Earlier this month, Aaron Epstein spent $10,000 to purchase an advert in The Wall Road Journal to inform AT&T’s CEO he wasn’t glad along with his web service — service that was restricted to a paltry 3Mbps (via Ars Technica). Now, AT&T has him hooked up with a fiber connection, and he’s getting over 300 Mbps up and down. All it took was getting interviewed by Ars, the ad going viral on Twitter, and a Stephen Colbert mention.
In his advert, the North Hollywood, CA resident says he’s been an AT&T buyer for 60 years (and backs it up with a @pacbell.web e-mail tackle), and says he’s upset that the corporate isn’t maintaining with rivals relating to his space’s web. Lower than two weeks later, AT&T techs had him connected, although the corporate says it was a part of a deliberate rollout. That’s an announcement which will belong within the “doubtful” class.
It’s definitely good for Epstein that his advert labored, particularly given how a lot it value. However it’s been estimated that there are millions of Americans who don’t have entry to any entry to residence web in any respect, not to mention broadband (which itself is arguably not fast enough), they usually can’t all afford advertisements within the WSJ. Moreover, that definitely looks like a trick that may solely work as soon as, particularly provided that it could solely work for one family at a time — Ars Technica wasn’t able to get a straight answer about whether or not Epstein’s neighbors can be getting quicker service anytime quickly.
Sure, this can be a success story: Epstein was in a position to get AT&T, a goliath telecom firm, to put in fiber to his home. He even obtained a name from AT&T CEO John Stankey himself. However even these of us who do have respectable web are struggling with data caps, ISPs that don’t actually compete, and don’t even seem to have a clear picture of what their own networks are capable of.
If something, this story highlights how little energy the general public has relating to their web entry — if you might want to have $10,000 to publicly humiliate your ISP, we’re doing one thing fallacious.