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Old 04-09-2007, 11:18 AM
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Which ISP is the one to sign up for ?
My wife is finishing her Masters degree online she uses the computer virtuall everyday so I need speed.
Here in Kansas we have cox cable high speed internet which is real fast.
The kids download music videos and such
So I need some recomendations on which company to use for my ISP.
Any help would greatful
Oh yea we live in the North part of COS if that has any bearing.
Thanks
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I have Comcast. They bought out the Adelphia system. I think it has improved. I have lost signal only once in the past 2 months. Current measured speed: 3.1 megabits per second
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:28 PM
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What do you mean Lost Signal not familiar with that, you mean you lost connection ?
That just should not happen these days.
We here have 7 megabites per second so It must be half the speed ?
Wow downloads take a while ?
I guess comcast looks like the only logical choice
As far as a modem do I have to buy one or does Comcast lease one ?

Thanks for the info

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Old 04-09-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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What do you mean Lost Signal not familiar with that, you mean you lost connection ?
That just should not happen these days.
We here have 7 megabites per second so It must be half the speed ?
Wow downloads take a while ?
I guess comcast looks like the only logical choice
As far as a modem do I have to buy one or does Comcast lease one ?

Thanks for the info

Lost signal means I had to re-boot the modem. It's now very infrequent. With Adelphia, it could happen 3 times per day.

The speed with Adelphia was frequently less than 1 Mb/sec. Comcast says it can be faster, but I just reported what I measured today. Maybe one of my neighbors is downloading a movie. One disadvantage to cable, is that you share the bandwidth on your loop.

I bought my own modem at Best Buy. Some people report good results with DSL on Qwest; I haven't tried it.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I have Comcast. They bought out the Adelphia system. I think it has improved. I have lost signal only once in the past 2 months. Current measured speed: 3.1 megabits per second
Oh man, I was on my dad's computer yesterday (he has Comcast) and it was painfully slow. Just lightly better than a dial-up connection with a speed boosting software. I went in to tell him his internet s ucks. Haha, in a room full of other people and everyone agreed that Comcast is sub-par. Even the guy who owns a serious computer/networking company agreed.

I personally use Qwest's flavor (not MSN - but straight through Qwest) and have pretty decent speeds. I do web design for a living so I have to mostly be concerned about upload more than download but I do download things associated with my design from a client of mine (whole web sites in Photoshop format - big files) and it's not that bad at all.

It's much faster than my dad's Comcast. There was no excuse for his speeds to be that slow as most of his neighborhood were also celebrating Easter or not around. 3:00 pm on a holiday Sunday should be a good time to be on the internet.

Remember that Comcast users are on a network which is different than a DSL line. I have a straight line to the internet rather than a central point like Comcast where you are sharing your connections with others in your immediate area before you get to the internet. My speeds remain pretty consistant for the most part unlike my dad's speeds that can slow to a crawl in the early evenings.

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Default ISP relevant COS question

I live in the east side of Kings Deer near Monument. There is no DSL or Cable internet service available (as of summer 2006, probably should check again...). We receive internet data using Falcon Broadband via an antenna mounted on my roof which receives a carrier from a transmitting antenna mounted at the Kings Deer golf course. Fairly reliable. Lost connectivity for tens of minutes at a time during big summer thunderstorms. Lost connectivity for a few hours during our recent ice events. Speed is OK for me, saw downloads around 1.1 mbps and uploads around 0.6 mbps (test data from 6:30pm Monday night). Have every firewall and virus protection known to man activated.

I think I pay around $40/month for internet - something like that plus $12-15/month for El Cheapo phone service.

Use www.testmy.net for a pretty decent technical evaluation of your service.

Hope these posts helps us find the best service and save money.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:45 AM
ahz
 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
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At work we use Qwest DSL. It used to work very nicely at 1.5Mbps/756Kbps, but lately the download speed is very slow. At home I have CoInfoTech.com 256Kbps DSL, and it works very well. Each service is about $30/mo.

I would consider switching to Qwest MSN DSL 1.5Mbps for home, but I really hate the thought MSN. I wish Qwest sold residential 1.5Mbps DSL without MSN for the same price.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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My experience w/ Adelphia was just the opposite of a previous poster. I had their service for 11 months before Comcast took over. With Adelphia, I only had 1 outage for around a day.

Comcast started off OK, but the last 2 months I've had 3-4 outages, 2 of which were multiple days. As a result, I'm fed up w/ paying $53/mo for hi-speed internet that keeps going off. IMO, Comcast is not holding up their end of the bargain. To top it off, we were paying ~$42/mo for hi speed internet. About 1 month after Comcast completed their acquisition, they jacked up the rates $10! Talk about annoying!!!

I look forward to the day when their is some REAL competition in town for hi-speed internet other than Comcast & Qwest. Falcon Broadband, and another hi-speed cable internet company, now have 10-yr options to prove hi speed internet to the city. Hopefully, they roll out their packages quickly.

In the mean time, I'm looking seriously at Qwest unless I can get some concessions out of Comcast b/c I'm fed up.

I wish Qwest DSL wasn't bundled w/ MSN - I wonder if there's a way to unbundle it - haven't asked yet, so I don't know.

Oh - we're on the NW side of town in the Mtn Shadows area.

Hope this info was helpful.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:17 AM
ahz
 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
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I wish Qwest DSL wasn't bundled w/ MSN - I wonder if there's a way to unbundle it - haven't asked yet, so I don't know.
A couple years ago, I asked, and Qwest said no. That's why I am paying more for less bandwidth with CIT DSL at home. In any case, it's very reliable.

At work, we have a business Qwest 1.5Mbps/756Kbps without MSN (and even without e-mail) for something like $30/mo. It's also reliable and allows incoming connections (for VPN/servers), and I wish I could get it residentially.
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:30 PM
 
Location: United States
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A couple years ago, I asked, and Qwest said no. That's why I am paying more for less bandwidth with CIT DSL at home. In any case, it's very reliable.

At work, we have a business Qwest 1.5Mbps/756Kbps without MSN (and even without e-mail) for something like $30/mo. It's also reliable and allows incoming connections (for VPN/servers), and I wish I could get it residentially.
Can a home business have the Qwest 1.5Mbps you speak of, or is it a matter of location and other reasons?
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