The One About Our Internet Access

The One About Our Internet Access

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We have been getting out broadband internet access from Comcast.

As their ads say, "It's Comcastic"

comcastic

We are also getting our cable TV service from Comcast.

Now, we have moved around a few times, so how have I been able to manage this?

Well, the housing provider manages the actual accounts with Comcast.

Each time we have moved house, I have had to complete a form and a cable modem magically appears at the house. I then go through the setup, plug in the account details and voila I am on the interweb.

It's been a relatively painless experience.

It's a cable connection, which is the same as I had back home in Sydney with Optus. However, the speed is much faster than I had back home.

I took a broadband speed test and came up with :

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Not too fast, but not too slow either. Rigo is happy - and you know, that's all that matters.

Right now I am thinking what to get once we move to our new home.

I would really like something *FAST*, ideally "fibre to the home" (or as they call it here, FTTP or  Fibre to the Premises). Verizon has an offering called FiOS wich seems interesting.

I need to do my research and find out what other options are out there. Any suggestions??

Does it make sense to get Phone, Digital TV and High-Speed Internet from the same provider?

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  • Hey Frank,

    I think one of the "perks" of moving to the US is that the infrastructure isn't as dated as the one here in Australia.

    I have to admit one thing though - having both worked for a telecommunications company outside of Telstra, it's become clear over the years that the speed of "local" internet connections versus international traffic is very very large.

    At home i'm on an 8M/364Kb DSL connection, and outside of the upload speed I honestly don't think i would bother to get any faster for the time being. Most of the stuff i download (in terms of larger files) are located internationally - which most of the time gives me a 150kb download speed.

    That's nearly 15% of the possible speed that my connection can handle and shows clearly that international speeds aren't as good as they could be, regardless of the aged infrastructure we have here.

    I hope that you'll actually manage to get your full speed available to you now that you're located in the US, otherwise, having a fast connection isn't going to do you much good.

    *grumble grumble* i wish the big players in the market starts to realise that the internet has grown far beyond the national borders these days and puts fast international equipment and links up in the near future.

  • Information is ~2 years old, but we tried verizon DSL for a bit (while keeping comcast).  I think there was some deal to try to get us to switch from cable over to DSL.

    It was reaaaaaaally slow so we cancelled it and returned the equipment.  If you can find a "switch" deal I would try that so you can compare side by side.

    ...but now I've done the opposite of you (Seattle->Oz), so complaining about DSL versus Cable seems a bit moot.  =)

  • Finally got around to ordering my new broadband service and it's Good News! Yes, fiber is indeed good

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