reply to IowaCowboy
Re: Spin-off Some people cannot get cable modem and can only get DSL. Heck, my "in-laws" in Maine are on a road 500 yards away from a cable line that TWC or Beeline services ( I forget which because one end of their road is serviced by TWC, the other end is serviced by Beeline...). We called both companies and one of them wanted to charge $10k to run a cable line a short run from the next house for their overly expensive yet underwhelming service.
So the "best" packages that the in-laws can NOT get from beeline is:
Speeds up to 512 Kbps x 128 Kbps
Business and Residential Internet
Speeds up to 1.0 Mbps x 256 Kbps
Additional computers for the Business Internet package are $4.95 a month. All businesses are subject to a site survey. Package prices do not include applicable taxes, franchise fees and fcc fees.
Speeds up to 4.0 Mpbs x 384 Kbps
Speeds up to 8.0 Mbps x 512 Kbps
I have no idea what the prices are for any of these services, they took them off the website so that you would have to call in and be sold on the services...
What the family family actually settled on was DSL service from Fairpoint which is advertised as up to 3 mbps down for $35.99/month.
What they get is often around 512 Kbps x 128 Kbps. Actually they should probably be paying for the Up to 768 Kbps downloads 128 Kbps upload for $20.99/month and save the extra $15 for speeds that they NEVER get.
So, they stay with Fairpoint because the HAVE to in order to have internet access. They couldn't get the other option and that other option was pretty lacking as well anyway....
My point is that at&t ( and other DSL companies) should just upgrade the service already... There are a ton of people who use it as their only option. I'm very glad to have FiOS and not to need to worry about this issue personally, but it certainly affects others.