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Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:24 AM

Quick Survey - How's Your Internet?

Curious about what kind of net service my American friends get. If you don't mind sharing, how's your download speed and what do you pay for it?

Here (British Midlands), I pay roughly $50 a month for 150Mbs, no cap.

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Reply Quick Survey - How's Your Internet? (Original post)
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 OP
Electric Monk Nov 2014 #1
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #2
Electric Monk Nov 2014 #3
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #4
Electric Monk Nov 2014 #7
SamKnause Nov 2014 #5
Electric Monk Nov 2014 #6
SamKnause Nov 2014 #9
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #14
Electric Monk Nov 2014 #17
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #18
DonnaM Nov 2014 #15
KT2000 Nov 2014 #8
silvershadow Nov 2014 #10
RebelOne Nov 2014 #47
sakabatou Nov 2014 #11
petronius Nov 2014 #12
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #13
dorkzilla Nov 2014 #16
NutmegYankee Nov 2014 #19
IdiocracyTheNewNorm Nov 2014 #20
penndragon69 Nov 2014 #21
Enthusiast Nov 2014 #22
Live and Learn Nov 2014 #23
RazzleCat Nov 2014 #32
Papagoose Nov 2014 #24
imthevicar Nov 2014 #25
Oktober Nov 2014 #26
freshwest Nov 2014 #27
RiverLover Nov 2014 #28
truebluegreen Nov 2014 #29
Triana Nov 2014 #30
Nite Owl Nov 2014 #31
BlueJazz Nov 2014 #33
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #34
Scuba Nov 2014 #35
Old Codger Nov 2014 #36
Boom Sound 416 Nov 2014 #37
IDemo Nov 2014 #38
Guy Whitey Corngood Nov 2014 #39
JaneyVee Nov 2014 #40
dumbcat Nov 2014 #41
hunter Nov 2014 #42
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #44
boston bean Nov 2014 #43
wyldwolf Nov 2014 #45
PasadenaTrudy Nov 2014 #46
Old Nick Nov 2014 #48
octoberlib Nov 2014 #49
Orsino Nov 2014 #50
James48 Nov 2014 #51
spinbaby Nov 2014 #52
sweetloukillbot Nov 2014 #53
Aerows Nov 2014 #54
CBHagman Nov 2014 #55
Prophet 451 Nov 2014 #59
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Nov 2014 #56
Initech Nov 2014 #57
Kablooie Nov 2014 #58

Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:32 AM

1. Up or down or both?

 

The trend lately is for much higher downspeed than upspeed.

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:34 AM

2. D'oh! I meant down

Edited OP to mention that. Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:39 AM

3. Last time I checked, I got about 25 down and 3 up, for about $60/mo I think

 

but it's packaged with my tv and phone, so the lines are a little blurry. It'd cost more without the bundle.

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:46 AM

4. Geez, that's expensive for lousy service

I could knock about $10 off ours if I took the package deal but that would mean accepting a cap and I live and die by internet access.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:50 AM

7. Cheaper would be nicer, but it's enough to stream 1080p from youtube. nt

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:47 AM

5. Computer illiterate person replying.

I have 2 choices for internet in my rural area.

Through my land line phone or satellite.

There is no cable in my area.

I chose the internet through my land line phone.

It is not dial up.

It is DSL.

I have the SLOWEST speed that can still be considered broadband.

They have been working with congestion issues for years.

Sometimes live streaming works some times it does not.

I have trouble getting videos to load in HD.

It is slow and frustrating.

Sometimes I don't receive the packets of information that is sent out.

I pay $30.00 plus $7.00 in various taxes for my internet per month. (no caps)

If I had chose satellite my bill would have been $49.00 plus unknown taxes per month.

Monopolies run EVERYTHING in the U.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!


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Response to SamKnause (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:48 AM

6. speedtest.net is a good way to get quantitative numbers, and it's easy too

 

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:54 AM

9. Thanks I have used it quite a few times,

as has Frontier, the company I get my internet from.

One time my computer was running so slow it wouldn't complete the speed test.

That was the time I was missing packets of information.

The last time I had an issue they used a different speed test site.

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:52 AM

14. Good link, thanks

Just tested ours and we're at about 120 down and about 25 up.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:53 AM

17. How much is enough? Moore's law, etc. taken into consideration. nt

 

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:55 AM

18. If you play online games

then there is no such thing as "enough".

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:52 AM

15. I'm with Frontier as well

and use land line. Am in the same situation - slow, frustrating and Frontier calls our service "high speed". We pay about the same and have no other options in our area - well, there is a guy in a garage about 20 minutes away who offers "high speed internet" but I think that's because he no longer offers meth

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:52 AM

8. Slow

DSL - 256 kb at $33 plus tax - no cap

It is very slow and am unable to view videos.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:16 AM

10. A little too Comcast-y. nt

 

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:29 PM

47. Me too. According to a speed test, it is too slow for what I paying.

But I don't have much of a choice. It was either satellite or cable, and I had problems with satellite.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:17 AM

11. Don't know how much I pay. I get about 7.8 Mbps

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:24 AM

12. 14.7 Mbps down and 3.3 up, according to speedtest.net - we pay $48/month

I have no idea if that's good or bad, but as long as it's working (not necessarily a 24/7 proposition on Charter), it's completely sufficient for my needs...

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Response to petronius (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:49 AM

13. It's not great

Given the answers so far, I'm starting to think that, in addition to a new WPA, that WPA's first job should be to lay fibre optic cable across the country.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:52 AM

16. Download 20.59 mbps, 7.91 mbps upload

I'm in a bundled package but i think its about $70/month. I live 30 miles outside NYC.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 04:14 AM

19. 17.48 Mbps download, 1.78 up $50/month

I live in a rural area, so the fact that I have fiber to the node VDSL is a big plus. This service has never proven to be a problem with online gaming.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:03 AM

20. $72 a month with all taxes and fees for 25Mbs, most times I get about 17-18 due to traffic.

 

Comcast is my only choice if I want internet access.

I could go to a Sat Dish for internet but it is slower for a higher cost.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:09 AM

21. DSL sucks !!

 

I have no choice but DSL so my speed is crap

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:11 AM

22. AT&T for $45/month coming in at 2.45 Mbps download and upload speed of .42, it's called DSL.

I'm almost entirely computer illiterate. But I know this service is often unsatisfactory and I have had a number of service interruptions.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:13 AM

23. 50 Mbs Down, 5 up.

I pay nearly 200 a month for combined (standard) tv and (standard) internet. I just checked and the internet alone at that speed would be about 40 a month (add in fees and taxes and it would probably jump to 50 or more).

I just bought a HD antenna for one of our tv's and returned one box and dropped a tier that somehow got added by the cable company on its own to lower the bill. As soon as I can talk other family members in to it, I hope to drop the tv service and just use internet.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #23)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:09 AM

32. Just about the same her

bundled TV, Internet and phone. Total $160.00 per month all cable stations plus showtime and hbo. Down 40 up 6 (just tested at speed test). When my year is up will downgrade TV package and drop phone (don't even know the number) to lower cost to around $80.00 per month . edit its hbo, not ho

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:24 AM

24. 7 Mbps down/ 2 Mbps up

No cable or DSL where I live, so my options are satellite or cellular.

I have Sprint 4G modem that gives me 60GB of data for $80 per month. Thankfully my work picks up some of the bill.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:46 AM

25. 15 up 15 Down

 

Just checked it.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:59 AM

26. Internet in Africa sucks....

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:23 AM

27. 105 Mbps, good for youtube, $49 a month, landline hard wired. Faster with adblock and firewall.

Depending on hard drive space, downloads are fast, but delete often for more free space and speed. No cap on usage, unlimited long distance on land line phone, no frills like television, etc.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:56 AM

28. Acc to speedtest.net--Download 27 Mbps/Upload 5. Uverse $55/mo

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 08:54 AM

29. Sucky sucky sucky: 3 down and .26 up, no cap though

 

otoh, at that speed who would need one?

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:03 AM

30. 17 Mbps down/1.06Mbps up - $35/month n/t

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:06 AM

31. Internet is ok

I pay about $40mo, supposed to be Turbo. They offer faster for more $

Ping 29ms
Download 15-20Mbps
Upload 2.14Mbps

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:13 AM

33. 25 up 12 down 60 bucks/month

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:35 AM

34. What's coming across...

...is that Americans frequently pay over the odds for sucky internet speeds.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:45 AM

35. Mine sucks. I'm rural, but still.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:57 AM

36. Shitty

 

Frontier and horrible, 40 a month for what is supposed to be 1.3mps, average is (according to sam knows) .77 last month high was 1.13 at 1 am on the 12th low was .12 on the 17th .
Like I said shitty.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:59 AM

37. Error 404

 

Could not reply to this message

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 10:06 AM

38. Bottom of the barrel...

Up = .49Mbs, down = 3.62 Mbs

YouTube is a non-starter.

$35/mo.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 10:09 AM

39. Holy shit! I was paying $29 a month for some AT&T bullshit of 6 Mbs. I

finally dropped it and switched to cable $39 for 50 Mbs. Oh and I was lucky if my old service went anywhere near 5 Mbs. AT&T sucks ass.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 10:10 AM

40. $50/month for 50/50.

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 10:22 AM

41. 20 down 3 up at $75/mo

no caps. Time Warner Cable and Roadrunner.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:06 PM

42. Just fast enough to stream one video...

... at something between video cassette recorder and DVD quality.

I could probably push the connection higher, but that's good enough. Our television is a movie player. We don't have, or pay any attention to cable, satellite, or broadcast television. I'm not even sure the broadcast television channels are set up. Our television is not connected to the internet except through the old model Nintendo wii and composite video.

Comcast and AT&T offer faster service, but I hate doing business with them. In my private life I can do as I please. My internet connection started out as a Pacific Bell copper pair connected directly to a local ISP; that was before AT&T reconstituted itself and Comcast offered their own brand internet services in our city. I haven't changed my connection. AT&T probably has to deal with our line as an exception, which amuses me.

Personally I think some adequate level of internet service ought to be available to everyone, for "free," paid for through a combination of income taxes, taxes on HDTV services, and low fees and taxes on for "for profit" internet services such as commercial television, "smart phones," and high quality "internet radio" streams. Ordinary "dumb" voice-only cell phone service would be available without subscription or fees to anyone who had a phone, similar to the way public sidewalks and streets are available for walking or bicycling upon.

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Response to hunter (Reply #42)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:11 PM

44. I like the idea

IIRC, France does something similar - basic net access (at not-very-fast-but-bearable speeds) is included as part of taxes.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:10 PM

43. wireless 9.39mbps down, 26.93mpbs up - Verizon Fios.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:15 PM

45. download 20.3 mbps, upload 1.72

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:22 PM

46. All I know is

Netflix gets booted whenever I watch a movie on my iPad. So does Amazon Prime. The thing disconnects from the wifi and I have to restart the iPad.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 03:58 PM

48. It's

 

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 04:08 PM

49. We have broadband and it's 12.02 down and 1.53 up and costs $50 a month.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 06:33 PM

50. Cable giving me 126/23 Mbps

I'm rural enough to get 1 bar for cell signal, but fiber into my yard is pretty great.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 06:39 PM

51. 2.57 Mbps down, 0.41 Mbps up, DSL, $29.99 a month ATT

n/t

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 06:40 PM

52. Satellite here

I forget what it's supposed to be, but we're paying $99 a month for what is theoretically the fastest available service, which is barely enough to support YouTube.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:05 PM

53. Cox - 35-40 down, 5-25 up depending on the time of day. $70/month

That's wireless. I can pull 60 constantly when wired, but my main pc doesn't have any cable access in the room and I haven't experimented with ethernet over power yet.

There is some sort of upstream sharing on my plan where you can use max bandwidth available at the time - I can get some ridiculous upload speeds at the right time of night.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:21 PM

54. 23mbps down / 3mbps up

 

$60/month

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:25 PM

55. Satisfactory DSL at what I guess is an average price.

I have a landline phone plus the Internet, plus a cheapo cellphone.

Your $50 figure astonished me because I had heard that competition was quite vigorous among British Internet providers.

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #55)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

59. It is, sort-of

If I was overly concerned about price, I could get it down to about a tenner but most of the services are capped. I pay over the odds to get uncapped service.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:32 PM

56. Based on what everyone else is getting, I'm getting reamed.

According to speedtest.net, I just got 8.15Mb down, 1.6 up.

My cable bill is bundled with cable tv and net, but I'm paying something like 180 a month for that and a single static IP.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:32 PM

57. I pay about $90/month for 4G LTE on two devices.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Original post)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 12:05 AM

58. 65Mbps down - 4.2Mbps up. Charter Cable - $40 mo.

And I have no other options at all.
Luckily it's not a bad plan.

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