onourway wrote: ↑Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:20 pm
<snip...> LOL. Around us you are lucky to get an unreliable 10Mbps from Verizon or the other local telecoms whereas Spectrum offers up to 1Gbps and our total down time over 15 years in this house can be measured in hours!
I had to laugh at that one!
I'm currently on Verizon DSL and pay $31.99 (plus tax/fees) for a service that is actually rated at 1.24/0.66 Mbps download/upload speed (using SpeedTest) using their "Enhanced" Internet Package with rated speeds of 1.1 - 3 Mbps. Since I'm at 1.24 vs their 1.1 advertised speed, they are still "legal".
We only use it for two PC's (desktop/laptop) up to this point. We use Dish for our TV service (quite happy with it, TYVM) but I just subscribed to HBO NOW streaming (Dish dropped it from their lineup a couple of years ago due to a contract dispute) on our smart TV. That, along with my wife using Zoom for her church ladies and Zumba meetings we're starting to get frequent delays (magic circle
Verizon doesn't offer an alternative; we're too much "out in the sticks" for them to run FIOS.
Our cell phones work well since we're near an interstate with towers all over the place (at least, until 5G takes off). Our T-Mobile "old folks" plan gives us unlimited services so we never have them turned on to WiFi unless we're possibly traveling, T-Mobile isn't available, and we're staying at a hotel or ship that offers WiFi.
Yesterday, I ordered a cable modem via Amazon (arrives tomorrow, and I'm not a Prime customer!) and will have it installed next week by a local cable company, along with a 25Mbps download plan (they also offer a 10Mbps package, but I figured what the heck). Their cost is $37.70 (plus tax) for an intro 5% 3 year plan, just slightly more than what I'm currently paying for internet from Verizon.
Hookup will be easy. We had them as the single supplier when we had our house built many years ago so everything is already pre-wired. They just have to reconnect at the cable junction box and plug the modem/Wi-Fi box I'm getting tomorrow. The only reason I changed from the cable company to Dish was that many years ago when we purchased our first HD TV they could not provide an HD signal and were always promising to upgrade the service. However that didn't happen till many years later. By that time, I was quite satisfied with our Dish Network service and did not see any advantage in changing suppliers.