Pretty much agree with what phr said above.
On adsl2+ 14Mb/s and don't expect fiber, or even FTTN anytime soon (in SF, 6500' from CO, underground cables).
Don't want/need Dish. Don't want/need landline. What I do want is bandwidth. I'd guess that many are in the same boat.
Currently getting by, but the increasing ubiquity of streaming/remote services/ect. means 14Mb/s is starting to feel tight. Now I'm going to become a subsidy source for services I may never see. I've never heard of any ISP raising prices on an established product. That's generally not how tech works. I realize that ISPs have real infrastructure costs, but this does seem like a cash crunch move and invokes concern for Sonic's business model (but I hope I'm wrong).
Here's the thing: Currently, I'm paying ~$53/mo for 14Mb, that's about ~$3.80/Mb. Cable will give me 55/100/250Mb for $90/100/110, about ~$1.63/1.00/0.44/Mb*. So we're talking almost an order of magnitude advantage in the best case. Yes, I can upgrade to X2, but thats still only around ~$2.61/Mb under the new pricing.
* Cable numbers are a la carte, no intro discounts, extra 20$ uncap fee, and allowing ~10% for fees.
$/Mb is a, if not the, core metric of this business from the consumer end, and for non fiber customers like myself you are losing. For 4 years I've been happy to pay more as competitors have ramped up speeds.
When I left the consumer hostile mendacity of AT&T, it felt like being released from prison. I love Sonic. Love the service. Love the privacy and ethics. Love the direct communication with management. love having a static IP. Love using my own hardware (umm... not for long the way things are going - zing!). Yes, if I switch I'm losing all this and upping my bill, and I know there are hidden/intangible costs, fine print fuckery, and submission to the dark side, but the overall value proposition becomes more compelling every day, and now it's going to get even worse.
So, I'm ranting, but I'm also disappointed. Mostly in a competitive and regulatory environment that enables this bullshit, but also with Sonic. I'm sure Dane understands the realities of this situation better than any of us, but don't piss on me and tell me it's raining - or that I can pay more for Dish to increase value. Don't bury an increase announcement in the forums, the day after Christmas, that most customers will never see until it shows up on their recurring CC bill that they won't read. This is what the other guys do.
I'm not cancelling my service and switching, but I do think about it.
DOCSIS3.1 is coming.