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Do You Love Broadband?


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Ars Technica reported that 23% of U.S. households don’t have Internet anywhere in the house? Why not? many people just don’t see the need for this “Internet” thing at all. Really? Lamarr thinks broadband should just be something in the house like electricity, water, and heat service so that it’s just normal to have.

The largest reason is listed as a lack of interest in the Internet, with cost being second. Stop spending so much money on dinners out and get yourself online instead. Broadband should be a required utility in the house like water or heat.

How can someone not want to be connected to the Internet? The world is out there. You can find everything online. Don’t you want to expand your mind and your opportunities?

Do you think these 23% are living in the dark ages, are ignorant, or are they on to something? Maybe the Internet causes more problems than it’s worth. I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate here; leave a comment below.

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Is DSL Really Broadband?

troy_w_banther: Not all of are fortunate enough to have anything better than DSL. 😛

about 54 minutes ago

Paradigms: the Linux distro or the communications technology?

about 4 hours ago

BenjaminPrice: I wasn&#39t either until I got fed up with Comcast metering broadband, so DSL is it now

about 13 hours ago

Foxxchasser1: i had cable internet and loved the fast upload speed but the company kept blocking ports on my service so i had to go to DSL

about 13 hours ago

identityTBA: Same here

about 15 hours ago

wwejason: Don&#39t like DSL, huh? 50,000 times better that cable. Don&#39t believe me? Listen to Leo: www.twit.tv/ttg539

about 16 hours ago

kpslover007: I have DSL at the moment. Do you recommend getting broadband/cable internet back?

about 16 hours ago

CodyMcGrew: why not beats dial up

about 16 hours ago

gmaendel: How about truck stop WiFi?

about 17 hours ago

htnguyen: what!?!?!? DSL > Cable!

about 17 hours ago

adamfield: some of us have no options. It&#39s not unbearable.

about 17 hours ago

tadrow: It&#39d be nice if all the fiber that was supposed to be carrying our calls actually was here. “We don&#39t care. We don&#39t have to.”

about 17 hours ago

jptacek: Can you explain Microsoft&#39s M for us?

about 17 hours ago

TreyRust: dialup FTW!

about 17 hours ago

tadrow: I wish we had options. My mom can&#39t even *get* DSL yet, and my aunt can barely get phone service, much less dialup.

about 17 hours ago

Joshrath: Found the link for the CNN video, Check your email.

about 17 hours ago

morontown: who is? No srously

about 17 hours ago

drmacpro: Damn slow Linux?

about 17 hours ago

lemasney: how are you on Fiber to the Home? I&#39m a fan.

about 17 hours ago

garrigus: Why not? What do you use… cable? Do you think that&#39s better? Much more expensive though, right?

about 17 hours ago

ktoddstorch: understatement of the year?

about 17 hours ago

Tofur: DSL as in the broadband connection or DSL as in broad&#39s d sucking lips?

about 17 hours ago

Darkfalz01: I loved my DSL (beat Charter Cable) but they just couldnt compete (speed or price) and we have only those 2 choices here :{

about 17 hours ago

millettepc: Dryloop DSL is awsome.. no silly phone company to deal with!

about 17 hours ago

thattalldude: I might be, but I&#39d have to experience it with more than 3Mbps theoretical top speed. Only choice here though, no competition.

about 17 hours ago

1only: I don&#39t think there are a lot of DSL fans anymore, I could be wrong.

about 17 hours ago

StephenCraig: me neither, but we get it for free, my mom works from home 🙂

about 17 hours ago

Memoriestolast: you&#39re kidding- seriously? Film?

about 17 hours ago

KerwinStewart: What about Fios?

about 17 hours ago

AnoxiA425: No one is ever a fan of DSL

about 17 hours ago

MikeKukielka: U-Verse by AT&T is better.

about 17 hours ago

chrispirillo: I&#39m just not a huge fan of DSL.

about 17 hours ago

Pay as you Go Internet… Good or Bad Idea?

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The only truth when it comes to Broadband here in America is that we don’t have enough. One community member wrote in to talk about the fact that he really doesn’t have any options for Broadband, other than Satellite. He generally uses his Internet in the middle of the night, when he isn’t subject to capping. The satellite truly isn’t much better than pre-1993 dial-up speeds. He’s asking about “pay as you go/use” Internet service, and what I think the future of it is.

This is just wrong to me, in more ways than one. For those of us who make our livlihood online, and who use it for more than just email, having limited access is damaging. You wouldn’t think Comcast would do this to you. You also wouldn’t think they’d traffic-shape. You also wouldn’t think they’d pay people to sit and sleep during the FCC hearings.

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Oh sorry. I was wasting your bandwidth there. I don’t know where my mind is. Do you understand what that could do? Do you get what they’re doing here? I wouldn’t put it past any large ISP to be doing this. It’s scary! If this happens, I can seriously see big companies start coming in to offer service that we need… such as Google or Microsoft. The ISPs would be in serious trouble at that point.

I use cable, because I do get better speeds with it. I have a DSL line that is dedicated to running the Live Stream. Heck, I know people who chose their place to live based on the type of Internet available to them.

Pay As You Go gives you the flexibility to use the Internet as much or as little as you like. You only pay for what you use. There are no monthly charges. Think of it like prepaid cell phone service. It’s the same time of plan and deals.

I don’t know. What do you guys think? If this were available, would you go for it? How reliable do you think it would be? Could Power Users ever be able to rely on it when doing business?

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ISP Tips

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I recorded a video not long ago about Bandwidth Capping from ISPs. I have a top-five list of things to look for when looking for an ISP. Here are some tips sent in by Lundberry to help you choose the right ISP for you.

  • What is there reliability in your area? While this might seem obvious to ask you would be amazed at how many people will go with an unreliable ISP because they are cheap. Is your time worth more than a few extra dollars a month to have confidence that when you go online you’ll actually get what you want to.
  • What is the cost going to be? Is the cost to add a little extra speed and confidence that it will work reasonable and how does that compare to the competition.
  • Do you get what you pay for? When you pay for a 5Mbps connection do you actually get 5Mbps or do you get 2Mbps. These things will have an effect on how you feel about your investment in internet. You need to ask yourself if your using cable how many cable customers are around here and how will that effect my connection speeds.
  • What do you need? Do you really need a 20Mbps connection to do flickr a few times a week. I am surprised at how many people will upgrade to a superfast connection for no reason. You can use that extra money you save to get better hardware which will help you just as much as that speed increase your paying for.
  • Is it Comcast? This one is pretty self explanatory. Though for me Charter is my comcast but I still get raked over the coals in terms of various different things are done to me. For instance the fact that I pay for 5Mbps internet and average about 1Mbps. Or the fact that no matter what modem I use I never can get a consistant connection to the service. Ie. I don’t even get an IP address from my ISP.

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Tips for Choosing the Best ISP for your Needs

The other night, I was having difficulties once again with my Comcast connection. Within hours, two different people emailed me with their Top Five lists of ways to choose an ISP, and why. Here they are… hopefully they’ll help all of you. This list comes from Azaas in the live community.

  • Don’t fall for marketing. Commercials and trends are not the things you wanna take into consideration when you’re choosing for ISP.
  • Always read very carefully what you’re signing for. I don’t know if that applies to the states,but in Europe many customers have fallen for the “up to x MB ” thing. That means that your net speed can reach that point but most likely WON’T. So many people end up paying more for something that they could have purchased for less.
  • Take the time needed and do a research on how user friendly the ISP is. I was trying to contact my ISP for like 4 hours,through their emergency line, and noone would answer my god damn call. That,trust me when i say,should be ranked as one of the most important things you should be looking at an ISP.
  • Never trust a new company just because it offers great speeds at low prices. What you want is take advantage of the know-how of those old time classic ISPs and not having to put up with the numerous problems a new company will certainly face.If despite that you can’t resist those low costs,take the time and see what people,who are already customers,have to say about that specific ISP. Cost should certainly not be the only thing to take into account when choosing an ISP.
  • Last but not least… always read the small letters. When i dropped my old plan i got a notice that the router they had provided me with should be returned within a week or i’d have to pay a 300 euros fee. The thing is that i was leaving for Greece the very next day,so i had to change both mine and my gf’s plane tickets which had a cost of 420 euros more than what we had already paid.