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1:03 pm on Jul 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Those of you who are familiar with South Africa will know that we have a less than perfect economy. It is sad that in an economy such as ours, our government has still knowingly legalized the monopoly of one telecommunications company, giving them exclusive control over both digital and analogue communication until at least around 2010. It's because of this we are forced into paying obscenely high bandwidth prices.

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]

2:49 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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digitalv: I got the quote direct from a rep for this area. This was an emailed quote after I clicked a link on the website.

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....

8:39 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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maccas
I know how you feel acidic, telecom has a monopoly here also. I pay NZ$60 a month for 128/128 capped to 10 gigs.
Those prices are high, but still seem reasonable. Your telecom must have a heart.

So maccas, are you watching the rugby? It's half time now and we're ahead :)

9:21 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yeah good game, you guys deserved to win. Telecom have a heart, haha. Only cheaper than they would like because half the internet community sent them hate mail!
12:18 am on July 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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live in a rural area of Arkansas ...

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.

3:26 pm on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thailand...

256K down and 128K up for $95/mo. Of course the speeds advertised aren't necessarily the speeds you'll get during peak or even non-peak times.

12:27 pm on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I pay the exact amount as Maccas and am on the exact package. Has been working well for a couple of years now, Telecom rocks! :)

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12:41 pm on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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2 megs simetric, static ip $100/month in Buenos Aires.
12:45 pm on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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 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!

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And is anyone of you with a static ip and 1mbit or 2mbit running his own server at home or do you all rent a server somewhere?

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....

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Metered Bandwidth sucks. I am in Mumbai - India with the worst infrastructure. I pay around $ 16 p.m. for a SHARED 128 kbps cable connection. Good thing is it is unmetered but very soon it will be unmetered.
12:05 am on Aug 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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1.5 meg - 38 a month --NTL United Kingdom

Upload speed very restricted <30kbps

11:14 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Whole pile of new deals now in France ..National phone calls + local phone calls + 2megs down + 512kb up all for 29.95 ( about 38$ ) ..per month ...company is called Free..available anywhere that there is a dslam
Even better rates in large population areas ..5 to 8 megs down + 512 up + Tv channels + all natinal and local phones .../) at last!
11:17 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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 :(

4:00 pm on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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On paper NTL is a capped service but in reality no its not. Let me/us know when you've heard of this happening as I would certainly change ISP.
12:28 am on Sept 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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ComCast $45 USD, 3m down, not sure of the upload speed. I have never been banned for using to much bandwidth.
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