Originally Posted by SuperZan
It's unconscionable what US telecoms are able to get away with. Just a bunch of cartels selling internet access instead of drugs, taking infrastructure and regional-rights benefits from taxpayers and passing on new costs instead of new savings as recompense.
Try satellite Internet. It's even worse. At least when one pays through the nose for Verizon one gets reasonably adequate performance. Even the throttling is semi-usable unlike Exede's which basically shuts your service down. When you can't even load Amazon.com or Ebay you know it's not even as good as dialup. So much for their "liberty" plan. Exede once offered unlimited data at night but replaced that with "liberty". "Liberty" means you get throttled instead of having your service simply cut off. That's what Exede says. In reality, much of the time your service is throttled to the point of oblivion. (10, 18, and 30 GB plans for high prices!)
Then they scam you into signing a super-long contract so you won't have to pay through the nose so much to rent their modem. But, you pay $15 for every month of early cancellation which adds up to a lot if you cancel a 2 year contract. Meanwhile, while being privileged to pay triple what one paid for more than double the data with no caps or throttling from Time Warner one gets massive latency. (We averaged 60 GB per month with Time Warner for roughly $50-60 a month and Exede tops out at 30 GB for $150 a month.) Verizon charges to rent its modem as well and the cost per month is about the same but it has better latency and semi-usable throttling.
But, yes, broadband in the US is mainly a joke. Now that TW is apparently merging with Comcast its service quality is going to go down the drain I bet. TW has done stealth throttling, too. If one torrents, not even heavily, one has to periodically call to get the service speed fixed I've noticed. Strange "issues" will crop up that are suddenly gone when you get through to the competent tech support in Ohio rather than the incompetent people in Kentucky.
Compare our broadband with what's available in Finland, with that country having half our population density per square mile.
Satellite providers do not negotiate, either. It's their way or the highway. Don't plan on asking them to increase your cap for a lower price or anything like that. To them you're privileged to pay them ridiculous amounts of money for subpar service. Verizon is the same. Time Warner will negotiate. If you try to negotiate with a satellite provider they're likely to do cute things like lecture you about not trying to watch Netflix in high definition.
Good luck watching any
Netflix with those data caps.Edited by superstition222 - 10/8/16 at 12:31am