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Thinking about this thread eventually led to a call to my ISP. I'm going from 12MBs to 50MBs next week for less $$. It should be $40/mo before service fees (usually $3-4).

It took a few 4am calls to my service provider's call center in Singapore (gotta love outsourcing to non-native English speakers, it makes all the bargaining much simpler) to get them to manually push the order through to the offices in my area. It's not being given away for free, but I will have one of the best deals in the Midwest I'm sure. Will post up speed test ASAP after installation.

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Edited by Nytehawk - 3/16/11 at 9:49am
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And what's Hong Kong's population density again?

Oh, right. Too damn dense.
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And what's Hong Kong's population density again?

Oh, right. Too damn dense.
I'll keep my mediocre web access if it means I don't have 1000 people in the space of an acre surrounding me.
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Hong Kong needs those high speed to upload our movies...
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Originally Posted by Nytehawk View Post
Thinking about this thread eventually led to a call to my ISP. I'm going from 12MBs to 50MBs next week for less $$. It should be $40/mo before service fees (usually $3-4).

It took a few 4am calls to my service provider's call center in Singapore (gotta love outsourcing to non-native English speakers, it makes all the bargaining much simpler) to get them to manually push the order through to the offices in my area. It's not being given away for free, but I will have one of the best deals in the Midwest I'm sure. Will post up speed test ASAP after installation.
Hmmm...Maybe you should post your bargaining methods so others can use them to hook it up
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Interesting. But it's all about data infrastructure. Some countries have it, others don't. Others have even less. I would say that for 99.5% of the slob population in the US, current service speeds do satisfy demand, as stated by that Verizon douche. But that doesn't excuse the fact that no ISP is really breaking ground on seriously advancing the data infrastructure before it's too late. I think over the last 2 years, ISP's like Comcast and AT&T were making record PROFIT since business inception--essentially raking in money from consumers, but not reinvesting it to further the architecture.

Anyhoo, it's just the < 0.5% of the population (aka enthusiasts) that whines that their connections speeds aren't fast enough, despite being faster than 99.5% of the population. Honestly, other than maybe Steam and Windows Updates, what single internet-based service can really support super-fast speeds that get close to a connection max? (yes, I understand that it goes back to the general problem with the situation).

I do, however, think internet service packages are far too expensive for what is provided--there's no arguing that that needs to be fixed, and progress should be made toward expanding the current data infrastructure. I could just care less if I have more than my 16mbps connection currently. The thing that ISP's seem to think is that we'll never outgrow our current usage, which is preposterous.
Here in Toronto the Data Infrastructure is massive. During the 1990's Telus laid out massive lines of Fibre in the hope that one day it will be used. However to this very day it remains largely unused and it even has taken on a nickname of "Dark Fibre". Our infrastructure can support Fibre and the speeds associated with the downstream/upstream of the latter. However it is the system and it's inefficiencies. By that I mean UBB and the Duopoly that exists by Bell and Rogers (Robbers as their called). They both manipulate and influence the policy of the CRTC which DOES NOT care about the Canadian consumers as a whole contrary to their propaganda that they spread. The only place that gets the Telus Fibre (100Mb Down) is City Place and those are exclusive high-class condominiums down town. Comsumers in Canada simply do nothing regardless of UBB and the Insurance Plans + Caps. They simply keep 'taking it' and asking for more.
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I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

Edited by 45nm - 3/10/11 at 8:56am
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I have cable and it's about $40 for what I am getting...



I like how it's faster than 92% of America LOLOLOL.

Btw... With what I have I think it was rated for 15 down when I ordered... but they bump it supposedly every so often.
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Isn't 150Gb quite a bit? I download more than most and surf probably 4hrs/day avg, I doubt I go over 150Gb. And to have $400 charge in overages, you'd have to go over 150Gb not once, not twice, but three times over month long periods. Not only that but you'd have to download more than 50*(400/10) = 2000Gb + your original 150Gb. I am not sure even if you saturate a DSL connection for 30 days if it's possible to do this. Anyone care to comment?

EDIT: please don't read this as advocating AT&T's policy in the US, which sucks. Comparisons to AT&T's Hong Kong policy doesn't help much though since they're apples and oranges. I suspect that their Hong Kong policy is the result of competition in the marketplace though. If Verizon offered that kind of deal here in the US, I'm sure AT&T would revise its strategy. These telecoms giants are going to be as greedy as they can, and I doubt it's Hong Kong division would be any less greedy than it's US division if they thought they could get away with it.
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25Gb for $80 a month
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I dont really notice a difference from the 25mb connection from before.
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