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    broadband recommendation

    Looking for best broadband can anyone recommend an ISP

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    Hi Dan

    What is your location?

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    The first two places you should check (or call) are your local telephone provider (DSL) and/or whoever supplies cable television for your town (cable broadband).

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    Personally, I trust an independent DSL vendor like Earthlink to provide helpful customer service much more than my local/regional phone company. If you are price-sensitive (who isn't?!) then you might check the offers that undoubtedly arrive in your mailbox every month from the cable company and see if those provide an attractive alternative to DSL prices (usually the promotional rate is too short to beat DSL over a period of 6-12 months). Your auto club, airline mile program, and others may have offers on broadband service that include other benefits.

    But what can you actually get? Eathlink and others have zip code and/or phone number based searches on their sites that indicate more specifically the services available in your area. In some cases you can get both DSL and cable, and have a choice of vendors. In some places, you might not have any choice. Unless you speak with folks in your neighborhood, any more advice is likely to be pretty general.

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    FWIW, a friend at work just went through a 'discussion' with the local phone company in St Louis. They like everyone else are running a deal for the frist 12 months on DSL for new customers. He has been a customer for a while. He 'discussed' the situation and was eventually told that he could have the deal price if he committed to a 12 month contract. Also, the 'deal' could be renewed at the end of 12 months if he was willing to commit for yet another 12 months. But it was up to him to remember when his first contract was up and make the contact. If he did not the 'contract' would change to month-to-month at the prevailing price. He just did this so it remains to be seen what happens about 11 months from now.

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

    It is not just about price. Here in Canada I have tried both ADSL (Bell) and Cable (Rogers) .

    <font color=blue> ADSL </font color=blue>
    Con - More line noise the further you are from the Telco building. This means more network collisions and more lost packets which greatly reduces your overall DL speed. UL speed is not effected as much as this is limited compared to your DL speed.
    Pro - Not much variation is speed depending on time of day or usage.

    <font color=blue> Cable </font color=blue>
    Con - The more people on the same hub as you at the same time will reduce your speed.
    Pro - You can be a much greater distance from the hub without line noise interference.

    So I would first see how far you are from the Telco building (Line distance, They will provide you with this if you ask or like Bell here in Canada you can go onto their web site give them your address and they will give you the distance.) Also you might look at asking your neighbors around you what, they are using and how fast it is.

    Also depending on how good you are with computers you might want to also see which provider has the service support you might need (when something goes wrong, it nice to know then they have tech support 24H that is somebody not reading it out of a book to you.)

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    live in Pittsburgh, and I've been pleasantly surprised by Comcast's permormance. Good sing up deals, good reliability and high speeds. They have a few other features , but I don't use a lot of those. The web-based user's forum has a lot of very bright people participating in it.

    I don't know if Comcast's standards are the same everywhere availabkle, but I do recall that my service problems were taken care of quickly once Cmcast took over from the last cable company around here.

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    Yep. There certainly are other considerations. I was just trying to respond to Jefferson's post & point out something a friend here found out about pricing.

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    Joe,

    I hope that you did not take that as a shot at you.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: broadband recommendation

    Not a problem. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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