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Old 02-05-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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Default Can anyone recommend a good internet provider?

Hi I just moved to Chicago and was wondering if there was a really good internet provider that anyone could recommend to me? My budget is $50.00 and I'd like to have wifi but cable is good. Also I don't watch T.V. so I am just looking for internet connection. Thank you!!!
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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i personally have comcast, not a big fan, i have heard good things about rcn, but they do not have service in all areas. if you want wifi, just get a wireless router and set it up yourself, it takes 10 minutes and you dont have to pay for someone from the cable company to do it.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I had comcast and never had a problem. You may not have a choice between rcn and comcast, depending on where you live. Contact them (as well as at&t for dsl...which I didn't love) and get prices.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have Speakeasy. It's pretty expensive, BUT: 1) I don't have to share bandwidth with everyone on the loop like with cable; 2) I can count the downtime in hours instead of days in all the 5 years I've had it; 3) They permit their users to run servers and don't smack down "excessive bandwidth use" like some cable providers; 4) They not only allow but actively assist in reselling access to my neighbors via wi-fi. My upstairs neighbor was paying me $30/mo for wireless access until he moved.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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RCN is way better than Comcast if you are lucky enough to move into its area. (I have had both.)
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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If all you need is excellent service and reliability, then go with Comcast Cable High Speed Internet (HSI). I signed up with their fastest speed plan and it is blazing. I have downloaded tons of stuff over the last three years and Comcast has never complained to me about excessive bandwidth use. If they ever do complain about a person, then that person must be way out of line beyond reason with their bandwidth usage.

Here is what Comcast does not allow:

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Prohibited Uses of HSI. You agree not to use HSI for operation as an Internet service provider, a server site for ftp, telnet, rlogin, e-mail hosting, “Web hosting” or other similar applications, for any business enterprise, or as an end-point on a non-Comcast local area network or wide area network."
So if you need to run a server of some kind or want to sell your own wireless bandwidth, then you'll need to find another ISP.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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I've had both Comcast Cable and AT&T DSL in the past few years. I always had a lot of trouble with Comcast being a bit spotty. While DSL is supposed to be slower, I think that the increased reliability and consistency of the speed has made that a better option for me. But you have to be careful with their DSL--they have multiple speeds available depending on your location, and you really do want the faster DSL.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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Thumbs up awesome!

Wow... Thanks everyone!

I'm glad that I asked.

I wanted to try RCN, but apparently their service is not available
in my area. Oh well.
I guess I'm gonna give a try to Comcast.

thanks again,

-Pinknosekitty
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Anybody have any ideas on ATT Yahoo! HSI? It's a lot cheaper, since I'm not looking to get a bundle either.
Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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I've had SBC now ATT DSL for 8 years or so and it's been great. I'm on the Pro package which is 3mb download and 512 upload for $19.99 a month about 1/3 the price Comcast cable HSI would cost. They also offer the Elite package for 34.99 a month with speeds of 6mb down and 768 up.
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