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[ale] OT: How fast is your connection, and how much do you pay?



Up until several days ago, I was paying $50/mo. for DIRECTV DSL. Their
gateway allowed for either a USB or an Ethernet hookup to your desktop, it
only required a DHCP request from the desktop, and the IP address assignment
was static. And 150 KB/sec (or 1.5 Mbps) was typical. And back when it was
known as Telocity, they explicitly pointed out their support for Linux.

Unfortunately, something happened on the way to the DSLAM, and all of a
sudden my gateway wouldn't connect, except late at night when I'd have
extremely intermittent service. BellSouth came out and said their wiring
was all good, but I noticed that they've been messing around with the
neighborhood box lately. I'm thinking that's the problem, but try telling
BellSouth that. Anyway, DIRECTV said they'd rewire my residence, but if it
fixed the problem they'd charge me $150. Being out of a job for the past few
months, I didn't think I could justify it, so I regretfully cancelled my DSL
last Friday.

So now I'm paying $10/mo. for PPP dialup through Hawk Communications. And
either because my modem is pre-V.90 K56flex, or due to the same wiring
problem that affected my DSL, I can only get 28.8 Kbps. Major fsckage.

On Thu, Mar 21, 2002 at 08:36:28PM -0500, ChangingLINKS.com wrote:
> I am paying like $70 per month for my AT&T Broadband connection. The  
> connection drops like 2-10 times per day, and my download speed ranges from 
> 17K - 200K/sec.  It averages at about 110K. I would like to switch providers, 
> but I want to know what the REAL download times will be before I switch.
> I figure a survey might help us all. I am particularly interested in knowing 
> how fast the BellSouth connection is (although I really don't want to use 
> that PPPOE I like how the AT&T connection works right after install).

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