My local cable company actual stopped offering internet cable on its
old cable service because there were too many problems , and the cost
of implementing digital cable was too high.
If your local phone company doesnt offer DSL , your only other choice
is satelite .
My state rep got cable TV to our area several years ago by threatening
the cable company that he would introduce a law that they had to give
it to everyone. As it was, they would only give to areas that there
had so many houses per linear mile. They had actually come to our
neighborhood where the older houses had power lines above ground but
newer, like mine, were underground. They would not give me cable while
neighbors down the hill had it. Rather than face a restrictive new law,
cable company came in and put in underground lines.
Reverse has been true for FIOS. Verizon is putting lines in for more
affluent neighborhoods first. Guess they figure they are more apt to
We live in a rural area and I didn't think we would ever get broadband out
here. The Verizon phone technicians told me DSL wasn't even in the works
downtown, let alone out here. I considered satellite, but we have too many
trees to get a clear signal. I had hopes when a couple of wireless
companies started offering service in our area, but when they came out to
test for a signal the hills and trees prevented us from getting wireless
too. It looked like dial-up was my only option.
Then, out of sheer coincidence, Comcast cable ran their lines out to our
area. According to the technician that hooked us up, one of the Comcast
executives moved into a wealthy gated community up the road from us, and
used his influence to get cable brought out to our area. I was one of the
first to sign up, probably before the Comcast exec even had his service. :)
Same here..........before I even purchased this home I looked into this
with Verizon to see if they offered it. They said that broadband would
be available in this area within 4 months........and I even enlisted
ahead of time for service...................well the freakin service
never came.........it is now 3 years later...still no service.
Satellite is quoting 100/month for a year contract. Thats alot of mula
to dish out for a faster line. But still.....I used to like online
gaming, particular nascar racing online. Satellite, though fast, has
too much lag to enjoy online gaming.....so dial up I still
am........and waiting patiently for cable. I dont believe that day will
Anyone know exactly how many people per mile these cable companies
require? New homes are being put up everywhere!
That's what happened to us. Salesman signed us up and installers came
around but company (not Comcast at the time) would not put in
underground service. Took a couple of months just to get deposit back.
That's when I took problem to state rep and he said others had same
complaint and he fixed it but it took a year or two. This was several
Verizon FIOS is at this stage now with salesmen selling service that is
not available yet. If any thing like the rest of Verizon, they have
lousy customer phone line service, and when I go high speed it will
probably be with Comcast who is now much better to deal with.
Regional rules probably vary but I believe ours was lots with 100 ft
frontage, i.e. ~53 houses per mile.
Hmmm.........if it is something like that around where I
am.........guess Ill never get it then. I live in a farming town out in
the boonies. The farms take up most of the square miles.
Another thought........would anyone know how fast webtv is compared to
56k dial up? It takes a good 40 minutes right now just to download my
email........Im getting sick and tired of it. Another hour to download
any MS updates.....and another hour to download any Mccafee updates.
You must get a LOT of email or you receive large attachments regularly.
You should (try to) do what we did in the old days when 2400 (2.4k) was max:
Wait until right before leaving the house or retiring for the night to start
the download. Then, when it is finished, the connection will simply time-out
and release the phone line.
A lot of folks that do NOT have access to wired broadband forget that their
situation is just another aspect of living in a sparsely populated area: You
use a well, a pressure system in the house and a septic system. These are the
"prices" you pay for owning/occupying a little piece of God's green acre.
I had Hughes satellite for two months, upload speed is barely faster than
dial-up. Download speeds were decent early on Sunday morning, in the
evenings it wasn't much faster (shared service) and was inconsistent as
hell. Sometimes a page would download fast, sometimes the same page would
take a minute, sometimes it would take so long it would lock up. Then there
was the installer who rejected the two poles I already had in the backyard
so he could charge an extra $100 for installing his pole. Also the absolute
worst customer service I have ever encountered.
I'll drive the bits into town in my pickup before I'd ever use satellite for
Internet access again.
And from what I understand you have to sign a one year contract and
buy all the equipment before you can even test the connection.
I would have tried satellite had it not been for such a big commitment
up front. I have the feeling that I would not have kept it long.
I think the prices have come down some, but it was about 100$/month
about 5 years ago when I was looking into it.
My experience was similar. The Indian tech support's only remedy
seemed to be "unplug it for two minutes and plug it back in". I'm not
sure if that was the limits of his technical knowledge or his language
I'm now on a wireless ISP. The tower is 8 miles away. Speed is good,
usually 1 meg or better. Reliability is no where near their claimed
99% up time. More like 95.
South of Fort Worth. There are cable lines along the road out front;
analog not digital. I'm 12 miles from T1, $600 month. Wisp is $42.50.
Just checked my speed; 1050 kbps down and 463 kbps up. Wee hours of
the morning are about 1450 up and down.
The antenna for the 2.4 wisp is on a rural water tank. From there it
is a point to point backhaul to Comcast in south Fort Worth.
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