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Old 09-18-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Hi,
I just arrived in Chicago. I came from Krakow, Poland where I had 120 mbit download internet speed connection for about $40. Here in Chicago the most what I can get is 5 mbit from Comcast and 3.5 mbit from AT&T for $50 and $35. I never knew Poland was so ahead of USA if it comes to internet speed... AT&T even offered me a speed of 768 kbps - I had faster internet 10 years ago in Poland..
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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That comcast speed is slow. In NJ, we get 20mbit down for $50. The problem with the US is that it's such a massive piece of land. We simply cannot upgrade out 100 year-old infrastructure quickly. It takes time to lay down fiber optics across 3.79 million square miles. It is a major drawback.

That being said, the US has just started rolling out 1gbit connections in select markets. I expect this to come to all metropolitan areas in the coming years.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:54 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Hi,
I just arrived in Chicago. I came from Krakow, Poland where I had 120 mbit download internet speed connection for about $40. Here in Chicago the most what I can get is 5 mbit from Comcast and 3.5 mbit from AT&T for $50 and $35. I never knew Poland was so ahead of USA if it comes to internet speed... AT&T even offered me a speed of 768 kbps - I had faster internet 10 years ago in Poland..
Smaller countries = less area to cover

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Old 09-19-2010, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Central, IL
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Hi,
I just arrived in Chicago. I came from Krakow, Poland where I had 120 mbit download internet speed connection for about $40. Here in Chicago the most what I can get is 5 mbit from Comcast and 3.5 mbit from AT&T for $50 and $35. I never knew Poland was so ahead of USA if it comes to internet speed... AT&T even offered me a speed of 768 kbps - I had faster internet 10 years ago in Poland..
For one, you may want to call comcast back, since in Chicago you can get 10 times the speed you are claiming.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I once a Mod on a forum based in the UK, that was heavily focused on streaming media. As they kept upgrading they did make their site really pretty and interactive, however my through-put speeds caused each page to hang for long delays. We messed with different options, but nothing helped. All of their European Mods and users had no problems at all. It was only the US folks.

We have 'fair use' policies which restrict through-put.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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For one, you may want to call comcast back, since in Chicago you can get 10 times the speed you are claiming.
Not in my area. ATT also offers 10 mbits but only where rich people live.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Central, IL
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Not in my area. ATT also offers 10 mbits but only where rich people live.
then you are not in chicago, maybe in one of the suburbs. but in the city, there isnt an area that comcast doesnt offer 50m/b
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Hi,
I just arrived in Chicago. I came from Krakow, Poland where I had 120 mbit download internet speed connection for about $40. Here in Chicago the most what I can get is 5 mbit from Comcast and 3.5 mbit from AT&T for $50 and $35. I never knew Poland was so ahead of USA if it comes to internet speed... AT&T even offered me a speed of 768 kbps - I had faster internet 10 years ago in Poland..
Welcome to the New Third World.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:22 AM
 
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Welcome to the New Third World.
Unlikely in our lifetime.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Internet connections are point to point connections. A connection originates and goes through several routers before reaching its final destination. The bottom line is that other countries use more advanced technologies that allow for higher internet speeds. The amount of fiber optic cabling used on a network plays a critical role in how fast the internet is. A lot of countries have fiber all the way to a house. That is still a novel concept here in the United States where in most cases the cabling is still coax or twisted pair telephone wiring. Also United States lags in the percentage of connections which are broadband connections.

By the way great links on internet speeds around the world.
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