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Old 02-14-2009, 12:24 PM   #21
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Actually, at $10/mo my ATT DSL service is cheaper than the $14.95/mo I was paying AOL for dial-up.
Plus you're not tying up a phone line. The cost of a dedicated phone line and AOL dial-up is comparable to a high-speed broadband connection.

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Old 02-14-2009, 03:26 PM   #22
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I have had all types of internet services, usually going with whatever is fastest, since it was necessary for my 24x7 support requirements at work. I've done (leaving out the various dinosaur technologies) DSL, cable with Comcast, Cox, Mediacom (current), and FiOS. The only service that ever supplied what they advertised was FiOS. Quite often I got somewhat faster speeds than what I was paying for. I'll tell you, going from the FiOS 30MB service to this Mediacom 10MB-promised/4.5MB-actual service sucked. Especially for the same price. But you get used to it.

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Old 02-14-2009, 04:34 PM   #23
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FIOS would be cool, but I'm not holding my breath for it. It's actually quite surprising we have DSL. And north of the river that bisects this town, they don't even have that.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:09 AM   #24
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I know this sounds like ISP apology-speak, but your cable internet speeds will be affected by not only your traffic, but also everyone else on the street who is using the connection, and your DSL internet speed will be affected by the distance (along the wire, not as the crow flies) from your house to the box where your DSL originates (central office or satellite station). So since everyone doesn't live in the same house, your ISP can't offer everyone the same service. They choose to call their service "Up to 10 MBPS" service rather than "At least 3 MBPS" service because it sounds better. Maybe they should call it "3-10 MBPS depending on where you live and who else is online" service.

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