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I am currently using ADSL, which is the only really affordable option at the equivalent of US$155 per month. This gives me a shared 512 Kb line (shared with +-250 other ADSL users) and a 3 GB per month cap. If I where to get the line that my business needs to run efficiently (a 128 Kb dedicated line) I would be paying in excess of US$1600 per month.
I would really like to gauge how high our bandwidth prices really are so, my question is: What do you pay for your broadband connection? Does anyone pay higher prices than there? I'd especially like to hear from users in Australia. One of our telecoms excuses for our high bandwidth in our geographical distance from USA and Europe but anyone with a map can see that Australia is just as far away from these hubs.
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[edited by: acidic at 2:03 pm (utc) on July 13, 2004]
Sure - their site gives some really attractive quotes. The bottom line is those quotes are for places that aren't the "back of beyond". For instance, a "qualified installer" for this area is a MINIMUM of 170 miles away - ONE WAY. The only "qualified installer" who can install here within the NEXT SIX MONTHS is 340 MILES AWAY ONE WAY.
['Even my friend across the valley who has an Earthlink satband setup (the ONLY ONE IN THIS .5 MILLION SQUARE MILES of territory, because she was a longtime customer!) pays well over $150 per month - WITHOUT TV!)]
You guys who live in other states (even Oregon!) absolutely have NO idea how seriously backward Utah is. My basic landline telephone line is THIRTY YEARS OLD. If (hrmmm. WHEN) it's cold out there (I live at 7000 feet - in the winter IT'S COLD, okay? It snows, we have several weeks of below-zero weather, a few feet of snow on the ground, etc....), I do NOT HAVE connection or voice line! Our TV dish "crackles out" - even if the sky is clear, because it's cold. A cover helps a little, but NOT if the wind is blowing 30+ mph, which is not only NOT uncommon, but is a "low-end" estimate.
However. While Utah has a few "gremlins" from a woman's POV, and while I can't just blithely connect to cable/DSL/broadband etc., there are benefits. *shrug* I'll live with it....
to far from phone office to utilize dsl, it would be $45 a month if I were closer to town.
So I still endure slow dial-up speeds for $20.
Cable has become available for about $70 by the time you figure in basic service too.
A few counties over some guy has started a isp with some kind of microwave transmission. I just do marketing and don't know much about tech, but the customers have a funny small metal antenna stuck above their house.
This reminds me that we were paying 1000$ month of phone bills when connecting by RTC all day long at the beginning of Internet (cause we had to pay full price of local communication there was no special package for internet!) :D
What's a difference today: less than 30$ per month for ADSL!
Well I understand and can only feel sorry for you!
the advantage would be that you could have a whole server farm made up from cheap pcs.....the disadvantage would be that you might be offline when you are on holiday and you have a power cut....
1.5 meg - £38 a month --NTL United Kingdom
NTL is capped service! AFAIK 3 days with download above 1Gb might get you booted off. Have not read about that actually happening, but they might just be very selective.
Myself pay £35 (with phone deal) for Telewest's 1.5Mbit down, and (sadly only) 256kbit up. Extra £15 buys you another 1.5Mbot down (3Mbit in total), but (again sadly) no increase in upload :(