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Over Two-Thirds of U.S. Broadband Internet Connections aren't actually Broadband!

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by newtekie1, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. newtekie1

    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    http://gizmodo.com/5711923/over-two...ernet-connections-arent-technically-broadband

    I blame this on the DSL providers. In my area, AT&T offers 4 DSL package, and none actually qualifies as Broadband. The lowest package, which is $9.95 a month, is only 768Kb/s download 384 Kb/s upload!:shadedshu The fastest package is 6 Mb/s down, but still only 768 Kb/s upload.:ohwell: The slowest cable connection offered is 15 Mb/s download and 3 Mb/s upload, but it costs $45 per month. It annoys me to no end when I have to go out on site to a customer that has the slowest DSL, and A LOT of people have the slowest DSL connection because it is cheap and it works to check their email. But try to download a large group of Windows updates...:banghead:
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    This is not news to me.

    However, pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to go to a university, and you get this:

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    Lets find a way to get some of the ancient copper infrastructure replaced, that would help improve these numbers.
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    wow Australians are fucked then, 90% of people are on 256/64, 512/128 or 1500/256 connections around here.


    most of those get shaped to 64/64 after downloading measly amounts like 10GB per month, as well.


    that $10 a month plan newtekie mentioned is his first post WOULD BE FUCKING AWESOME.
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    That's not fair, I want a decent upload speed. :cry:
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    Or I can save the tens of thousands and just spend $100 a month for this::D
    [​IMG]

    But I really wish FIOS would come to my area.

    Or just have the Cable companies start charging slightly less for their packages and force the DSL providers to step up and start offering decent speeds at reasonable prices. The cable company in my area(Comcast) just started offing "economy broadband" for $30 a month that is 1.5Mb/s download. IMO, if they started offering a 4Mb/s Down 1Mb/s Up package for $10 they would put the DSL providers in my area out of business. And considering they are charing $45 a month for 15 Mb/s Down 5Mb/s Up, $10 for 4MB/s Down and 1 MB/s up shouldn't be a problem considering they would steal an assload of customers from DSL.
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    LOL 99% of all broadband connections in India arent BroadBand then :D
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    And yet there are people out there that think download on demand services are ready for primetime and will replace Blu-Ray in the next year or two.:laugh:

    On a 4Mb/s connection, it would probably take longer just to buffer the movie than it would to drive to Blockbuster, rent the movie, watch it, and return it.
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    wait til you consider that most countries have download limits that either shape your speed slower or cost extra for downloads past the 10GB range, and you start realising just how laughable it really is.
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    Yeah, one movie and you hit your cap.:cry:
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    and then theres all the people who just use mobile 3G broadband... around here the 'popular' plans charge you 17 cents... per page. and thats just facebook. the ones with large amounts of data scare me.
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    I'd like to point out a few little things...

    The definition for "broadband" was changed on July 16, 2010, in the Sixth Broadband Deployment Report


    Two things to take from that:
    1) If you got connected to a "broadband" service before July 16, 2010, and you have > 200 kbps up/down, you still got "broadband" as per the 1999 definition.

    2) As far as I can tell, the recommendation to increase the requirements to 4/1 mbps has no teeth. There is no enforcement behind the "National Broadband Plan."


    They're basically saying customers are demanding more than what is offered at a "reasonable" price.
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    well then, even 200/200 is out of reach of many australians.
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    Yeah, it says over 1000 counties in the USA are completely without Internet service--most of which are in Native American reservations.

    It is a huge logistical problem for the West of the USA. I imagine the same issue exists in the West of Australia (geographically similar).
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    BOWAHAHAA, sorry bro im really Laughing when i read this cuz im my country i pay 50$ in a month for 256kbits download and 64kbits upload, but there is a good news which wait until 1AM to 6AM speeds up to 2mbits just for 5 hours in day in bed time, dam i hate my country
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    Guess my phone isn't broadband then damn lol
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    It is by the 1999 definition, not the 2010 definition. XD
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    Well, it can be a lot worse: I pay around 55$ a month for 15Mbits download and 800Kbits upload. Previously I had 5Mbps download and 128Kbps (!!!) upload and paid around 35$ a month.

    The only way to get a 1Mbps uplink here is to get a 20Mbps or 30Mbps connection, which is not available everywhere and costs 75$ or higher for the 20Mbps one, and well over 100$ for the 30Mbps one.
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    My parents are on a farm up Barham way and they are on satellite internet. Its an awful experience. The latency is generally huge, and if its a cloudy day forget it
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    the cable service in US isnt that bad if the minimum connection is 15/5 and for 45$ its a good deal here in europe i get 12/1 connection for 39.99 $(well it does include land line and 75 channel IPTV but i dont care about those)
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    HOLLY CRAP, i wish ours was that cheap. Nice upload with less download sweet for gamers and dedi's.

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