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Balthazar
08 Jun 2011

Tennessee reference:
Those that choose to share their gigabit connection will now go to jail for doing what humans have done since the beginnings of human civilization ... sharing.
http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/06/02/new-tennessee-bill-makes-netflix-sharing-a-crime/
Share with your loved ones and you are a criminal! Lets bring back the VCR when sharing was legal.

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Michael Brose
08 Jun 2011

I live in the country, rural area. There has been fiber optic cable running past my house for years. I watched them put it in on Christmas day. I have a DSL modem, and I enjoy what I think is fast service. I know the fibre optic has to run into copper somewhere down the line, but what I have seems to work for me. Maybe internet speed is somewhat of a brag point. I do notice that the amount of users does slow things down some at certain times of the day.

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Douglas
08 Jun 2011

I had understood that because DSL came over a dedicated phone line, the transmission was not shared with or affected by neighbors, that the transmission ups and downs were therefore at the server end. The servers were the where the bottle neck resided. Yes I know the 18,000 foot distance limits with DSL and how my speed is partially determined by my distance from the CO. Also, I'm a bit wary of bundling too many services on a single technology. I have clients with ATT Uverse and have seen how disastrous it can be when the modem goes down. They were sunk in the water without the added cell phones ATT provided for just this scenario. Still you lose internet and TV.

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Bob
08 Jun 2011

I live in NE Ohio and have been interested in AT&T U-Verse because of the fiber optics. However AT&T informed me that they do not run fiber optic cable directly to someone's home in most cases. The fiber optic cable runs from a local sub-station down residential streets, but not from a street to a home. The exception to this is when new homes are built (a home development) they will provide fiber optic cable to each home in that development. Consequently, I've stayed with cable modem service.

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Ed Stewart
08 Jun 2011

Fiber optic has been almost available to me for over a year now, if Verizon would run the cable from the top of the hill down to my house a quarter mile away.

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chris
08 Jun 2011

I have Bigpond wireless. I really don't know if it is fast or slow. If it were faster I really do not know what difference it would make. It suits me in my dotage.

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Kathy
08 Jun 2011

I live in the mountains of Colorado and use a USB to connect to Verizon. It's expensive, but fairly fast, better than any dial up or cable that is had on the low lands.

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Dalma Smithy
08 Jun 2011

Great article - here in Australia,the Govt is implementing NBN, which run optic fiber cables presumably the length and breath of this vast Continent, at a cost of $ 36 B smackeroos. There have been numerous glitches with contractors, suppliers etc and not every citizen is happy with the PR exercise going on.
NBN states it will be the fastest carrier on the Planet. After reading your illuminating article, I have grievous doubts. Who is right Bob ?

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Lyman
09 Jun 2011

I use Earthlink Dial Up connected to my telephone line.Averages 39K to 44K {That is thousands-not M , as in Million. I do not subscribe to cable or satelite or cell phone services.It is good for E-Mail only and takes about 28 to 38 seconds to move to next E-Mail while Delete is in operation.
Since this computer is a Dell-Inspiron with Wirerless Internet conection , you know I am on my patio most of the time for Vidio and Voice.Only clouds and wind affect me. 1M to 11M.

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Danny
09 Jun 2011

I live in Queens NY. In my building we have Time Warner and RCN, we can't get verizon DSL for some reason. I saw Verizon people instaulling FIOS cable in the street, so I asume well have that option too. However,I really don't see the point in such fast speeds. I'm perfectly happy with my 5 Mbps RCN cable modem. I'm paying $17 a month. What will faster speed give me a few seounds for a file download? I doubt it will load web pages or stream faster because the speed is more limited on the server side.

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Sheila
09 Jun 2011

I always say stick with what you know. It's like blue ray taking over the DVD. Yikes! Plus, we don't get cab service where I live. So no thankee

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
09 Jun 2011

I have had DSL service, since March 2000 & am VERY pleased with it. Been checking into AT&T's U-verse, not available in my area. After reading your article, I will not be pursuing U-verse, now. Plus, I have friends that have U-verse & hate it.

About the only time, I have had bad problems, with my DSL, is when my modems have been 'going out', on me. Yes, there are times, when I can't get a good connection to the Internet. No problem, I simply 're-start' my modem & that usually corrects the issue. When that doesn't do it, I will call Tech Support.

After having DSL for over 11 years, I pretty much know how to 'handle' most issues. What I like most about DSL modems, is the Firewall. I have had both Westell & 2Wire modems & both of their Firewalls are easy to set-up & personalize. I do, prefer 2Wire, since I tend to have less issues with their modems.

Bottom line, speed is 'In the eye of the beholder'. When the 'trunks' are busy, meaning that everyone & their brother is trying is use the service, speeds will be slower. I have found the best time to check your average speed, is late at night. I use BroadbandReports.com, SpeedGuide.net & Speakeasy.net for this checking. By using all 3, I get a better picture of what my average speed is.

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Mark
09 Jun 2011

I have Verizon FiOS here in Northern VA. Fiber is run to the side of the house and converted there to copper. It's 3:00 p.m. and I'm getting 18mbps down and 5mbps up on a local Speakeasy speed test. I get better speed in the off hours. Internet, TV and phone are all on the fiber. Had it for more than a year and it's worked flawlessly.

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Ed
10 Jun 2011

Whenever you mention satellite internet ALWAYS mention the onerous data restrictions that come with satellite internet. Once you meet your quota, the service is throttled, way back to it seems dial up speeds. Modern web pages take forever to load. So forget YouTube, NetFlix, Hulu, etc.

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steven
12 Jun 2011

Fiber to the home is not new, I have had FIOS for about a year. Yes, it is very fast. On some websites(YouTube), the extra speed does not matter, the website is the slow part. It is the weakest link that matters.

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Hans
28 Jun 2011

Living in Sweden with DSL-speeds up to 28 MBit, I'm curious as to why some companies don't allow speeds over 6Mbit in the US.

I have the option of upgrading my cable from 25Mbit today up to 100Mbit when I need to (and up to 200 Mbit downtown).

Where in the states do I have to live to get that kind of speed?

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Richard
02 Jul 2011

Hi everyone,

I'm currently with Time Warner. I've read online how those of you who can get fios are happy with it. I wish I could, but since I'm in an AT&T area, Verizon won't come anywhere near here.

For those of you who think yes, I can get my own fiber line laid it isn't cheap. The cost is $1000 to run it from your house. Not counting the ONT Optical Network Terminal and battery. This gets higher because you have to run it in the air using power or utility poles.

The further you are from a fiber switch the more it costs. I was quoted by someone who does fiber drops $100 thousand per mile at the high end. I've told my ISP that they need to move away completely from Docsis 3 if they plan to compete and beat out FIOS.

Fiber Optic connections that are 100 mbps or 1 gbps symmetric are starting to appear in some parts of the US, but not here. They're mainly useful for online backups. Since with the best conditions you can transfer 1 gig of data in 10-25 seconds as opposed to 3-5 hours on dsl or some time less on 5 mbps upstream cable.

To not give everyone in the US access to 100 mbps symmetric at the least needs to be done or else we in the US will fall further behind other countries.

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TanMan
02 Jul 2011

I live in NJ and I have Optimum Ultra from Cablevision. It costs me $100/month, and I get 100mbs down and 15mbs up. My download speeds rarely get over 90mbs, but my upload always hits the full 15mbs. There are no data caps and I consistently use over 20GB/month. The only downside is they throttle P2P activity, although they say they don't.

Verizon has had FIOS in the area for a couple of years now but still not on my street yet. But even when (if) they do offer it, it'll cost me twice as much to get 50% more speed.

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Deke
02 Jul 2011

Here in the UK Virgin Cable has been using fibre optic for several years now, and once they started offering internet the junk mail started. Once a month regular as clockwork they offer me this month's special deal, and it always involves taking at least one other service, home 'phone, mobile 'phone, or cable TV.

I have a home 'phone, I get more than enough TV through the analogue aerial, and I do not want a mobile 'phone. Obviously the fibre optic internet is the big draw here.

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Tom
02 Jul 2011

We've had our EPB fiber optic since November and love it. Everyone we know that has it raves about it! We are so lucky!

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