Eircom and ‘next-generation’ broadband
Price gouging comes to Dublin
eircom today have announced their “Next Generation Broadband” promising speeds of up to 8MB to all subscribers, they claim to have also finally addressed the contention issue (which they call congestion). What is not in the headlines is the subtle but important change from a speed based model to a usage based model of charging.
Let us be clear on this announcement, this is neither Next Generation anything nor will 8 MB be delivered to the vast majority of hapless consumers. While IrelandOffline welcome the attention to the important issue of contention we feel this announcement is nothing more than “window dressing”.
The phrase “Next Generation” alludes to the next generation of broadband products usually delivered by Fibre, this most certainly is not anything like that. This is purely “marketing speak” as almost everything else remains exactly the same.
The only thing “Next Generation about this product is the charging policy. This is a 200% increase on the average user’s bill for those who can least afford it. This product is only Dublin based for the moment.
Usage based charging
This is yet another attack on the hard pressed telecommunications consumers of Ireland. Not only do they have to endure the highest line-rental on the planet they now have to endure a €2 charge for each Gigabyte they go over their paltry caps. For instance the “Broadband Basic” has a minuscule 10GB cap barely enough for the average “tech savy” family.
In reality this package will cost €50 for all but the lightest users. That’s €50 + line rental making the total €75.36 per month. This is hardly a giant leap forward it’s more like a gigantic leap into the dark past and into your wallet.