Excite@Home survival questioned
In this case, you (Excite) get nothing in return for such an enormous investment in this service, because you (Excite) didn't charge for the service. Sure, you can hide behind the beguiling argument that advertising is the source of your income, but try telling Salon.com about advertising, or even I-net Media.
When a service doesn't charge for their support, ANY and ALL profits are a direct inflation of the value of something that simply DOESN'T EXIST. Excite@home has no "Hard Equity" built up, besides a big building and lots of servers. What was it all for? Who were these people FOOLING?!
Come on' fellas, it was only a matter of time.
And THAT, was an opinion of Michael Morelli
As some know I dislike @home for several reasons, overbilling being one of them.
If they go under who is going to provide internet access for all these customers? I am glad I swiched to DSL.
Heck, the tech they sent out last time I moved did not know how to set up the modem in Windows 2000. I had to show him how to!!
Does Excite@home also control the AT&T@home cable modems? I know my area had AT&T and I think it may have been bought up by charter.
Charter could make a killing if they bid for Excite. That would be a monopoly in the internet market!
Having gone to a cable modem (AT&T area) in the past 3 weeks and, of course, to @home I'm concerned but anything will be better than what I had - dial-up with PacBell. I can't get DSL which is probably just as well since PacBell DSL is the pits if newsgroup reports are to be believed and it seems that third party providers, if stories are to be believed, are run ragged by PacBell's attempts to make it impossible for them to function.
The news report in this morning's paper says that AT&T (with a large investment in Excite@home)says that their customers will NOT be affected by it whatever happens to @home. I figure the worst that can happen will be the need to pay for a cheap minimal 3rd party ISP for an e-mail account until things get resolved. As long as I have the live internet access I can work with that or even use hotmail or yahoo or the like.
The cable modem is significantly faster for downloads than DSL in this area anyway. When I can download a 5 MB file in less than a minute I'm very pleased. Uploads are not bad but closer to DSL upload speeds.
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