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Managing Expectations

October 12th, 2012

I love movies, and since I was a kid I’ve been a big fan of the James Bond franchise.

But, I didn’t find great enjoyment from Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan’s last Bond flick. It was too preposterous, too absurd. So far, it’s the only Bond film I’ve seen only once. Must have something to do with that invisible car.

For me, Casino Royale was a welcome reboot for the series. The gadgets were reasonable, the story plausible, and the acting (with new Bond Daniel Craig) delightful. It was nice to see a return to…er, reality. I was eager to see where the series would go in the coming years with Mr. Craig as 007.

But, as far as I was concerned, Quantum of Solace was a disappointment. Maybe my expectations were too high, but it just didn’t seem to hit the mark. There were some fun bits, but it didn’t feel cohesive, but rather a movie made up of various, disparate scenes and then poorly assembled (with a wimpy villain, to boot).

We now wait with anticipation for Skyfall, due in four weeks. I’m personally running the risk of going into it with my expectations too high, again, but the available previews leave me no alternative. I can’t help myself! This looks like an exceptional chapter in the Bond story. I only hope my expectations are met, or exceeded.

It has to be tough for movie companies–trying to generate excitement for their movies while at the same time not overpromising. That has to be a tough balancing act. Quantum of Solace is surely not the first movie that didn’t live up to my expectations.

It must be just as tough for CenturyLink and Comcast to deal with broadband expectations. When customers sign up for Comcast’s 20/4 Mbps connection, they expect, not surprisingly, download speeds of 20 Mbps and upload speeds of 4 Mbps. But, depending on the demand placed on the network, those speeds can dramatically dip. Or, if you’re using “too much” data, your ISP will likely throttle your bandwidth. The same will likely happen if you’re watching James Bond or anything else on Netflix.

With UTOPIA’s fiber network, you’ll get a consistent network experience. Your UTOPIA connection is a dedicated line. That means you aren’t sharing it with all the other bandwidth hogs in the neighborhood. When you get home from work and need to use the Internet, you’ll enjoy all the bandwidth you need and depend on.

And, it’s not often you find a connection that offers upload speed as fast as the download speed, but that’s another benefit fiber provides. Fiber meets your expectations, every time.

That’s a blockbuster!