ISP Review Roundup & Reader Survey Results

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theyeti87

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I'm happy I live in an area where I have a lesser-known cable ISP. I'm on the border of Comcast-land and Mediacom-land, on the Meidacom side. 50Mbps up / 5Mbps down ~$80/month. 350GB monthly cap, 25-33ms latency to my regular game servers. Still overpriced, but better than Comcast.
 

joonee88

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I'm paying $25 a month for a 500mbps service here in South Korea with 100GB per day cap. After that, it drops to 100mbps. Internet prices are outrageous in the US.
 


Korea has the fastest internet in the world. Here, in Taiwan, I pay $30usd for 60down/20up with 5 ping; and never had cap issues.
 

Hund0b1

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I pay 30 USD for 100/10 Mbit. Fiber with no stupid bandwidt cap here in Sweden. 1000/100 Mbit cost 67 USD.

I'm glad I don't live in the states. :)
 

sygreenblum

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Just had to deal with Comcast this week. Took off work to meet the install guy. He didn't show and when I called Comcast justifiably irate, they told me to hold while they set up another appointment. 15 minutes later and still on hold I hung up. I don't watch much TV, if they really want a customer they will call me back. If not screw them.
 
Yeah, US providers are awful. I am working on getting our neighborhood together to run fiber out from a municipal fiberloop, but if everyone isn't on board it is just too expensive. Cost per month is great, though.
 

dstarr3

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It's pretty outrageous how terrible America's internet is. Snail's pace for a small fortune per month, with caps that are only in place to prohibit you from depending on Netflix for all your TV and movies.
 

Achoo22

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The sidebar mistakenly suggests that DSL doesn't feature a local hub that can present a bandwidth bottleneck. This is a fallacy and one that has persisted since the early days of DSL marketing. Please, get your facts straight. The first hop, at a CO or DSLAM is an aggregation point that absolutely suffers from bandwidth contention. And because of the short last-mile of DSL, it is always local. As a DSL user that suffers every time my neighbors start their evening Netflix binging, it irks to see a tech. site misreport the facts.
 

Achoo22

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It's a shame that the review didn't include those companies that specialize in shoddy DSL service in areas where no other service is available. Frontier, Windstream, et. al deserve coverage. If I knew from the beginning that the series was only going to cover fast services that will likely never be available here, I wouldn't have tuned in. As a user stuck on 1mb/s DSL for $70+ a month, I don't really give a damned about the minute differences between Comcast and Time Warner's 100mb/s+ options.
 

USAFRet

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And I pay about $45 for 50/50 (will be 75/75 in a few days), with no monthly cap, here in the US.
Just like Europe, different locations have different performances and costs.
 

Smith_3

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Feb 27, 2016
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in romania is
RDS-RCS local company
10$ 100/50
13$ 300/80
18$ 500/120
25$ 1000/150
fiber connection

UPC american company

8$ 50/10
11$ 100/50
16$ 300/80
coaxial connection

Telekom german company

8$ 30/8
12$ 50/20
15$ 100/40
Dsl connection

all connections have no restrictions ! no aditional cost/trafic

prices is for home use !

I think in Holland are similar prices!

have a nice day
 

jas69

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Dec 30, 2008
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In Australia I pay $70 a month for 4 Mb/s down, 1 Mb/s up with frequent slowdowns. Ping is 25 but sometimes into the hundreds. A few hundred GB data limit. Shithouse
 

mavikt

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Did anyone really get up to an average score of 3? A lacklustre crowd to say the least.
Had this been a hardware review, I can't imagine there would have be any recommendations handed out at all.

But isn't there any independent body that tracks ISP's in the US?
(Like in Sweden: https://www.iis.se/english/blog/the-broadband-pulse-of-sweden/)
 

Achoo22

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I have 500down/25up from UPC Romania (cable modem) with "Best Effort" packet scheduling
That you are aware of your QoS settings suggests that there are tiers or options available. I would really like to hear more, as in the US you don't really get any assurances whatsoever of service levels until you're looking at thousands of dollars a month.
 

fl-gators-fan

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I use Suddenlink's 200mbps service which I bundle with cable and home phone (unlimited free US long distance) for $130 a month. The only drawback is a 450gb data cap! But I'm very happy with the service and don't have any complaints. Except for the data cap though.
 

Albert Rampo

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Mar 12, 2013
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here in toronto canada i pay $44usd for 30Mb/5Mb 300 GB cap Start Communication the cost of a standard 1 bedroom apartment run form 600-700 usd
 

burtzum

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Apr 3, 2008
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$75/month for 150 Mb/s with Verizon Fios? HAH! Yeah right. Logging in right now and selecting an upgrade to 150 MB/s shows me $137.99/month. I'm in Richmond Virginia. The slowest speed, 50 Mb/s shows $82.99/month, and I'm currently paying $67.99/month for staying on my discontinued 25/25 Mb/s plan.
 

gorfmaster1

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I blame US Cell Phone Carriers for data Caps, Once they got away with it, all the other "home" ISP's started doing it. what a load of BS
 
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