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DSL vs Cable?
Posted 11 February 2004 - 06:52 PM
Now things have appeared to change at CeturyTel, they are now offering 3 tiers of DSL service, Fast 256K/128K* for $34.95/mo, Faster 768K/256K* for $44.95/mo and Fastest 1.5M/256K* at $54.95/mo and the $5/mo discount is applied to all three tiers when you get the EasyPlan phone service and both Centurytel and Comcast have new customer discounts for the first 2 or 3 months, so I could get the Fast tier for only $29.95/mo regular price with EasyPlan. With these new DSL prices who needs cable tv and cable internet bundling to get the best deals. How do these speeds compare to cable internet?
Posted 11 February 2004 - 07:53 PM
I have Earthlink through time warner, and I just did a speed test from www.dslreports.com/stest, and got 2.5/365.
Posted 11 February 2004 - 11:53 PM
Cable is much faster here. I regularly get 384k UP and 3.5-5mbit down
Posted 12 February 2004 - 09:10 AM
Finally, the phone company made DSL available to me, I switched and have never been sorry. I get a CONSISTENT speed, regardless of the time of day. I get tech support that answers the phone within a few minutes and actually knows what they're doing. I have only had one outage in the last 2 years, and that lasted less than one day. I've heard that the cable company is doing better these days, but after that taste I had, I'm leary of biting.
Posted 12 February 2004 - 11:22 AM
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 03:59 PM
It all depends on your area, I would think cable would have faster speeds, but you might not want to pay it. Or the speeds on some packages could be just about the same (with me, around here) and one could cost alot more. In all, call the cable company (or check the site) and ask what speed(s) they offer.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 06:38 PM
Posted 18 February 2004 - 04:38 PM
Avoid CenturyTel. It's SLOOWWWWWW (1208 is the fastest I've seen and the fastest on DSLReports seems to be under 1300). They block ICMP (no pings or tracerts). There are times it hardly works at all. Back when you COULD ping there were times I'd see pings over 1000ms (usually late at night, oddly enough). Admittedly, I haven't seen that in quite a long time. Still, for a new subscriber, cable is new and can't be much worse than CenturyTel. Avoid CenturyTel. Seriously. You're not allowed to send OR RECIEVE emails with "hello" "hi" or "test" for the subject line (this is brand new and is said to be for MyDoom. Even if it is for MyDoom, I bet they'll be blocking it long after MyDoom is gone. They're still blocking pings to stop worms long gone. hello or hi is used for half the subject lines of all email worldwide I'd bet. At least for half the email I get on my webmail account (I don't even bother using their mailserver...).).
Thanks MarkA for the warning. Which CenturyTel market are you in? I wander if all CenturyTel area's are the same, I am disappointed to hear this because I was looking for a broadband alternative to CoNcast, oh well.
Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:09 PM