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Old 08-11-2017, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Slow high speed internet getting expensive

I had $9.99 768k DSL for many years, $4.99 56k before that
more than fast enough for what I do online.

When I moved the price went up to $14.99 for 3mb service, no slow service available

I would like to get cheap dsl for my mother in 54476 but the lowest non contract price is $20

What happened to the cheap slow DSL plans?

I don't need 10mb + nor does my mother

Ah well

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20 Is nothing for internet. I pay 75 for 100/100.
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I shared a 1.5 Mbps DSL connection between my parents and grandparents house, about 450 ft away, with a wifi bridge.

I'd split a connection with neighbors if they are close enough.

I used to swap between DSL and cable every year to stay in the promotional period. To do this, it's best to have your wireless router separate from your modems.
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I would guess the price increases as they industry expands their infrastructure. Good 'ole utility model, spend money then jack up the rates of the customer.
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I would guess the price increases as they industry expands their infrastructure. Good 'ole utility model, spend money then jack up the rates of the customer.
...using the expansion 'costs' as the reason for the rate increases (which ALWAYS exceed the actual costs...ie: profitability).
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7.5 down / 0.33 up costs $40 in my area. I agree, it seems like the floor is rising with internet costs. For $55, I'm getting 150/150.
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...using the expansion 'costs' as the reason for the rate increases (which ALWAYS exceed the actual costs...ie: profitability).
Correct, regulated companies are allowed to make a certain roi. More investment, more return.
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20 Is nothing for internet. I pay 75 for 100/100.
I don't want 100/100

1mb would be plenty

Above $15 a month my mother doesn't want internet
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I had a five-year price lock-in with Centurylink, but since it ended they've gone up 50%

If I could front the $500 to get on board, I could save $800 a year with Calyx Institute:

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/calyx-institute-offering-unlimited-unthrottled-sprint-service/
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If you are in NorCal check with Sonic. Early last year I switched to them from Earthlink DSL (after an unpleasant month spent getting the runaround from Indian call-center staff). Since I'm at the far end of the DSL wire from the telco office I was glad to see a small bump in DSL speed (1.5 -> 3 mbs ) for a $40 or so per month reduction in price. A big problem remained in that the service was still over AT&T's legacy copper, and here near the beach (in the fogbelt) the service was subject to issues when it was really damp.

Then last summer they rolled out their own Gigabit Fiber network in my neighborhood. I speedtest at about 900+ mbs up and down, and with unlimited VOIP telephone the last bill totalled (with regulatory surcharges and $9.50/month equipment rental) $72.35. The base price on the GF is $50/month.

I could buy my own wire/wireless router but by renting their's I'm covered if a replacement is needed and they can dive into the router remotely for diagnostics, and the few times I've needed to contact support (located about 90 miles north of me) things were quickly resolved.

The CEO is also keen on keeping his customers information private which is nice.

This is one of the rare times that I've been in the right place at the right time.



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