Paying Less and Getting More

01.05.54 - Mark

Telco companies are a necessary evil, at least in the US. My internet has been inexcusably slow over the last week, and absolutely intolerable the last two days. This isn't all that uncommon for my connection, and there are no practical alternatives where I live so I usually just grin and bear it (a local RSS reader helps)

This latest slowdown however has been exceedingly painful. When I tried to load a couple of online speed tests, I had one system fail to load the launch page - let alone run the test.

So after checking things on my end, and running a marginally helpful firmware update to my router, I couldn't place the blame anywhere except Sprint.

Well, turns out Sprint (or whatever name they're operating under) doesn't even sell my level of service (512K upstream), anymore! I have no idea when they changed pricing, but the monthly bill is not only being lowered, the bandwidth is going up.

Totally fucking insane! When a business drops or upgrades a low end offering, they should be compelled to offer existing users of that service to a comparable service. Hell I would have settled for notification.

Anyways, all I have to do is wait for the new modem to arrive. I'm not thrilled by the prospect of installing and configuring a new modem when the one I have connected seems to be working fine, but whatever - I like bandwidth.

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Where's the Boardband?

00.10.06 - Mark

A book review of The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal, a book that takes a look into where the promise of true broadband in America went.

I hate to go on and on about bandwidth, and in terms of global perspective bandwidth issues are fairly trivial, but its a topic thats important to me. Not only do I want to be able to get more information, I think everyone will benefit from widely available, low cost, high speed broadband. Anything to narrow the digital divide.

Some people give me flack for thinking DSL is slow, but I remember dial-up, hell I remember dial-up when 14.4kbps over a long distance connection was high end consumer technology. I didn't like those connections either.

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