U.S. Internet Speeds Causing Digital Divide?

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  1. bucket

    bucket [H]ard|Gawd

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    Paying $55 for advertised 10/1.5m speeds.
     
  2. SockMan!

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    3Mb down (advertised and actual)
    512Kb up
    $45 a month

    I'm not complaining since I live rural (though far from being considered the boonies); the business class allows me to avoid bandwidth caps entirely - residential service is 50GBs a month. My only complaint was how long it took to get broadband; it was made available less than two years ago.
     
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  4. Jakalwarrior

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    47.50 a month.


    Actual speed, close to 7mb down to some sites when it is in a good mood.


    At Work

    $500+ for . Pretty lame huh lol.
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  5. Jakalwarrior

    Jakalwarrior 2[H]4U

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    Lemme correct that, I think it may only be 300 a month.
     
  6. Spazilton

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    20/5 FIOS

    Splitting from my wife and moving into my own apartment here next month, will be paying $89.99 for 50/20 FIOS.
     
  7. RADEoN

    RADEoN [H]ardness Supreme

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    Comcast with PowerBoost. Not bad for I think 50 a month.
     
  8. computerpro3

    computerpro3 LightningRod

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    $29.99 a month

    30mbps upload
    30mbps download

    Fiber to the home via Cincinnati Bell

    Yeah, it fucking rocks. $29 a month.
     
  9. w1retap

    w1retap [H]ardForum Junkie

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    It just means you hit 250GB per month faster, lol.
     
  10. computerpro3

    computerpro3 LightningRod

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    No bandwidthcaps. I'm well over a terrabyte this month.
     
  11. w1retap

    w1retap [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I was referring to Comcast.
     
  12. Spectrum17

    Spectrum17 Gawd

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    8 Mb / 768 Kb
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  13. moshpit

    moshpit Limp Gawd

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    AT&T @ $60/month
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    Download promised: 16mbs
    Upload promised: 1mbs

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    Getting better then promised on all counts.
     
  14. Usquabach

    Usquabach Limp Gawd

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    ~ $40 per month, advertised as 10/.512
     
  15. Scroll_lock88

    Scroll_lock88 n00b

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    56k Connection
    Advertised Upload: Very Slow
    Advertised Download: Walk away and come back in a few hours


    In a sub division of a good number of houses all of which have no broadband access unless you want to pay up the rear for satellite internet thats unreliable.
     
  16. purefun65

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  17. convexion

    convexion Gawd

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    Cox Comm.
    16 Mbps plan
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  18. purefun65

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    xrealm20 Gawd

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    6 down / 768 up - $35 a month...

    Can't complain...
     
  20. inotocracy

    inotocracy [H]ardness Supreme

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    I've got Comcast, my speeds are:

    16mb/10mb

    And I couldn't be happier to pay $70 for both internet and TV combined.
     
  21. DanThePlanMan

    DanThePlanMan n00b

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    Comcast Hi-Speed
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    Glen St. Mary, Florida 32040 (about 30 miles west of Jacksonville)
     
  22. purefun65

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    inotocracy [H]ardness Supreme

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    Woops, forgot the speed image:

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  24. DJBPace07

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    I live in WV. Specifically, a bedroom community between the states two largest cities. This is the only internet provider here that can go past 1.5 mbps and we pay about $39. The service is not very reliable and in order to get halfway decent rates we have to bundle everything. Around here, Suddenlink has a monopoly on high-speed internet and they charge us accordingly. I could get Verizon DSL, but I live too far from the CO to get the 3.0 mbps. I totally understand that wired data services and telecommunications networks are large, sunken costs but there needs to be more choice to offer price competition. Problem is, in areas where the population is low, no one wants to start service and when a community decides to start municipal internet services, lobbyists and lawyers from the telco's put a stop to it.

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  25. str3tchb0y

    str3tchb0y n00b

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    $29.99. Not the going rate but if you call and ask for a reduction in rate they will give you this deal for 6 months. Yes you have to call every six months but then that is what calendars are for.
     
  26. Asgard_Thor

    Asgard_Thor [H]ard|Gawd

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    768kb down / 256kb up
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    average, pretty much have to reboot before any gaming session
     
  27. Chiplg

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    Verizon FiOS 20/5 @ $39/mo I've got it bundled with FiOS TV and my Verizon Wireless account which is why the price is low.

    My BlackBerry on the other hand is another story. I'm lucky if I can get it to stay on 3G service when I'm tethered at my desk. Even then 3G is just good enough. 4G can't get here soon enough.

    On my Storm I pay $35/ month for BES (Employer discount) and $15/month for a tethering plan (no discount). On 3G I get close to 1M down. Not sure what my 2G speed is, but it feels like dialup.

    So all together I pay around $89/month for Internet service.
     
  28. purefun65

    purefun65 Gawd

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    [​IMG] tested from philly pa to boston mass
     
  29. Rebel44

    Rebel44 2[H]4U

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    Czech Republic - EU
    small local ISP
    8Mb/s down
    8Mb/s Up
    no data limit
    10€ per month

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  30. DrVal

    DrVal Limp Gawd

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    It's supposed to be 8mb/768kb
    I ran tests from dslreports.com, speedtest.net, and test.lvcm.com (speed test left up from when cox bought LVCM).
    It's widely varied; dslreports.com gave me a speed of around 1.5mb, and I used to be able to trust them, but now I'm not so sure.
    the lvcm, the local test, shows my speed at 8mb/3mb, but that's very local.
    speedtest.net gave me an 8mb to the las vegas tester, but 1.5mb anywhere else.

    $44.99/mo (with bundled services, would be 54.99/mo w/o bundles)
     
  31. RangerXML

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    This is through tethered to my iPhone, its what I use during the day. I'll post later my speeds from my home cable connection which are quite a bit faster.
     
  32. arnemetis

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    Speedtests are useless as they show powerboost type results. I get my full speeds up and down via ftp, usenet, and torrents. I'm right outside Boston so there's also Comcast and RCN available.

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  33. computerpro3

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    Why on earth would you pay the tethering fee? Pdanet or wmwifirouter ftmfw.
     
  34. dr.stevil

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    last place, DSL 3/768k

    now it's even worse :(... but it's only temporary. Hopefully going with a fiber connection next
     
  35. dR.Jester

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    Cable One.net - price is $60 per month and they cap your ass if you exceed a certain amount of bandwidth after 4PM. I kept adding entries about this BS policy to Wiki a few years back and someone AT cable one were deleting it. If I transfer under 5GB downstream, my service speeds get cut back to 2.5-5.0Mbps and the upstream is less than 250Kbps. :mad:

    The only other alternative around here is crappy 6Mbps DSL.
     
  36. dr.stevil

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    with PDAnet, I was getting d/l speeds around 300kbps. Not bad for a cell phone :) It was considerably faster than download speeds I've seen on the phone itself.
     
  37. jjz-

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    $1300/year for housing :p.
     
  38. extide

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    I have Comcast business thru work, stated as 16/2 but I can do sustained throughput at about 17.2/2.8Mbit and I have bursted to ~30mbit down and 5mbit up.

    Best part is it's FREE!
     
  39. DeathFromBelow

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    Central Oklahoma. I have Cox's lowest speed package (advertised 1.5 mbps down, 256 kbps up). Dunno what the exact cost is since it comes out of my apartment rent, I haven't asked.

    12 mbps down costs ~$45/month. 20 mbps is ~$60/month.
     
  40. Chombo

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