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Old 07-01-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Folks: Does one have a choice of broadband connection, or are apartments tied to a particular company? If one does have a choice, which company would you recommend? By the way, I don't intend to contract for cable since I don't have a TV, so I'm in the market for a plain-vanilla broadband connection.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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Folks: Does one have a choice of broadband connection, or are apartments tied to a particular company? If one does have a choice, which company would you recommend? By the way, I don't intend to contract for cable since I don't have a TV, so I'm in the market for a plain-vanilla broadband connection.

Tethering through your cell phone would be cheaper and your best bet.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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I have used Clear 4G wireless network for the past 6 months and couldn't be happier. For $60 per month I get wireless 4g that is good anywhere in the country along with back up 3g wireless if ever the 4G is unavailable. I depend on a daily broadband signal as a web designer, and this has worked brilliantly. I keep the usb dongle with my laptop and use the connection wherever I travel. Plus, there is no contract. It is so good that I cancelled my cable broadband service.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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Folks: Does one have a choice of broadband connection, or are apartments tied to a particular company? If one does have a choice, which company would you recommend? By the way, I don't intend to contract for cable since I don't have a TV, so I'm in the market for a plain-vanilla broadband connection.
Depends where in NYC you live. You may options or you may not have any choice in the matter. Generally your two choices will be Verizon and Time Warner. There are smaller providers like RCN but not widely available.

As for vanilla broadband, it also depends what you want out of it. Just websurf and no streaming, heavy download, or gaming action? If you download a lot and are heavy into gaming, Fios is way to go but it is premium. If you just surf web and don't care to stream anything or download much then lowest tier available like cheapo dsl or lowerst tier roadrunner, or even tethering (if your service provider allows).
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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I use RCN and only have Internet. $26.99, $5 more if you need to rent a cable modem from then. I've got 15Mbps down and (I think) 5 up, although I think that plan is now a little more expensive and I'm grandfathered into it.
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