New internet service

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  1. Stefan

    Stefan Active Member

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    I’ve been living in the sticks since 2003 and have only been able to use dial up, satellite, and 3g/4g for Internet. 4g at my house is abysmal and since 2003 have been unable to watch YouTube for any sort of extended time and have done no streaming. Before 2003 I was spoiled for about 3-4 years with Comcast cable internet. Before that - dial up.

    So, imagine my glee when about 1 month ago I see the Armstrong (local cable company)truck on my road putting wires on the poles. I pulled over and asked if we were actually going to get cable and internet here and he said yes! Got home from a brief vacation 2 days ago and saw signs on my street saying Armstrong is here - call to setup. Of course I called immediately and beginning this Wednesday, I should be setup with 300Mbps speed with a 2 TB limit. Pretty excited. This wait is going to worse than any UPS truck wait I ever had :).

    Just wanted to share!

    Stefan
     
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    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    Just curious - what's their pricing structure?
     
  3. Mike B

    Mike B Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Good for you! Slow internet sucks.
     
  4. Stefan

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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY. $200 a month for gig internet? Yikes.
     
  6. Stefan

    Stefan Active Member

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    What’s the usual price for that? They pretty much have a monopoly here. This is the only way to get actual high speed internet.
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    There are a lot of mini monopolies (like at the neighborhood/development level) or practical monopolies everywhere. I can TECHNICALLY get COX or Century Link but CL top speed is like Cox lowest speed so its not really competition. With that said, Gigabit from COX here in Omaha is closer to $150 I think. Its $99 a month for the first twelve but since they're assfuckers like most cable companies I literally can't find the price for outside of the special offer.
     
  8. Stefan

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    Yeah, I just checked xfinity which is the only other company in the area (not on my road). They are $90 for 12 months of gig and don’t say what it is thereafter. Well, hopefully 300 will work for my household.

    Stefan
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    I'm on 300/30 megs and I'm a power user, its fine. Gig here is actually Cox "Gigablast" which is just fast cable internet. Its 1000/50. True Gig would be fiber and 1000/1000.
     
  10. Stefan

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    Current speed - today’s a good day. I usually get 1-3.

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  11. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member

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    That excellent news. Welcome to a decade ago. Hopefully it will make you feel young again too.
     
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    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    This is what I'm getting for about $180 but that includes a $50 "unlimited data" upcharge. So for a non-power user that speed would be about $130.

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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I pay $200 a month for shitty 200M DSL here in the East Phoenix valley, which is cheaper than what the cable company wants for the same service.
     
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    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor

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    I feel pretty fortunate. I get 100/100 service for $39/mo from Frontier (previously Verizon).

    500/500 is available in a bundle, IF you are in an area with the newest infrastructure.
     
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    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    Depending upon how many devices may be on-line at a time, you may be able to get away with 100mb/sec.
     
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    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    I am jealous! I get 3.9mb/sec for $39.95 with Xfinity. As an old customer they will give me 15mb/sec for $49.95. But for new customers 60mb/sec is $34.95.FiOS is not much better. What we need in my county is more competition, we have a duopoly with Xfinity and FiOS.
     
  17. Dustin B

    Dustin B Well-Known Member

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    Canada isn't doing too bad then. All prices are in CAD which is currently worth 0.75 USD and none of these plans have data caps. 600 down 20 up is $100 promotional and $112 regular right now from Shaw. 300/15 is promotional $60 and regular $102. I'm currently paying $56 for 75/7.5 (getting just over 80/8 when tested) after going through their retention department the last time.
     
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  18. Dustin B

    Dustin B Well-Known Member

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    Unless you are streaming 4k you can get away with a lot less than that. Most services HD streams are under 5mbps. So a 30mbit service could easily do 4 streams.

    And just because you can speed test to these massive speeds doesn't mean you are ever really using them. Unless you are downloading large files or doing multiple 4k streams. Regular web browsing will never come even close to using your full bandwidth. Especially since most websites aren't capable of providing data to you that quickly. People always forget it doesn't matter how good your connection is if the server can't upload that fast.
     
  19. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Internet should really be utilitized IMO.
     
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