I live in Greensboro, NC and have been using Time Warner for my internet, TV and phone for over a decade. Before TWC, there was Cablevision which brought Greensboro one of the very first digital packages in the industry in the early 90's. Since TWC purchased Cablevision, innovation has come to a screeching halt over the last decade. Greensboro is a city of about 250,000 and is most famous for the Woolworth's lunch counter civil rights protest and home of the ACC headquarters and tournament.

A small privately held communications company in neighboring city of High Point, once known as the furniture capital of the world, is bringing Gigabit cable service to the city. Yesterday, crews began to build out the network along the main street that goes past our neighborhood. I didn't count, but there were at least 100 workers along a small stretch of road leading past my neighborhood digging and burying cable for this new service. My street has already been marked with flags along the easements of homes for the fiber to be buried, so I'm super excited that in the next 12 months, my home will finally join the Gigabit world.

What is surprising to me the most, is that TWC has sat on its ass, with its billions of dollars, while a small upstart provider is making the investment to bring Gigabit to our neighborhood and city. Soon, TWC is going to lose thousands of households to tiny Northstate Communications and it can't happen soon enough. This wasn't possible without forward leadership of city "fathers". Lobby your city government to push for the infrastructure upgrades or it likely won't happen.

Take a look at the speeds. I currently have TWC's Roadrunner "Turbo" at 20Mbs download and 1 Mbs upload, which is the fastest TWC has in Greensboro: