a lower cost than one of the country's largest telecommunications companies. Qwest's cost per served household is somewhere in the range of $1500 while UTOPIA is doing it for $1350. When you figure out the cost per megabit per household, Qwest is spending nearly triple what UTOPIA is. If Qwest stockholders are expecting a decent return on investment, I've got some great investment opportunities in subprime mortgages for them. This is further proof that Qwest just doesn't get it.

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5 Responses to From the FUD Department: Qwest's Fiber Pipe Dreams

  1. LOL!

    It isn’t only the internet speed that makes Utopia desirable…it is the GREAT customer service.


  2. This should be an interesting listen for us internet users:

  3. John says:

    I enjoyed how they left out upstream data rates. Still I wish them luck, it would be better than what they offer now. Qwest DSL is the only option I have.

    Even though I live in a Utopia city (Riverton), I have the feeling it will be a cold day in hell before I see fiber to my door.

  4. u235sentinel says:

    I don’t get it. first they are then they aren’t now they are going to build out fiber.

    So which is it Qwest?

    Geez. Talk about confused.

  5. john havey says:

    Is it just coincidence that this announcement comes when city councils have to vote on re-bonding?

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