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Found from Tom L. I didn't realize France has 100Mbs + TV + Television for $45 a month. Some people are saying that well France is smaller than the US. It isn't that the US has to have the same bandwidth everywhere... but there just isn't this capability _at all_. Not even in SF. There really isn't enough competition.

I am biased.. considering I decided to go with Covad in March.. pay for my 6Mbs download.. and it's incredibly unreliable. For $135 a month I mostly get 2-3Mbs. I just don't have the time to spend on the phone every month to get them to sort out the circuit. I'm wondering if it's the modem, but I don't really know what I can do.

The latest bit from Covad is that I can pay them for their time, gas, and new equipment for them to come and fix the problem.


Prior to this I had Comcast cable internet access. Comcast would do wacky things like rate limit particular sites, or go out for a day because someone in the apartment complex moved in and was getting new service and comcast operator would switch out my line with a broken line. I actually got more consistent speedy results with comcast, and got cable as well! Still nothing 6Mbs like.

I don't feel that I can support Comcast with some of the dodgy decisions they make with regards to deciding who can do what with their internet connection.

I don't have many options to choose from though. It's frustrating.


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Aug. 21st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
New York has FIOS from Verizon--it's over 50Mbit for $140. Probably $200 for triple play.

30Mbit cable is about $120 on triple play IIRC.

UK is limited to 8Mbps on DSL.
Aug. 21st, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
No it isn't, I have 22.4Mb at home.

BT DSL is limited to 8Mb, but LLU operators like Sky do up to 24Mb.
Aug. 21st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
yeah, oops - got distracted and forgot to finish the sentence. Unbundled goes up to 24, but it's patchy I think (I lived in an unbundled area).

Cable is faster but I'm not sure how much faster--I think Virgin got smacked for exaggerating how fast its broadband was.
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
As mentioned in edited post.. I got more reliable service from cable not speedier though.
Aug. 21st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, I thought we had it bad over here, although I thought the US fared better. We pay £24 a month for 8Mbps and generally get 2-2.5Mbps. BT will do sod-all to speed it up unless we pay them £90, and even then they only guarantee and extra .5Mbps.

ADSL2 will get us up to 6 (out of a max 24). Cable will get us up to 20, depending on how good their service is feeling that day, but they lay fibre to your property rather than relying on the frail copper cable that runs up the side of our house and out to a big pole on the street. Nobody really wants to pay for the infrastructure, and BT are taking their own sweet time to do it.

If the bandwidth in France upsets you, I advise not looking at Scandinavia... :)
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