Best Internet Service in Los Angeles

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    Aug 26, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    Weird question -- I get into my new apartment tomorrow and I need to set up internet service. Who is the best service to go with?
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    Aug 26, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    If your area has it, Verizon Fios has extremely fast packages.
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    Aug 26, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    no complaints about time warner.
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    Aug 26, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
    You're limited to the whatever cable or telco monopoly services your area. I believe ATT provides phone services in Culver City. So you can get DSL through them. And I think Comcast is the cable provider for that city. So you can get cable internet through them instead.

    Go to each of their websites and punch in your address to find out.
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    Aug 26, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
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    Get internet and WiMAX for one low price when you get a WiMAX enabled phone that shares internet with up to eight devices.

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    Aug 26, 2010 9:08 AM GMT
    xrichx saidYou're limited to the whatever cable or telco monopoly services your area. I believe ATT provides phone services in Culver City. So you can get DSL through them. And I think Comcast is the cable provider for that city. So you can get cable internet through them instead.

    Go to each of their websites and punch in your address to find out.

    I can get Time Warner/Roadrunner (Cable) or AT&T (DSL). Maybe this other company called AerioConnect, but I'm not sure what the deal is with that.

    AT&T is only $20 a month, but that's because of the outrageous $200 installation fee. So over the course of a year, when the introductory price runs out, it works out to being $36 a month. Time Warner would be about $40 a month, of course the installation is free.

    So...buttons, I guess. There's really no difference. Except that cable tends to run a little bit faster. But I guess that's what the $4 difference pays for.
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    Aug 26, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    Verizon FIOS leaves the competition way behind in its FTTP (Fiber To The Premise) technology, a rock-solid, 5-9s telco reliability, technology. At our place, we have two 2.4Gbps FIOS ONTs (Optical Network Terminals). (A business circuit and a residential circuit.)

    Unlike return channel radio (i.e. cable), FIOS doesn't have issue with weather, nor congestion, nor does Verizon do traffic shaping (something Comcast has gotten in trouble for doing). FIOS also has highly trained folks way above folks like the cable company, and the FIOS install is superb.

    If FIOS is offered in your area, it's the hands-down winner for speed, reliability and customer service. It runs CIRCLES around cable and is very much more reliable.

    DSL, and FTTC (offered by ATT's U-VERSE) runs on tiny wires using 60 year old facilities in many cases. They are problematic, at best, and if you're downloading something you may, or may not, be able to get a HDTV signal. The wire is simply too small, is subject to EMF (interference) and has problems when it gets wet or struck by lightning. DSL is a better than cable, and U-verse may, or may not, be as good as DSL depending on how the system is managed in the area you are in, distance, and other factors with ATT which has HORRIBLE customer service.

    Cable modems use a return channel in the CB band that is susceptible to interference (a curse on the technology), and cable has frequent outages with splicing and weather, as well as sub-standard customer service. Lots of times, the person on the other end of the phone with the cable company is a certifiable idiot.

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    In the picture above the ONTS are on the bottom. The fiber looks like a black string, and comes out the bottom. The units on top, on each side, are the battery packs for emergency power. Note that the Verizon install has stuff fastened to the wall, and looking nice. Our business circuit is on the right, and our residential circuit is on the left.

    Most times, Verizon will offer a free install, and / or, a discounted rate.

    We monitor our FIOS every 15 seconds, 24 hours a day. It's been down 1 time in 4 years for about 4 hours, and 2 other times for LESS than 15 seconds...EVER. It's that good.
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    Aug 26, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    Yeah, the Verizon FIOS is more expensive though. $55 a month over $40 for cable. $180 bucks a year I'd save.
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    Aug 27, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    Are you sure about the installation fee? I don't think I've ever heard of any DSL provider charging an installation fee. Maybe a $30 activation fee. But definitely not $200.

    Get whatever makes sense for your needs. Oddly enough, my cable company charges $50 a month for internet only. But if you buy the cable TV + internet package, it's like $60 for both services.

    I'm quite happy with my Verizon DSL. I pay $30 a month for 3Mbps. It's the right price point I want to pay, for the amount of bandwidth that I need. Plus, I enjoy the reliability and consistency that DSL offers.