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2013-06-25 11:44:46 AM  
I'm not even close to this.  *pouty face*

However, Google.  If you'd like to fibre up a really small town.  Call me!

Cuz tethering an iPhone.  SUCKS.
 
2013-06-25 11:59:58 AM  
Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition
 
2013-06-25 12:09:37 PM  

kev_dog: Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition

barceloca.blog.com
 
2013-06-25 12:12:16 PM  
You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.
 
2013-06-25 12:14:32 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: I'm not even close to this.  *pouty face*

However, Google.  If you'd like to fibre up a really small town.  Call me!

Cuz tethering an iPhone.  SUCKS.


http://crackberry.com/rogers-flips-switch-lte-max-various-regions-to da y-including-manitoba-quebec-and-alberta

Maybe you should change phones?  LTE and LTE MAX (100+ mbps speeds!) are already available for the Galaxy S4, BB Q10 ... IN CANADA LOL.  They get everything there last.  (And seriously?  Blackberry is riding the cutting edge again?)
 
2013-06-25 12:15:34 PM  
Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision
 
2013-06-25 12:17:23 PM  

kev_dog: Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition


See they should do what Time Warner and AT&T did in NC. Bribe the state assembly with lots of money to block all competition.
 
2013-06-25 12:19:43 PM  
Comcast has at least another 20 or 30 years in it.  It might lose out on the big cities but it's going to be damn expensive to wire up all the suburbs with fiber.
 
2013-06-25 12:20:12 PM  
WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.
 
2013-06-25 12:21:51 PM  
Someone please kill time warner cable.
 
2013-06-25 12:25:15 PM  

socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.


You really don't understand how content is delivered over the internet do you?

/we have 10gig internet links into several offices just for this purpose
 
2013-06-25 12:27:00 PM  
1000mbit up and down would be farking awesome.  I would definitely pay $80 a month for that.  Hell I'd probably pay $150 a month.
 
2013-06-25 12:27:19 PM  

thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision


Cablevision's channel guide / DVR interface is third world.
 
2013-06-25 12:28:58 PM  

Gergesa: Someone please kill time warner cable.


Pretty please
 
2013-06-25 12:29:29 PM  

socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.


No, but to a household it could be beneficial, especially as on-demand streaming gains more and more ground.

2 Netflix SuperHD streams and 2 Hulu streams could (currently) easily use 30 - 35mbps. And Netflix has long-term plans for 4K content.
 
2013-06-25 12:33:34 PM  

socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.


Of course people do.  And they don't want their home connection to be one.
 
2013-06-25 12:33:59 PM  

SleepingEye: I_Am_Weasel: I'm not even close to this.  *pouty face*

However, Google.  If you'd like to fibre up a really small town.  Call me!

Cuz tethering an iPhone.  SUCKS.

http://crackberry.com/rogers-flips-switch-lte-max-various-regions-to da y-including-manitoba-quebec-and-alberta

Maybe you should change phones?  LTE and LTE MAX (100+ mbps speeds!) are already available for the Galaxy S4, BB Q10 ... IN CANADA LOL.  They get everything there last.  (And seriously?  Blackberry is riding the cutting edge again?)


That does not matter as Canada has lower data caps than even the US.
 
2013-06-25 12:46:16 PM  

Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.


I actually end up getting a good 5-10Mb higher down than what I'm paying for with Comcast. Blows my mind.
 
2013-06-25 12:54:35 PM  
art.penny-arcade.com
/related
 
2013-06-25 12:55:20 PM  

thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision


As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."
 
2013-06-25 12:55:23 PM  

SleepingEye: Maybe you should change phones?  LTE and LTE MAX (100+ mbps speeds!) are already available for the Galaxy S4, BB Q10 ... IN CANADA LOL.  They get everything there last.  (And seriously?  Blackberry is riding the cutting edge again?)


iPhone5 has LTE capabilities... Troll harder.
 
2013-06-25 12:55:29 PM  
I'm getting about 23down on my cox cable. I only pay for 15
 
2013-06-25 12:55:31 PM  

socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.


640KB ought to be enough for anybody.
 
2013-06-25 12:57:13 PM  
And all is well, until Gigabit threatens to move if Seattleians don't pay for their new infrastructure, then people don't, then Gigabit moves to Oklahoma and changes their name to Terahertz.
 
2013-06-25 01:01:00 PM  
I was pretty happy with FIOS.  Now I am on Comcast (no FIOS in my building) and it sputters and fails when all three of us are on and streaming/surfing at once.
 
2013-06-25 01:01:04 PM  
When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?
 
2013-06-25 01:02:45 PM  

lousyskater: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

I actually end up getting a good 5-10Mb higher down than what I'm paying for with Comcast. Blows my mind.


Lucky bastard. Years with Comcast, different houses, different computers, different modems, and different routers, and I usually get about 1/2 to 2/3 what I'm supposed to be getting. If I were you, I would never move, sounds like you're on a good hub. Do you by any chance live in an area with a bunch of old folks' homes, or anything?
 
2013-06-25 01:05:19 PM  

Mikey1969: lousyskater: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

I actually end up getting a good 5-10Mb higher down than what I'm paying for with Comcast. Blows my mind.

Lucky bastard. Years with Comcast, different houses, different computers, different modems, and different routers, and I usually get about 1/2 to 2/3 what I'm supposed to be getting. If I were you, I would never move, sounds like you're on a good hub. Do you by any chance live in an area with a bunch of old folks' homes, or anything?


I do actually, which probably explains it.
 
2013-06-25 01:08:09 PM  

lousyskater: Mikey1969: lousyskater: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

I actually end up getting a good 5-10Mb higher down than what I'm paying for with Comcast. Blows my mind.

Lucky bastard. Years with Comcast, different houses, different computers, different modems, and different routers, and I usually get about 1/2 to 2/3 what I'm supposed to be getting. If I were you, I would never move, sounds like you're on a good hub. Do you by any chance live in an area with a bunch of old folks' homes, or anything?

I do actually, which probably explains it.


My phone is reliably twice as fast as my home internet connection.
 
2013-06-25 01:09:19 PM  

limeyfellow: kev_dog: Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition

See they should do what Time Warner and AT&T did in NC. Bribe the state assembly with lots of money to block all competition.


Shhh. Look, over there! A conservative/liberal who is doing something that you really think is stupid! Pay attention to that!
 
2013-06-25 01:14:31 PM  

rocky_howard: And all is well, until Gigabit threatens to move if Seattleians don't pay for their new infrastructure, then people don't, then Gigabit moves to Oklahoma and changes their name to Terahertz.


Depending on whether or not you have exposed electric or phones lines, infrastructure costs may be cheaper than you think.
 
2013-06-25 01:16:42 PM  

lousyskater: Mikey1969: lousyskater: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

I actually end up getting a good 5-10Mb higher down than what I'm paying for with Comcast. Blows my mind.

Lucky bastard. Years with Comcast, different houses, different computers, different modems, and different routers, and I usually get about 1/2 to 2/3 what I'm supposed to be getting. If I were you, I would never move, sounds like you're on a good hub. Do you by any chance live in an area with a bunch of old folks' homes, or anything?

I do actually, which probably explains it.


That's so damned funny that I nailed it exactly. :-)
 
2013-06-25 01:17:15 PM  

Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."


Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.
 
2013-06-25 01:25:18 PM  

Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.


Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(
 
2013-06-25 01:31:52 PM  

PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(


Game of Thrones is on Netflix... just finished Season 2.

Yeah, you have to wait for the newer stuff.  But totally worth not paying Comcrap an extra $100 a month for reruns and a billion channels of infomercials and garbage.
 
2013-06-25 01:32:39 PM  

limeyfellow: kev_dog: Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition

See they should do what Time Warner and AT&T did in NC. Bribe the state assembly with lots of money to block all competition.


You're not far off. For Google fiber to come to town, the municipality must agree to allow it to be completely unregulated and absorb all kinds of costs. It ends up being a huge free lunch for Google.
 
2013-06-25 01:32:40 PM  

meanmutton: Comcast has at least another 20 or 30 years in it.  It might lose out on the big cities but it's going to be damn expensive to wire up all the suburbs with fiber.


Comcast just demoed pushing 3 gigabit over coxial. They will need to update to DOCSIS 3.1 to make it production though which isn't done yet which will allow up to 10 Gbps.

The problem is that this cuts into channels that host 3-4 channels. They will need to pay up for IPTv.
 
2013-06-25 01:40:11 PM  

Intrepid00: meanmutton: Comcast has at least another 20 or 30 years in it.  It might lose out on the big cities but it's going to be damn expensive to wire up all the suburbs with fiber.

Comcast just demoed pushing 3 gigabit over coxial. They will need to update to DOCSIS 3.1 to make it production though which isn't done yet which will allow up to 10 Gbps.

The problem is that this cuts into channels that host 3-4 channels. They will need to pay up for IPTv.


Point missed.

Even if they get 3Gb over coax with the new protocol this month, they will still be undercut by the competition because Comcast cannot sell their services for less. They are overleveraged. They'll raise the prices and attempt to block/restrict access to their online content (read: NBC) from competitors. Ultimately, the will spin off / sell NBC and fold because their business model is long-term untenable.
 
2013-06-25 01:41:43 PM  

PrivateCaboose: I was pretty happy with FIOS.  Now I am on Comcast (no FIOS in my building) and it sputters and fails when all three of us are on and streaming/surfing at once.


Buy a none shiat router or set the down and up on it so it can balance it out. That isn't an ISP issue.
 
2013-06-25 01:46:07 PM  

Starhawk: PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(

Game of Thrones is on Netflix... just finished Season 2.

Yeah, you have to wait for the newer stuff.  But totally worth not paying Comcrap an extra $100 a month for reruns and a billion channels of infomercials and garbage.


Streaming got?
 
2013-06-25 01:47:20 PM  

whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?


I would rather cuddle then have sex
I would rather cuddle than have sex
 
2013-06-25 01:51:48 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?

I would rather cuddle then have sex
I would rather cuddle than have sex


And we're done here.
 
2013-06-25 01:55:36 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?

I would rather cuddle then have sex
I would rather cuddle than have sex


I would rather have sex then cuddle than cuddle then have sex.

/I hope I did hat one right.
 
2013-06-25 01:57:11 PM  
What I do find interesting is that here, where we have both U-Verse and Comcast, we get exactly what we pay for.  When I was on Comcast, I paid for 15 Mbps and regularly got 14-16.  Now I'm on U-Verse and pay for 18 Mpbs and regularly get 16-20.  It's almost as though they're competing for my business.
 
2013-06-25 02:06:05 PM  
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Comcast, just outside of Hartford, CT. It hit 120, but managed to grab a screenshot as it was still above 100.
 
2013-06-25 02:08:55 PM  

PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(


Look at it this way: with the money you save each year you could buy the blu-rays when they come out, along with a dozen other HBO shows, and still have left over cash.

(I made my decision to cut the cord based on what I was essentially paying per episode of TV I was watching -- it was like $5/episode).
 
2013-06-25 02:14:09 PM  

RoxtarRyan: Comcast, just outside of Hartford, CT. It hit 120, but managed to grab a screenshot as it was still above 100.


So you have the $115 package for 105mbps connection?
 
2013-06-25 02:15:30 PM  

thornhill: PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(

Look at it this way: with the money you save each year you could buy the blu-rays when they come out, along with a dozen other HBO shows, and still have left over cash.

(I made my decision to cut the cord based on what I was essentially paying per episode of TV I was watching -- it was like $5/episode).


Oh I've lived without cable before. I won't miss it when I get rid of it. Bf is pretty attached to it, so we kept the cable box.
 
2013-06-25 02:15:38 PM  

thornhill: PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(

Look at it this way: with the money you save each year you could buy the blu-rays when they come out, along with a dozen other HBO shows, and still have left over cash.

(I made my decision to cut the cord based on what I was essentially paying per episode of TV I was watching -- it was like $5/episode).


You forgot no ads.
 
2013-06-25 02:19:38 PM  

Intrepid00: thornhill: PrivateCaboose: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: thecpt: Ah Comcast complaints. Aka people who never experienced cablevision

As in Optimum?  Meh...I really have no complaints for the internet.  Now Cable?! Different story:  they just added a Fox News clone called "The Blaze" or "If Fox News isn't RW enough for you, try us."

Forgot to add the following:  when your cable boxes come from Samsung, just ditch cable and go for Netflix and Hulu.  Less aggro that way.

Only problem is no Game of Thrones that way :(

Look at it this way: with the money you save each year you could buy the blu-rays when they come out, along with a dozen other HBO shows, and still have left over cash.

(I made my decision to cut the cord based on what I was essentially paying per episode of TV I was watching -- it was like $5/episode).

You forgot no ads.


Here's the thing for me: I figured out that, yeah, we were going to miss some shows that we enjoyed.  However, the amount of lost enjoyment wasn't worth the $150 a month we were spending on cable.

/Oh, and we have my father's HBO Go password, so there's that.
 
2013-06-25 02:20:34 PM  

Intrepid00: RoxtarRyan: Comcast, just outside of Hartford, CT. It hit 120, but managed to grab a screenshot as it was still above 100.

So you have the $115 package for 105mbps connection?


Nope, supposedly the "blast plus" speeds are 50 for $80, quoted from Comcast. Any average day I'm getting about 70-80 though.
 
2013-06-25 02:24:00 PM  

whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?


Mystery? not really....
paying enough attention? more of a problem.

/subby
 
2013-06-25 02:24:02 PM  
1000/1000 is an ISDN from 2002.
 
2013-06-25 02:26:03 PM  
I'm extremely jealous. I can, from where I'm sitting, literally walk over to where the Google campus is in under a half an hour, but we're not even close to getting this, yet.
 
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2013-06-25 02:27:40 PM  
Relevant.

/oligobble...
 
2013-06-25 02:41:26 PM  

theflatline: SleepingEye: I_Am_Weasel: I'm not even close to this.  *pouty face*

However, Google.  If you'd like to fibre up a really small town.  Call me!

Cuz tethering an iPhone.  SUCKS.

http://crackberry.com/rogers-flips-switch-lte-max-various-regions-to da y-including-manitoba-quebec-and-alberta

Maybe you should change phones?  LTE and LTE MAX (100+ mbps speeds!) are already available for the Galaxy S4, BB Q10 ... IN CANADA LOL.  They get everything there last.  (And seriously?  Blackberry is riding the cutting edge again?)

That does not matter as Canada has lower data caps than even the US.


Ain't that the truth

I get 6GB on tethering 3G, and that's only because it's a business plan

Normally, you're going to be relegated to 1GB.

Overage is $5/GB up to $10 for some plans.
 
2013-06-25 02:45:41 PM  

gingerjet: socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.

You really don't understand how content is delivered over the internet do you?

/we have 10gig internet links into several offices just for this purpose


I understand pretty well how content is delivered over the Internet.  I'm just questioning the need for a whole gig to your house.  I guess if there are several people there all streaming at once, maybe....
 
2013-06-25 02:49:45 PM  

Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.


Agreed, that is the worst part.  If I got the actual speeds they advertised I would be reasonably happy.  Instead, those speeds are only possible if my city got hit with some type of plague and all my neighbors died.
 
2013-06-25 02:56:07 PM  

nocturnal001: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

Agreed, that is the worst part.  If I got the actual speeds they advertised I would be reasonably happy.  Instead, those speeds are only possible if my city got hit with some type of plague and all my neighbors died.


Sounds like a great movie plot... Screw political ideologies, paranoia and religious zealots, let's have someone kill their entire neighborhood for faster internet service... ;-)
 
2013-06-25 02:58:27 PM  
I_Am_Weasel: I get 6GB on tethering 3G, and that's only because it's a business plan

Normally, you're going to be relegated to 1GB.


Walmart has a T-Mobile 4G phone plan that allows up to 5GB per month, but they charge $15/mo for tethering. I only found that out after I bought it. They are so good at hiding their hotspot fee that you can't find it by searching their website even when you know what to look for and can barely find it using Google. I'm not really sure how that's legal. But if you were so inclined to jailbreak your phone the basic plan is only $30/mo. I get about 2-4 megs of speed on my 3G phone which is way better than what mt AT&T "high" speed home connection gets:

i.imgur.com

::cue sad clown horn noise::
 
2013-06-25 03:00:23 PM  

gingerjet: socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.

You really don't understand how content is delivered over the internet do you?

/we have 10gig internet links into several offices just for this purpose


Same here, and add a pair of SONET rings at our primary and secondary data centers that run much, much, much faster.

I wish I could get just 1gig at home.
 
2013-06-25 03:12:39 PM  

Mikey1969: nocturnal001: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

Agreed, that is the worst part.  If I got the actual speeds they advertised I would be reasonably happy.  Instead, those speeds are only possible if my city got hit with some type of plague and all my neighbors died.

Sounds like a great movie plot... Screw political ideologies, paranoia and religious zealots, let's have someone kill their entire neighborhood for faster internet service... ;-)


I have Time Warner, so I have been severely tempted at times. (TW makes comcast look good).
 
2013-06-25 03:18:02 PM  
I feel like a traitor for saying this but....

I've got 60Mbps (and I used to have 100Mbps) - the thing is, I have no need for it.  I never even come close to using it.  That's why I dropped down from 100 (or 120 or whatever it was) to the 60Mbps.  The truth is, there are only so many Linux Distros and full WoW Installs you need to download per day.....after that, let's be honest - it's just for piracy, right?

www.speedtest.net
 
2013-06-25 03:32:24 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I feel like a traitor for saying this but....

I've got 60Mbps (and I used to have 100Mbps) - the thing is, I have no need for it.  I never even come close to using it.  That's why I dropped down from 100 (or 120 or whatever it was) to the 60Mbps.  The truth is, there are only so many Linux Distros and full WoW Installs you need to download per day.....after that, let's be honest - it's just for piracy, right?

[www.speedtest.net image 300x135]


All I want is enough for me to watch two HD streams from Netflix/HBOGo/Hulu and have two laptops casually browse the Internet simultaneously.  Around 15 Mbps tends to do that for me.
 
2013-06-25 03:33:16 PM  

Zombalupagus: I_Am_Weasel: I get 6GB on tethering 3G, and that's only because it's a business plan

Normally, you're going to be relegated to 1GB.

Walmart has a T-Mobile 4G phone plan that allows up to 5GB per month, but they charge $15/mo for tethering. I only found that out after I bought it. They are so good at hiding their hotspot fee that you can't find it by searching their website even when you know what to look for and can barely find it using Google. I'm not really sure how that's legal. But if you were so inclined to jailbreak your phone the basic plan is only $30/mo. I get about 2-4 megs of speed on my 3G phone which is way better than what mt AT&T "high" speed home connection gets:

::cue sad clown horn noise::


No T-mobile in Canada.

Though I would be interested to see the feasibility, with overage caps next year, of just getting the minimum data plan and just say screw it and tether for your regular internet and rely on the cap (I had a friend at university that would do that every three or four months with their cable, decide that for one month they will max out their cap and download everything they want). But I assume the phone companies will have to do something to prevent that.

As for the speed, I never had many issues with it at home, except when lots of people were on. We had to get better plans for the badwidth (for several people regularily streaming and downloading games 20 gigs didn't cut it) not the speed.
 
2013-06-25 04:00:19 PM  

kev_dog: Jumping on the Google bandwagon, Gigabit Seattle about to start signing up customers for 1000/1000 speeds for less then than Comcast. In other news: Comcast searching for ways of shutting down the competition


At least he didn't write "ways of reigning in the competition."
 
2013-06-25 04:17:59 PM  

Starhawk: Yeah, you have to wait for the newer stuff.  But totally worth not paying Comcrap an extra $100 a month for reruns and a billion channels of infomercials and garbage.


That's pretty much my argument.  I happen to flip through the channels the other day and IMHO 85% of the programming on basic cable was filled with either reality crap, movies I've watched at least twice, movies I'm not interested in and reruns of old series.  The HBO and Showtimes of the world are no better; for every one new movie in their programming, there are at least 10 that either I've watched or don't care for.
 
2013-06-25 04:19:03 PM  
I just cancelled ATT after a year of their 768k UVerse craptastic service. I was only paying $20 a month but I had to pay $50 for installation and buy their crippled $100 modem. After a year they decided they'd like me to pay $30 for the same service with absolutely no way to increase the speeds. Too far from the CO, no more pairs for bonded, no infrastructure upgrades planned. Anyone want a $100 NVG510 paperweight?

I HATE Charter. I really do. Unfortunately they are the only other option in my area. I ordered their 30mbs service unbundled for $30 a month. All their local TV ads say the services have to be bundled to get internet for $30 but if you go to their website you can order it ala carte. The other day I ran a speed test and was getting 38M down. Netflix is finally in HD and the wife messing around on her laptop doesn't cause buffering now. For a company I hate so much they're sort of making me happy. Those bastards!
 
2013-06-25 04:23:07 PM  

Rwa2play: Starhawk: Yeah, you have to wait for the newer stuff.  But totally worth not paying Comcrap an extra $100 a month for reruns and a billion channels of infomercials and garbage.

That's pretty much my argument.  I happen to flip through the channels the other day and IMHO 85% of the programming on basic cable was filled with either reality crap, movies I've watched at least twice, movies I'm not interested in and reruns of old series.  The HBO and Showtimes of the world are no better; for every one new movie in their programming, there are at least 10 that either I've watched or don't care for.


You don't get HBO or Showtime (or Hulu or Netflix, for that matter) for movies.  You get them for TV shows.
 
2013-06-25 04:27:14 PM  
People with Comcast issues need to realize that Comcast actively shuffles their best technicians to high income areas.  This is the case in Chicagoland, they will literally send high performing technicians to their northern suburb locations and out of the city.  I've had this confirmed by numerous techs, and have experienced it myself between the two locations.

Want better service?  Live in a better area.
 
2013-06-25 04:29:02 PM  

meanmutton: Rwa2play: Starhawk: Yeah, you have to wait for the newer stuff.  But totally worth not paying Comcrap an extra $100 a month for reruns and a billion channels of infomercials and garbage.

That's pretty much my argument.  I happen to flip through the channels the other day and IMHO 85% of the programming on basic cable was filled with either reality crap, movies I've watched at least twice, movies I'm not interested in and reruns of old series.  The HBO and Showtimes of the world are no better; for every one new movie in their programming, there are at least 10 that either I've watched or don't care for.

You don't get HBO or Showtime (or Hulu or Netflix, for that matter) for movies.  You get them for TV shows.


Ehhh...even then I'm not jonesing for it.  The family's another matter:  My little brother had the sad puppy eyes look after Spartacus ended.
 
2013-06-25 04:55:26 PM  
I'd love this, but the article doesn't mention, are there stupid monthly data limits like my cable company is trying to follow Comcast in doing?
 
2013-06-25 05:19:19 PM  
As someone moving to Seattle next year, I am going to be getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-06-25 05:21:25 PM  

Starhawk: Game of Thrones is on Netflix... just finished Season 2.


Thanks for the info.  Netflix sucks at recommending things.
 
2013-06-25 05:29:25 PM  

whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?


Their seems to be a recent rash of this here on fark.

/I see what I did their.
 
2013-06-25 05:35:00 PM  
To the people that say 1 gb down isnt useful. I remember back when I bought my first 3d accelerator for my pc and thought "wow 4mb, no graphics will ever need more than that. Graphics can't top this technology."

Moral is that technology always catches up to what is available.
 
2013-06-25 06:11:17 PM  
I'm waiting on Google to come to Denver.  I get 50M down and 5M up from Comcast, but they make me angry a lot. Since upload speed is important to me and the DSL around here advertises 30M down with around 256k up, Comcast has an effective monopoly on my business.  I just can't wait to give them the finger and switch to something else.
 
2013-06-25 06:29:32 PM  
www.speedtest.net

Paying for 45Mbps (old plan grandfathered in) getting +90, not bad for Roadrunner/Brighthouse
We use it too, 3 computers, 2 TVs running netflix/hulu near constantly & 2 phones
 
2013-06-25 08:41:57 PM  
s23.postimg.org
Why yes I am in the process of getting kicked off Sprint, why do you ask?
 
2013-06-25 08:59:46 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: whatshisname: When did the difference between "then" and "than" become one of life's great mysteries?

I would rather cuddle then have sex
I would rather cuddle than have sex


You missed a comma
 
2013-06-25 10:36:34 PM  

Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.


This is why I don't really mind my crappy DSL connection. Mock it all you want (as every Cox Cable commercial does), but it actually runs at the advertised speed, all the time. I used to pay $60 for a connection with frequent outages and a DL speed about half of what they had promised. Now we pay $20. It's a little slow, but it streams movies and games easily and hasn't died even once. The only problem I've seen is when the GF and I are both watching separate video on different laptops. Even then it works, just with the occasional stutter. To remedy this I just browse Fark or the local news until her movie is over.
 
2013-06-25 10:49:37 PM  

dickfreckle: Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.

This is why I don't really mind my crappy DSL connection. Mock it all you want (as every Cox Cable commercial does), but it actually runs at the advertised speed, all the time. I used to pay $60 for a connection with frequent outages and a DL speed about half of what they had promised. Now we pay $20. It's a little slow, but it streams movies and games easily and hasn't died even once. The only problem I've seen is when the GF and I are both watching separate video on different laptops. Even then it works, just with the occasional stutter. To remedy this I just browse Fark or the local news until her movie is over.


Yeah, but the D/L speed on DSL us shiatty. Consistent? Yes, they are, but even when my connection is slow, it can handle a couple of computers OK. DSL's selling point was always the high upload(which can actually help gaming) and the super consistent speed. I still don't think I'd switch to DSL, but I have to say it would be nice to have a consistent speed.
 
2013-06-25 11:45:05 PM  

meanmutton: Comcast has at least another 20 or 30 years in it.  It might lose out on the big cities but it's going to be damn expensive to wire up all the suburbs with fiber.


Given that most telecoms were provided nearly $300 billion, in government money, taxes, and increased charges specifically for that, over the last decade or so, they've already been paid to do so.

You've been ripped off.
 
2013-06-25 11:46:42 PM  

Explodo: I'm waiting on Google to come to Denver.  I get 50M down and 5M up from Comcast, but they make me angry a lot. Since upload speed is important to me and the DSL around here advertises 30M down with around 256k up, Comcast has an effective monopoly on my business.  I just can't wait to give them the finger and switch to something else.


This, unfortunately. Combine that with their new "turn every customer into a hotspot, whether they like it or not" push, I'd much prefer a fiber optic connection to my house (ideally, without an NSA/FBI/whatever packet sniffer on it.)
 
2013-06-26 12:33:30 AM  

Mikey1969: You know what sucks the MOST about Comcast(And other cable internet providers)? Regardless of the tiered package you pay for, you almost never get the actual speed you pay for. It's not really worth updating, because you get excuses any time your connection is anything more than about half what you are actually paying for.


Hell I'm just happy we're not getting disconnected constantly anymore. It went on like that for months, and it took a half dozen cable guys making us check our routers and computers before they decided it might be on their end.
 
2013-06-26 08:33:12 AM  

socodog: gingerjet: socodog: WTF is somebody doing with a gig to their computer.

No server is going to send data to you that fast over the Internet.

People don't understand bottle-necks at all.

You really don't understand how content is delivered over the internet do you?

/we have 10gig internet links into several offices just for this purpose

I understand pretty well how content is delivered over the Internet.  I'm just questioning the need for a whole gig to your house.  I guess if there are several people there all streaming at once, maybe....


3-5 Mbps seems to be plenty for streaming video.  I'd be all over this ftfa:

The cheapest plan is free for the first 60 months for 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload and $10 per month after the 60 months for 10 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload -- however, a $350 installation fee is required.

Perhaps, buying two one for dedicated streaming, and one for all other traffic.
 
2013-06-26 09:01:35 AM  
My neighbor's comcast works great.
 
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