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Internet Service Providers

It is amazing how much one internet service provider can vary from one to the next, at least here in the U.S.

My provider was Verizon for several years. They would be considered a rather large corporation here. I never really had a problem with their service, and I never needed to call them for any support, help, or problems. It just worked as advertised.

The only minor drawback is that I never got the full speed of the advertised connection. This is fairly common with DSL though. A lot of factors can make this happen with dsl, such as line quality, how far away you live from a main line or the teleco, wiring in your house, etc.

It was near the full speed advertised, but just slightly shy of ever reaching it. Overall it was very consistent, steady, and very low latency. For the price I really couldn't complain.

Now for some reason Verizon has been getting out of the market of internet service provider in some locations around the U.S. Which is kind of strange since they were heavily pushing this not too long ago. They even spent big bucks laying fiber optic (fios) cable all over.

So in my neck of the woods anyway, they sold out somehow to another company. The changeover was almost unnoticed which was good.

I have been noticing the past couple of days that both my download and upload speeds haven't been the greatest. So last night I decided to download a larger file to see what would happen.

When I had Verizon it would be a constant and consistent 350 KB's per second. Which is in the neighborhood of what I should see with the package I had with them.

I am supposed to have the same with this new company, but the download speed is all over the place. One second it is 350 KB's per second, and the next it's 290 KB's, then 220 KB's. This was late at night or early morning when traffic should be less.

It seems this new company has reduced connectivity. I don't know if they are not providing a good fast line to my neighborhood like Verizon was that could keep up with things or what. Maybe they throttle it somehow.

I am going to have to keep an eye on it for a while, and check sometime during busier times of the day. I'll have to test some videos out too. There are some fairly large videos out there these days that need a good steady internet connection and speed.

The price is the same as Verizon so I can't complain too much.

I don't know for sure, but I have read at other sites that this new company has a very low cap on how much you can download in a given month. Whether they slow your connection down if you approach or reach that amount I don't know. If that is the case, then I will be a little p'd off.

I don't know if any internet service provider is perfect, but Verizon sure had a much more solid and powerful setup or network.

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