31 Jan 15 – Are you happy with your home broadband speed?

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  • #3131
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    I’ve got Greenlight, so… YEAH! How about you?

    #3133

    Racerbob
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    You stink Nick. (Just Kidding) We want Greenlight in Webster for sure. Could you kindly send them in our direction ? How many people work for Greeenlight ? How many decades will it be before they get this county wired ?

    I am for the most part happy with Time Warner’s Extreme Speed level of 30 down and 5 up. And Time Warner service in my neighborhood it pretty solid with no noted slowdowns. The best that Frontier can give me is 6/1 and I live within spitting distance of one of their DSLAM units. About a mile and a half from here they actually are offering 24 megs down. I am not sure about the upload speed.

    #3134

    ScreenScream
    Participant

    Questions:

    First: Why does it say “Comments are closed” below when they are not and never are? 😉

    Second: I have no idea how fast or slow my connection is, so I didn’t answer the poll. I figured a random guess would defeat the purpose of the poll. If I had to guess, I’d say our speed averages about 13,425 miles per second. Definitely not as fast as the speed of light, but if I compare turning on a light to the load of a webpage, they can (on a really good day) somewhat remotely resemble each other.

    (Most of the time not, however, hence the skewed average).

    Lastly, I would be willing to go lengths to get Greenlight to Webster/Penfield as well, including illegal endeavors if that’s what it takes. I was thinking kidnapping a technician or similar. Please contact me at getgreenlightnow@geemail.com if interested.

    Love,

    A Time Warner Hater
    (for their lousy TV options and sleezy rate hikes more than anything else)

    (Ooops! Was that too controversial? Am I not allowed to hate Time Warner? Or was it, darn it, the fact that I referenced my willingness to kidnap someone…)

    ;p

    #3135

    RChandra
    Participant

    The service is OK, but way overpriced. How is it they can offer the same service for $15/mo., but that’s only a promotional rate? My bill (less taxes etc.) is a shade under 4x that. Yeah, yeah…supposedly a loss leader, I guess. What I would really like is FiOS. It is offered here, but is even MORE expensive.

    #3136

    Racerbob
    Participant

    Well spread the wealth a little…you think that Frontier is an outstanding organization ? I just checked again… 6 megs down is all I can get from them and I can only get their lowest price if I agree to having a landline from them also. No thanks Frontier. I do not need a landline. The same applies to Time Warner. Stop offering me packages that includes a phone.

    Unlike you ScreenScream, I do know what speed I am paying for and what speed I am actually receiving here in my home. Those sort of things are important to me. I have no arguments with Time Warner because I personally manage one way or another to keep my costs down with them. $111 a month total bill for the services we have with them is perfectly within our means. Would we switch to Greenlight ? You bet. Will they ever come to my neighborhood ? I doubt. So we are held hostage by TW because right now they are the only game in our neck of the woods. Can hardly wait until Comcast takes over.

    #3137

    HotDawg
    Participant

    Well, I’m on Time Warner, and my speeds check, very consistently, at just over 15 megs down, and slightly over 1 meg up. I guess, for what I do, that is sufficient. For those that want to check their speeds, I use http://speedtest.net. And, if you are on TW, one of the two servers available in Syracuse is hosted by TW. So, I always test with that one.

    For years I was with Frontier. They were selling me what was supposed to be 10 meg down, but I was far under that. Gradually the speeds worked up to around 7, which I thought was OK since the modem had a 8 meg cap. Then suddenly the speeds dropped back to 3 meg — and very consistent. Talking to the sales people confirmed I was paying for 10 down, they turned me over to the technical support. There I found they had me, and everybody else, provisioned for 3.6, and that wasn’t going to change.

    If Greenlight ever gets out here, I am on their ‘waiting’ list. I am sure their fiber line will go by on the pole at the end of the driveway, but don’t know if they would be interested in tapping one customer off it.

    #3138
    Christian
    Christian
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    I pay $40/mo with Frontier. It’s actually AT&T’s U-Verse (fiber-optic) infrastructure but Frontier recently bought it. So far, nothing’s changed, which is a good thing. I’ve kept the same speed (3/1) from back when I had DSL. I’m sure faster service are a better value in terms of Mbps/$, but like the 25¢ upgrades at the movie theater, I’d still be paying *more*, and with the stuff that I do, I don’t notice the speed. I’m happy with the service because 1) my IP address never changes even though I’m not paying for static 2) I get the advertized speeds, sometimes even a bit above and 3) it has been very reliable. I’ve also recently discovered that my service supports IPv6, though I haven’t used it yet.

    #3155

    gmd3006
    Participant

    According to the FCC, DSL is not fast enuf to be called broadband.

    I’ve got DSL, and had a tech out to my house to tune it up. He got it up to 2.9 Mbits. I’m not pleased, but I’m too much of a tightwad to go to TW. And uploading is only 10% of that.

    I don’t put anything in any sort of “Cloud” that’s way too slow.

    #3159

    Racerbob
    Participant

    With the $14.98 a month plan from TW you will get 3 megs down and 1 meg up and it will be a higher quality experience than what you see with your DSL being “tuned” up to 2.9 megs.

    I checked again last night. I can still only get 6 megs from Frontier where we live. I checked my parent’s address in Irondequoit and they can get 6, 12 or 24 Mbps plans from Frontier, so their area has received the new speed. Someone I know called Frontier yesterday…now listen to this… They told him that sometime this year that parts of Rochester including Webster where I live, will be getting 50/10 and 100/15 speed internet. $44.95 a month price lock for three years for 50/10 and $84.95 a month for 100/15. I will believe it when I see it.

    #3161

    RChandra
    Participant

    A lot of that has to do with what technology is there. If the nearby DSLAM is of the G.DMT variety, it will top out at about 8/1, and was very common a decade ago. ADSL2, 2+, or VDSL have more capacity. Also keep in mind that just because a CO is close does not mean the cables go straight towards you. Every now and then, the cabling takes a circuitous route, and the wire length (EWL) is much longer than the straight run would be.

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