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BobsView
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DSL for $15 - HOW?
BobsView   8/4/2014 2:15:03 PM
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How do you get 1.0 MBits/Sec for $15? 

I'm paying $51 for 12 MB/S DSL, but am only getting 1.5 MB/S when I watch Netflix which makes it almost unwatchable.

The $15 is enticing.  Where do I get it?

 

krisi
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Re: Keeping the landline...
krisi   8/4/2014 11:09:28 AM
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That is pretty scary that you have to tell the telcom what to fix and how to fix it

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Re: Keeping the landline...
MeasurementBlues   8/3/2014 4:24:40 PM
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@Roger46,

There is something to be said for the reliability of POTS.

I've had DSL services problems twice where in the evenings, my data rate dropped to zero--unusable.

Apparentyly, DSLAMS can get old and when the do, they slow down during peak service times (evenings). The solution both times was to move li copper pair to another DSLAM port. The first time was before DSLExtreme and the old ISP ws clueless. I spent weeks dealing with them and finally called a press contact I had a Verizon. It then took a few days to get fixed. On the seond time (with DSLx), I knew the priblem. They had it fixed the next day. That's why I stay with them.

Roger46
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Keeping the landline...
Roger46   8/3/2014 9:50:33 AM
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I'm still a believer in a pair of twisted copper wires back to a for-real central office in spite of having cell service as well.  We had a tornado in our neighborhood a few years ago, fortunately, our house was spared major damage, but the infrastructure did not fare well......except for the phone service.  It never hiccuped even though our electricity was out for a full week and cable/Internet was out for 10 days. Cell service was very unreliable as the nearby towers were damaged.  I'll keep my POTS line.

krisi
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Re: High Speed is Relative
krisi   8/2/2014 10:15:05 AM
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Good point @mosspp...how about radiation induced damage to your phone? home line should be safer than cell phone for possible contri ution to brain cancer

mosspp
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Re: High Speed is Relative
mosspp   8/1/2014 8:07:58 PM
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Landlines were designed for five nines reliablity, i.e. up 99.999% of the time. Cell phones can't even come close to that, at least not yet. For that reason, I'll keep my land line thank you. If I need to dial '911' I want the call to go through.

Another advantage to a land line is higher availability during a power failure. Just make sure that you have at least one hard-wired phone in the house to supplement your cordless phones.

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Re: High Speed is Relative
TonyTib   8/1/2014 6:27:03 PM
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Don't forget options such as Google Voice (if you trust Google; there are similar non-Google services).  For example, you could give out your GV number to everyone, set up call screening, and then have it ring your cell phone.  The call screening (and GV's filters) should keep spam calls very low.

krisi
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Re: High Speed is Relative
krisi   8/1/2014 6:11:14 PM
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I am the same...still keep the landline, 90% of calls are marketers now...need to get my act together and cancel it one day

Duane Benson
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Re: High Speed is Relative
Duane Benson   8/1/2014 6:04:53 PM
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MeasurementBlues - I'm still hanging on to a land line as sort of a backup for the house, and to send all of the junk calls too. I suspect it would be cheaper, though, for me to cancel the land line and add one of my older cell phones to my account, and use it for the home.

krisi
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Re: DSL shouldn't work
krisi   8/1/2014 3:32:53 PM
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I don't think it was such a surprise that DSL worked Bill...communication theory was developed years earlier and it was "only" the question of implementing the right coding schemes in silicon

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