[olug] Centurylink "Gigabit" my ass....

Dan Linder dan at linder.org
Sat Jun 21 09:10:16 CDT 2014

On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM, Justin Reiners <justin at hotlinesinc.com>

> Sometimes I feel self conscious about making my neighbours internet slow...
> I remember when I got my ultimate, before I got business class, I had
> constant issues with bandwidth, had a bucket truck outside 4 days a week.
> They had to portion off more bandwidth for my neighbourhood, but it was
> never quite right,

The way it was explained to me is that there are multiple "channels" (or
frequencies or whatever) that they use, one for home Internet users, one
for business class, and others serve digital telephone, digital TV, etc.
In that case, you shouldn't feel self conscious because your use is having
zero impact on their channel capacity.

When I had Cox business class at home, I couldn't afford the same high-end
tier as the "home tier" I left it for, but in my gut I feel that the speeds
were more consistent and not as "laggy" as I experienced on the home side.
I'll take the opinion opposite Aric when he said:

On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM, Aric Aasgaard <aric at omahax.com> wrote:

> IMO it makes more sense to get the cheaper higher speed home account and
> spend a fraction of the difference on a Verizon wireless 4G hotspot for
> redundancy purposes.

I never had a consistent problem with redundancy or outages.  Yes, there
were the occasional outages (the time the back-hoe took out part of the
fiber line feeding our area, and another time when the neighbors house down
the street got hit with lightning and the ground path must have been
through their coax cable into the Cox equipment on our block).  But the few
times I did call with an issue that was impacting home and business users,
my business internet was back up sooner than my neighbors home internet.

Just my $0.02 worth...


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