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dakuda 05-01-2009 06:48 PM

Internet options?
Comcast wants to charge me $60 since I have no TV service, and the best AT&T can do is $20/month for a slow connection.

There is a local place that can do wireless, but their next available install appointment is Saturday - next week.

Are there any options that I have not thought of?

glennjanie 05-01-2009 10:04 PM

Hello Dakuda:
There aren't many options out there. I use the highest speed AT&T service and am not completely satisfied with the speed. I can't tell that it is any quicker than their second to the lowest level. Wish there was something encouraging I could tell you, sorry.

Jim McClain 05-02-2009 02:23 AM

I use AT&T too, but I live all the way over in California (the real Northern California). The DSL service has 2 tiers and I started with the lower priced one. It was relatively fast, but I am a speed freak, so several months ago I upgraded to the quicker and better. Problem is, it ain't that quicker or better and not worth the 6 bucks a month more.

Speed is relative in DSL though. I think it partly depends on how close you are to the main frame (or data center or whatever they call it now - I was a comm specialist in Nam and we called it the main frame). What is the promised speed that AT&T is offering? If you don't have TV service from Comcast, do you have some other TV service? Like a satellite dish? Does that company offer a decent connection?

I've been online since 1992. I started with a 14,4 modem and it wasn't too awfully long ago I had a 56K modem. I used to have this wireless modem thing on the roof of my house that was blazingly fast. I moved and now my best option is AT&T. It's only a little slower than the other thing, but upload speeds suffer even more.



rickdi 05-02-2009 11:04 AM

What about local services, such as the library?

dakuda 05-02-2009 11:39 AM

I think I am going with the wireless service. They will install an antenna on my house and run the wires for $100, the service is $45. I am pretty close to their tower and it is 4Mbps. I can upgrade the upload speeds to 4Mbps for $5 more. I don't upload that much though. Regardless, this should be faster than what I have been using for the past couple years.

The fastest DSL that I can get is the slowest they offer - 768k.

Nestor_Kelebay 05-02-2009 07:31 PM

I must be the only one on the continent still on dial-up.

dakuda 05-03-2009 11:08 AM

That is very likely. :)

I don't even have phone service, so dialup would be interesting.

Boyle 05-11-2009 08:28 PM

What was comcasts offer to give you a bundle? sometimes its the same price for tv and internet.

dakuda 05-11-2009 08:37 PM

I wound up going with my cell phone company. For $15/month, they let me use my cell phone as a modem.

It works well enough, considering I hope to not be in this house for too much longer.

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