Re: Seems they've forgotten what "broadband" actually means
>>Vermin Media and BT in the UK have redefined 'fibre optic' to mean 'partly fibre optic but there's copper cable for the last bit to your house'
American Theft and Thoughtlessness (AT&T) does very much the same thing with their uVerse offering, its fiber to the SAI or whatever they call the cabinets for it (it would be an SAI for DSL and PSTN, so I'm assuming they use the same terminology). They market it as fiber optic but except in very limited circumstances your "last mile" is going to be copper.
I well and truly hate that company, there is no reason whatsoever that a connection that requires no digging or replacement of their equipment should cost $500 even before the equipment deposits and that's exactly what they wanted to charge me. I have pretty good credit, not the best but I don't have a foreclosure and my revolving non-student debt's under $5k so the deposits wouldn't have been much, but attempting to extort 500 bucks out of me to make up for the lack of deposits I'd have to pay before even using the service is insane. I laughed at the salesman who was trying to sell me on it, because I thought he was joking. He wasn't.
I wish FPL offered access to their fiber optic network for consumers, as they're one of the few public utilities that doesn't fuck up that often (at least they've never had their techs cause so much damage to the containment buildings at their two nuke plants that led to the closure of a reactor like Florida Power/Duke Energy did at Crystal River 3) and has fairly good customer service, but the Cable and telecom companies have successfully managed to swindle the state into not letting them sell directly to anyone but other large businesses.