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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:02 PM
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Default Is there ANY high speed internet in California??

We just traveled down from central Washington to California for warmer weather. Part of our job requires high speed internet access. Where is it in California?

In our rural area of Washington the standard service is 100 mbps down and up. If your cheap you can drop to 25 mbps and if your wealthy you can get 1 gbps.

So as we travel around California we are lucky to find sites that even get pass ONE mbps. These are wi-fi sites available through public access points.

Is it really that primitive down here??

Should I get a 4g card to get just to get slightly faster though still slow internet speeds??
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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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I have Verizon's FiOS here in Murrieta. I pay for 30/30, but I often get over 40 down. It's part of my triple play pack - Internet, TV and phone for $99 plus tax per month. I think it's about $35 or so by itself.

We're supposed to be getting an upgrade to 100/100 in the next year or so. I'm not aware of anyone other than Google offering anywhere near 1gbps. What company in Washington has that? What do they charge?
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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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We're supposed to be getting an upgrade to 100/100 in the next year or so. I'm not aware of anyone other than Google offering anywhere near 1gbps. What company in Washington has that? What do they charge?
Yeah I'm doubting that number given that you'd need to 100% utilize a GigE network interface to see that speed and that's not going to happen on a PC.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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In our rural area of Washington the standard service is 100 mbps down and up.
On public wi-fi? Because that's what you're using down here, right?

This is as good as it gets for my area. I don't qualify for DSL:

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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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In Costa Mesa:

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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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We just traveled down from central Washington to California for warmer weather. Part of our job requires high speed internet access. Where is it in California?

In our rural area of Washington the standard service is 100 mbps down and up. If your cheap you can drop to 25 mbps and if your wealthy you can get 1 gbps.

So as we travel around California we are lucky to find sites that even get pass ONE mbps. These are wi-fi sites available through public access points.

Is it really that primitive down here??

Should I get a 4g card to get just to get slightly faster though still slow internet speeds??
High speed is available all over the state. Free high speed not so.

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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:45 PM
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We're supposed to be getting an upgrade to 100/100 in the next year or . I'm not aware of anyone other than Google offering anywhere near 1gbps. What company in Washington has that? What do they charge?[/QUOTE]

Quite a few companies...too many to list here. The fiber network was built by the local Public Utility Districts. State law precludes the public utilities from offering retail services. So there are many local companies providing retail internet, phone, and cable services to local residents.

Here are a couple of articles on the system. Chelan County is the worst of the lot. They are just beginning to offer 1gbps service. Faster fiber screaming this way | Local news, sports, weather, blogs, opinion, crime, obituaries, business, directory, marketplace, education, high school, family, shopping, arts, entertainment, movies, books, cooking, auto, real estate, jobs, classi

Grant and Douglas County is well ahead of Chelan County:http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/si/casi/ca6000/prodlit/gtcty_bc.pdf (broken link)

As you can see by the dates in the article this is pretty old news for us.

I believe Grant and Douglas Counties ISP providers charge in the neighborhood of $40/month for 1 Gbps service. Chelan County is under $200 a month, but they have always been behind the curve on fiber.

Unfortunately, we live in Chelan County.

But all the free wi-fi access is offered at those speeds. Why would a business cap the wi-fi speed?? Why would I go to a cafe with less than 1mbps service if the one next door had 1gbps service??
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Unread 02-03-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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I believe Grant and Douglas Counties ISP providers charge in the neighborhood of $40/month for 1 Gbps service. Chelan County is under $200 a month, but they have always been behind the curve on fiber.

Unfortunately, we live in Chelan County.
Sadly this is California.

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Unread 02-03-2012, 09:04 PM
 
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1Gbit over wifi? I don't think so.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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Nobody said anything about capping, but if there is a slower, cheaper service available, some might opt for that to keep overhead down.
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