Choosing Internet Connection Services - Best Options?

  • metta

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    Oct 30, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    So I have been using the same company for my internet connection for the last 9 years. I'm just wondering if there are better options than what I have right now.

    I use Charter Cable and currently pay $55/mo for 18 mbps download/ 2 mbps upload. That is just the charge for internet services on my bill. I also use Charter for my television. I could save quite a bit if I downgraded to 12mbps with one of their 24mo guarantee bundle plans but I hate the idea of downgrading to a slower connection.

    I'm curious to find out if anyone has found better options.

    Thanks in advance for the information
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    Oct 30, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    Do you know what other options are available in your area? What about through the phone company? That would be the first thing to check.

    Do you think you would really notice a difference between 18mbps and 12mbps? I have only 5mbps, and I can stream video or download large files just fine. It seems like overkill unless you are doing huge data transfers.

    Cable companies typically offer bundling plans that will save you money. You might be able to get a similar bundle if you go through your local phone company, like Verizon FIOS. It all depends on what is available where you live.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    I have Fios and it's awesome. Consistent and reliable. I'm paying $50 for 15/5 connection, and I'm not even fully utilizing the bandwidth. I could've gotten DSL but Fios was like $10 more and with more bandwidth, so I went with it.

    It all depends on what you do online. You can get away with a 3 Mbps connection if all you do is web surf, email, cam, stream music, and watch YouTube videos. If you stream higher resolution content like Netflix or Hulu, then you'll ideally want 5 - 10 Mbps connection. If you're a heavy downloader, then get the fastest connection you're willing to pay.

    I've never been a fan of internet from cable companies. I hear too many complaints about outages and inconsistent speeds, and of course bandwidth throttling. I'd much rather have the reliability of a slower DSL line, then take a gamble with a cable connection. Of course, individual results may vary. If you've been happy with your cable service, then stick with it.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    cox is really good if you have that in your area, don't go with AT&T i have it now.... it sucks! Um try comcast heard that it's pretty expensive but worth it.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    newkid901 saidcox is really good if you have that in your area, don't go with AT&T i have it now.... it sucks! Um try comcast heard that it's pretty expensive but worth it.


    UVerse?

    Once we figured out I needed to switch to a new pair of wires leading to the house, it actually became reliable. It worked great for me then.

    Or is this something else.

    The OPs data plan resembles what I have up here in Seattle. But, I just have data.

    I can't complain, especially since I can't get FIOS where I'm at.

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    Oct 30, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Verizon Fios is excellent. I pay $69.99/mo for 25/25. Price is without phone service. I consistently get this performance, and it does not degrade if my neighbors are active. Could not get the Verizon site to show the plans and costs, but this looks accurate:

    https://www.ncnetwork.net/Residential/FiOSInternet/Plans/Plans.htm
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Oct 30, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    I pay only $14.99 for AT&T DSL. It is slower but really I don't notice it on a daily basis.
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    I just got Clear 4G, it's fairly reliable (the snowstorm just knocked it out for a short while here in PA), and it's mobile. Prices are similar to what you're paying right now.
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidI just got Clear 4G, it's fairly reliable (the snowstorm just knocked it out for a short while here in PA), and it's mobile. Prices are similar to what you're paying right now.


    Do you have a data cap?

    Relatives in Houston TX discovered this just in time for the second hurricane with Verizon's MiFi adaptor. If you live in an area that sees interesting weather, the cell network is designed to stay hot for voice while the cable network is not...

    Lets just say the Starbucks opened back up two days before the cable for TV and data returned.

    Now, all they need is a natural-gas powered generator... B-)
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    No cap (the capped rate is lower)...although I swear they turn my download rate lower at certain hours.
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    I am paying $40 and thought I was getting raped by ATT. I guess not based on what some of you guys pay.
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    Oct 31, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidNo cap (the capped rate is lower)...although I swear they turn my download rate lower at certain hours.


    Even with cablemodems, the performance gets bogged down after 3PM because the kids are home and they do stuff. But, it is challenging to figure out if the bottleneck is near your house or on the opposite end near the web server you are accessing.

    WiMax can carry a huge amount of data, especially when you are sitting still and not moving around. But, you are sharing a hardware resource. Regardless of provider, it is common to be constrained by speed during peak times by the land network that connects base stations to the internet.

  • metta

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    Oct 31, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidVerizon Fios is excellent. I pay $69.99/mo for 25/25. Price is without phone service. I consistently get this performance, and it does not degrade if my neighbors are active. Could not get the Verizon site to show the plans and costs, but this looks accurate:

    https://www.ncnetwork.net/Residential/FiOSInternet/Plans/Plans.htm


    That sounds like the best option so far but I can't get fios in my area yet.

    I heard that in Tokyo, you can get 100 mbps in residential homes.
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidVerizon Fios is excellent. I pay $69.99/mo for 25/25. Price is without phone service. I consistently get this performance, and it does not degrade if my neighbors are active. Could not get the Verizon site to show the plans and costs, but this looks accurate:

    https://www.ncnetwork.net/Residential/FiOSInternet/Plans/Plans.htm


    That sounds like the best option so far but I can't get fios in my area yet.

    I heard that in Tokyo, you can get 100 mbps in residential homes.


    You may want to see if Fios is still being expanded in your area.

    The Seattle market is *very* weird because of the cable franchise agreement with the city. The Verizon wireline business is now Frontier.