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3 Megabit Cable Modems, Anyone?

timothy posted about 12 years ago | from the quicker-than-the-passage-of-recess dept.

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joelav22 writes: "I've got to move to San Francisco! RCN has upgraded current customers to 3 megabits of bandwith for no extra charge. In the days of all the bandwith chopping and caps, this is definitely a welcome trend. I hope ATT and Comcast can take a hint."

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Monotony Report 20020704 (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3826359)

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Re:Monotony Report 20020704 (1, Insightful)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826388)

That is nice. I like being a whore.

Excellent (-1)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | about 12 years ago | (#3826429)

Paricularly 3 in a row for Pr0n K1ng. AC FPers must be off drinking beer outside their trailers celebrating July 4th.

scrotum (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826363)

scrotum

Re:scrotum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826369)

I second your scrotum.

Re:scrotum (-1)

Sarcasm_Orgasm (535390) | about 12 years ago | (#3826519)

I third your scrotum, & raise you a rectum.

hello? (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3826367)

anyone awake????

Re:hello? (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826395)

Yes. Thanks for your concern.

Re:hello? (-1)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | about 12 years ago | (#3826438)

I should hope so too at 11:20am.

Re:hello? (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826451)

11:20am yesterday.. I was here at work moving around and stuff, but I certainly didn't feel awake. In fact, as a wise man once said, "yesterday I had a hangover".

Re:hello? (-1)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | about 12 years ago | (#3826527)

Ah well. It's almost time to go to the pub.

Isn't it nice to see your name on the Monotony report.

Re:hello? (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826642)

It's an honour to be on there.

Note to americans - there IS a "u" in honour. so fuck off.

Caching (4, Insightful)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826368)

You can probably get away with things like that if you use transparent proxies to do web page caching, and so on. Or traffic shaping to make individual connections a little slower.

Call me suspicious, but I bet they have all sorts of tricks to keep the actual usage past their network down.

Re:Caching (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826381)

I bet they're doing that on the 1.5 meg links already.

Re:Caching (3, Informative)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826403)

My local cable company does transparent proxying with common www and ftp ports. It seems to work ok, but it's misleading to always get a connection even when there is no server on the remote host.

And when their caching servers are down, I can't access any webpage at all (in which case it's time to use an external proxy server)

Not to be cynical, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826398)

Why does 3 Mbit over cable modems matter if my provider can hardly keep up a 500k stream to my computer? I don't think the providers are willing to sink the kind of money into infrastructure that they would need to to guarantee us 3Mb streams at this time, especially when they're talking about metering and capping us.

Might be jumping the gun a bit. BTW: congrats on getting userid 300000.

Re:Not to be cynical, but... (2)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826420)

That is an excellent point. I wonder how they even came up with 3 MBit measurement in this case? It's not like people want to access the ISPs servers all the time anyway.

Re:Not to be cynical, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826500)

"Not to be cynical, but.."

Your right your not being cynical your being plane dumb. You stupid mother fucker, of course they use stuff like proxies, that just makes since. And the second poster, who gives a fuck what your provider can manage, this is LA compeition bitches!

Re:Not to be cynical, but... (1, Redundant)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826549)

How rude. I bet you only talk to people like that when you're on your computer.

Re:Caching (0)

Wild Wizard (309461) | about 12 years ago | (#3826510)

easy they take the australian isp's way out

Bigpond Cable [bigpond.com]

uncap the speed, cap the data/month

Re:Caching (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826615)

Rest assured of that. My provider used to offer 10Mbps uncapped download (and occasionally, the real speed even comes close to that).
For new clients they lowered that to 4Mbps on paper, but there is no real capping: the new number just reflects the average top speed you can really expect.

The other side of the medal: use of their proxy is mandatory, outgoing port 80 (and others, like SMTP) plus all incoming ports below 1024 are blocked.
The only time they ever took back on this was because a number of people complained they couldn't use VPN.

Running a server (including any kind of P2P) is expressly forbidden: punished first with a warning, the second time a warning to which you have to reply within 24 hours, the third time it's termination of contract.
They even have instructions on their helpdesk site on how to avoid this, like (still) "how to configure Napster without turning it into a server" - i.e. leech-only. I'd include a link, but the helpdesk site is blocked for the outside world.

An addittional limit: total traffic is limited to 10GB, and outgoing to 1.5GB over a 30 day sliding window. Exceed that, and your modem is capped at a ridiculously low speed until you've sunk back to 98% or less (fully automated process). The capped speed is below analog model level, just about enough to collect your e-mail - assuming there aren't too many attachments.

What for... (2, Insightful)

Neutronix (248177) | about 12 years ago | (#3826371)

Sorry for being cynical, but...

Why should I even care for 3 Mbit cable modems if sometimes my provider can even sustain a 500k connection?

3Mb would imply a complete restructure on most cable providers and I doubt that they would invest that kind of money.

Bandwith Gnome Syndrom? (1)

NiGHTSFTP (515896) | about 12 years ago | (#3826426)

1. Give Away Bandwith
2. ???
3. Profit

Re:What for... (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826474)

-1 Off-topic, -1 Redundant, -1 Duplicate post, -1 Pointless, -1 Crap Username, -1 Too much whining

Re:What for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826494)

You've got a crappy provider, then. I'm with Comcast and I always pull at least 1Mbps, usually hovers just below the fastest DSL lines. I don't care what my upload speed is, I never upload anything.

Re:What for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826557)

OOL has a 10M/1M cap for cable and winfirst runs (ran?) 10/10 fiber lines to peoples houses for about $50.

What for... (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3826376)

Sorry for being cynical, but...

Why should I even care for 3 Mbit cable modems if sometimes my provider can even sustain a 500k connection?

3Mb would imply a complete restructure on most cable providers and I doubt that they would invest that kind of money.

Long live TUX!!

MOD PARENT UP!!! (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826465)

+1 Informative, +1 Interesting

3Mb/s (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826377)

That's what i get on Road Runner near Orlando too,
and i'm out in the boondocks (Oviedo).

unfortunatley, i'm a hick (0, Troll)

cyberbob2010 (312049) | about 12 years ago | (#3826391)

Living out in the middle of fucking - nowhere bummsville Ohio really sux. right now i'm scamming juno with beware of dog to get free internet cause i refuse to pay . maybe if they ever got cable or DSL out where i live than i will get it but the option is not even there. Screw 3m/s I'll take and old school 128DSL connection. NEthing has gotta be better than downloading at 2-6k/s.

downloads... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826392)

at that rate of download I'll run out of things to download.

Re:downloads... (-1)

Sarcasm_Orgasm (535390) | about 12 years ago | (#3826541)

By that time there'll be new versions of all the distro's!

upload speed? (3, Interesting)

gabriel_aristos (265988) | about 12 years ago | (#3826393)

I noticed that no mention was made of upload speeds. How much do you want to bet they're capped at 128Kbps...

Re:upload speed? (3, Insightful)

turnstyle (588788) | about 12 years ago | (#3826543)

Amen. There's never any mention of upstream. People don't seem to appreciate the value of outbound communication, and no doubt the cable companies would prefer to see their customers remain exclusively consumers.

I take this personally because I make software, Andromeda [turnstyle.com] , that builds streaming web sites from collections of MP3s. Some folks run it on a server at home (PHP or ASP) so that they can play their home collection while at work (or elsewhere).

Capping upstream prevents people from fully enjoying the potential of the network.

Re:upload speed? (-1)

Sarcasm_Orgasm (535390) | about 12 years ago | (#3826553)

It doesn't matter, anything you'd need large upload bd for would probally be a violation of their TOS.

Re:upload speed? (1)

turnstyle (588788) | about 12 years ago | (#3826603)

TOS is just a legal means to cap upstream and limit the nature of how we communicate over the network. The question is why do they provide asynch bandwidth and a TOS that limits what you can 'say'.

I think that they prefer to keep us passive consumers of their content, and that upstream poses a legitimate threat to big media hegemony.

For instance, you could easily use Andromeda [turnstyle.com] to serve MPGs of your July 4th BBQ, and I'd rather watch some of that than another episode of Buffy.

congratulations timothy (0, Offtopic)

Jeff Probst (459812) | about 12 years ago | (#3826397)

the metric time story has nearly 1000 posts.

this brings a tear to my eye.

- mjl

mod parent offtopic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826411)

offtopic!!!

mod parent lame (-1)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | about 12 years ago | (#3826501)

lame!!!

Re:congratulations timothy (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3826447)

my lord! how did that happen? all in the space of 25 hours!

socialist europeans (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826404)

Liberalism is an essentially feminine, submissive world view. Perhaps a better adjective than feminine is infantile. It is the world view of men who do not have the moral toughness, the spiritual strength to stand up and do single combat with life, who cannot adjust to the reality that the world is not a huge, pink-and-blue, padded nursery in which the lions lie down with the lambs and everyone lives happily ever after.

Upstream versus Downstream Dilemma (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826405)

As more and better Broadband services are offered, it seems that the disparity between upstream transfer rate and downstream transfer rate is growing proportionally, as well.

I, for one, would like to see the gap between upload and download speeds shortened, rather than simply increasing the download speed ad infinitum while maintaining a static(and barely above analog) download speed.

Weird web site (0, Troll)

CmdrTaco (editor) (564483) | about 12 years ago | (#3826406)

I saw the 3 Mb and thought I immediately had to check out their site. But, when I got to the page supposedly would give more info on the cable service in CA, they had me fill out a form [rcn.com] , yet CA wasn't even an option for state! What gives? Especially since this 3 Mb cable is only supposed to debut in LA and SF...

Call me crazy... (1)

NiGHTSFTP (515896) | about 12 years ago | (#3826407)

But isnt bandwith... not free?

Maybe something slipped past me.

First bandwith = free
Then bandwith = $$$
Now... ?

What is causing these changes?

Ah ha! Smoke and mirrors my good friend!

bits or bytes? (1)

evalhalla (581819) | about 12 years ago | (#3826409)

The article isn't much clear about the actual speed: it is 3 megabytes per second (usually written MBps) or 3 megabit per second (Mbps, as they wrote)? I believe that usually connection speed is measured in Mbps (bits, not bytes), but they may have different habits...

Re:bits or bytes? (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826427)

I believe the answer is "Your mother's tight asshole feels good around my swollen cock".

Glad to be of help.


Re:bits or bytes? (1)

explosionhead (574066) | about 12 years ago | (#3826439)

Afraid its megaBITS. If we had 3 megabyte/sec connections, we'd all hit any download caps within seconds : )

Great news! And one little inaccuracy (5, Informative)

forged (206127) | about 12 years ago | (#3826415)

Favorite quote:
  • While other broadband providers are limiting their download speeds or cracking down on so-called bandwidth hogs, we've been working to give our customers even faster speeds at a terrific value.

Way to go, RCN! And take this, ATT, Comcast ;)

The inaccuracy was free of charge. It's only free for customers paying the Gold and Platinum ResiLink packages. For all other bundles, there is a price increase between $10 to $25 for the 3Mbits service.

A step in the right direction. (1)

explosionhead (574066) | about 12 years ago | (#3826416)

I'm trying not to be cynical about any tricks that they may try to pull, whilst the marketing boys yell from the rooftops about the speed. Looking on the face of it, this is such a good push in the right direction. Now only if a supplier in Australia would step forward with a decent plan so that we can stop being raped by Telstra's 3Gb limit and crappy reliability. (Note: I have gone back to dial-up)

Re:A step in the right direction. (2)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | about 12 years ago | (#3826428)

What's wrong with a 3Gb per month limit? That's like about 100Mb per day. The difference between that and the paltry amount you'll get on dial-up is probably quite worth paying for!

Re:A step in the right direction. (1)

explosionhead (574066) | about 12 years ago | (#3826449)

When I first had broadband, I used it for downloading relatively low bitrate movie clips that I'd worked on, so I could do rough cut editing to them at home before I booked time in the actual edit suites at uni. I used closer to 12gb a month because of this, and when the cap came in and was enforced, I now have to use alternative methods.

Re:A step in the right direction. (1)

geesus (545118) | about 12 years ago | (#3826512)

Ah hello? Im on dialup and id go through over 3gb a month, and Im not even a l33t little doze warez dealer :P~

Re:A step in the right direction. (1)

secondsun (195377) | about 12 years ago | (#3826610)

It sounds sensible until you try to download a full Linux distro (like mandrake or Redhat) which are between 1 and 2 GB each. If somone cancels your download, the computer crashes, or gets interupted for any reason you are out a lot of Downloads.

*note: I am assuming by Gb you meant GigaByte and not Gigabit, if so my argument changes from if it fails to when you try.*

Re:A step in the right direction. (1)

xQx (5744) | about 12 years ago | (#3826558)

We had a telstra bigpond connection.
Last year we downloaded av. 50 - 60gb per month, uploaded 10 - 20gb.

Telstra introduced the cap. We handed them back the cable modem.

Now I'm on a dialup connection.
Usage from June 1 to July 1 2002: 6,200MB

Telstra, we see your 3gb (up + down) cap. .. I'll tell you where you can shove it.

If this is for real.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826418)

... I think I can hear the MPAA crying, and the RIAA shitting its pants.

Let's get the 2-way broadband upgrade done first (1)

Phoenix-kun (458418) | about 12 years ago | (#3826421)

After ATT bought out our local cable company almost 2 years ago, they had canceled the imminent plans to upgrade my neighborhood. Now 18 months later, they finally got around to competing the job. Having a true 2-way broadband connection is so sweet, I can live with that for a long time to come. By the time they get back around to us again, fixed wireless will likely be the standard.

Common Misconception? (4, Insightful)

captainclever (568610) | about 12 years ago | (#3826423)

Quoting the story from yahoo:
"RCN Corporation (Nasdaq: RCNC - News) announced the launch of a new "super-charged" high-speed Internet service in its San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. Known as MegaModem(SM), it enables RCN's California customers to access the Internet at download speeds of up to
3 megabytes per second (Mbps), double the company's standard downstream speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps, and up to twice as fast as competing cable modem and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services. "

Shouldn't that be "3 Megabits per second" not megabytes?? 3Mbps (megabits-per-second) equates to theoretical maximum of 384 Kilobytes a second download, not 3 megabytes..doesn't it? :-)

Re:Common Misconception? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826435)

Really? Way cool, then.... That means that with Shaw Cable, I've got something well in excess of 3 Mb/second. I've never actually gone to the trouble of figuring it out. =)

(Fastest ever download was at approximately 600 kB/s, which is up there towards 2/3rds of a T3).

Re:Common Misconception? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826532)

I think a T1 is 1.5xMegabytes/sec, and a T3 is something like 40 megs/sec, so it is nowhere near it, but that is prety damned good though. :-)

Re:Common Misconception? (3, Funny)

funwithstuff (555638) | about 12 years ago | (#3826499)

Yes, you're right. The fun part of this one is that it's the company's mistake in a PR release. They've just promised bandwidth of eight times what they can deliver. Sign up, then sue.

Glad someone's fallen foul of that bits/bytes marketingspeak that's been allowing bad companies to quote large impressive numbers for years.

That's sad. (-1)

Fucky the troll (528068) | about 12 years ago | (#3826431)

"I've got to move to San Francisco!"

You'd move to a different area just to get more bandwidth? Man, you're fucking pathetic. Move out of your parent's basement and get a LIFE!

Well said sir! (-1)

on by (572414) | about 12 years ago | (#3826460)

here here!

Upstream??? (1)

cca93014 (466820) | about 12 years ago | (#3826437)

What's the upstream capacity?

My 3 meg line (1)

JPriest (547211) | about 12 years ago | (#3826444)

I have a 3 meg modem with Adelphia and after some windows tweaking (MSS*44 = RWIN) I usually stay consistent at 2500+ from fast servers. It also has a rock solid uptime. You couldn't pay me to trade my modem in for a T1. I hope the provider that buys Adelphia keeps my service at that level.

PS. No matter how much tweaking I do in Windows I alway get a better throughput on my Linux partitions. I've tested this with multiple *nix/win* operating systems, configs, and computers and am still looking for more information on why.

Re:My 3 meg line (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826452)

and by better I mean in the range of 20-30% or more.

Re:My 3 meg line (1)

geesus (545118) | about 12 years ago | (#3826517)

cause windows sucks :P~

Re:My 3 meg line (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826667)

MTU size differences maybe??

socialist europeans (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826456)

European faggots

Liberalism is an essentially feminine, submissive world view. Perhaps a better adjective than feminine is infantile. It is the world view of men who do not have the moral toughness, the spiritual strength to stand up and do single combat with life, who cannot adjust to the reality that the world is not a huge, pink-and-blue, padded nursery in which the lions lie down with the lambs and everyone lives happily ever after.

Look like a good deal (5, Interesting)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 12 years ago | (#3826458)

But it leaves you with a tough choice:

  1. Use it responsibly to get faster downloads of the data that you actually want.
  2. Get your snout in the trough and suck down everything you can before they admit that it's unsustainable and cut it, cap it, or start charging sensible money for it.

Incidentally, I'm in the first category, but I'm beginning to feel like I've been pretty stupid. Sure, I understand that "all you can eat" is just marketing blurb, and that the fees charged for retail flat rate services don't cover the ISP costs of using them to their full capacity. But why would the majority of customers understand or accept that? They're sold as always on, flat rate, all you can eat. A typical user (i.e. Joe Windows) would expect to be able to use them as such, which is why all of these schemes are doomed from the get go, and are just short term marketing schemes to attract customers (1. Burn money to attract customers away from other company's profitable schemes, 2. ..., 3. Profit!).

And so I'm inclined to say go for it, and leech like you've never leeched before. I know that's unsustainable, but the first sin is being committed by ISP's allowing their marketing droids to sell services as being all-you-can-eat, when that's just not true. Perhaps when they offer services based on an actual sustainable model them then we could consider supporting them. But as long as they're selling services that we know aren't going to work, purely to attract customers in the short term, then there's little point in being the only guy on the block trying to play by the spirit of the rules, because the letter of rules are going to change in the mid term anyway.

This situation seems a bit familiar (3, Funny)

Sheetrock (152993) | about 12 years ago | (#3826476)

Kind of like Prisoners' Dilemma [brynmawr.edu] , except that in the end you know no matter what happens the cable company is going to jack up the rates. So yeah, just wget the Internet now and check it out from your hard drives later when the rates go up.

Re:This situation seems a bit familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826617)

+1, Funny

socialist europeans (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826466)

Timothy, move to europe and take that other faggot Michael with you

Liberalism is an essentially feminine, submissive world view. Perhaps a better adjective than feminine is infantile. It is the world view of men who do not have the moral toughness, the spiritual strength to stand up and do single combat with life, who cannot adjust to the reality that the world is not a huge, pink-and-blue, padded nursery in which the lions lie down with the lambs and everyone lives happily ever after.

RCN Rules! (5, Informative)

linuxlover (40375) | about 12 years ago | (#3826467)

I have RCN at home (zip : 94401, San Mateo, CA - aka San Francisco Bay area). They give me the combo package with phone + cable TV + broadband.

The most impressed part gotta be their broadband. here are some stats
- mozilla dowload speed : 324 kB/s ( ~= 2.5 Mbps!!)
- people dowload from me on Limewire around 120 KB/s ( ~= 1Mbps)

Now that is just leaps better compared to any DSL or cable here. Eat that AT & Pacbell :-)

My new found obsession is Furthur (furthernet.com). And right now people are downloading from me @ 50KB/s. A buddy of mine is also on Furthur, but his upstream is capped at 15KB/s (~= 128 kbps). I told him about RCN and he is *seriously* thinking about moving to a place where he can get RCN :-)

So people, please, if you are San Francisco Bay area give these guys a try. I have nothing but good things to say about RCN.

IF you need further info see my website or drop me an email. /LinuxLover

Re:RCN Rules! (1)

Phosphor3k (542747) | about 12 years ago | (#3826552)

Your friend is an idiot. I hope that smiley is indicating some form of joking.

I could see if your friend was already moving, and had to make a decision between two locatins that he liked, and isp became the deciding factor, that is one thing. But moving soley based on the ability to get a faster connection is just stupid. Unless of course he needs the connection for his lively-hood. In that case, he'd want to get some sort of uber-reliable connection, like a T1 or T3, frame relay or some such non-cable modem technology, which would, unless he really is in the middle of nowhere, not require moving.

Re:RCN Rules! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826607)

You are what's wrong with broadband.

pig.

UK bandwidth (1)

drunkahol (143049) | about 12 years ago | (#3826475)

My cable provider (Telewest) in Edinburgh recently had us all upgrading to 1Mbit/sec download with 256kbit/sec upload.

The cost of this is £39/month I think (it's on my girlfriends bill!). They also went and dropped to 512kbit/sec bandwidth to £25/month.

The prices may be wrong, but the bandwidth isn't.

I know we're way behind Europe and the rest of the World in rolling out broadband, but hopefully moves like this will force BT to speed up the DSL roll-out.

P.S. That's the Edinburgh in Scotland that hardly even 1 in 100,000 Americans can pronounce properly!

Re:UK bandwidth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826488)

We might not be able to pronounce Edinburgh, but at least we know how to brush our teeth you ugly fucking limey.

I bet your girlfriend looks like Alan Cox's wife Telsa. Isn't that about the norm in the UK?

Spain bandwidth (2)

pubjames (468013) | about 12 years ago | (#3826493)

I've had DSL from Telefonica in Spain now for about a year. The prices are similar to those you quote.

There seems to be loads of competition here to provide DSL and cable services. Six different comms companies have laid fibre in the street I'm in (including BT, funnily enough). Thankfully the city council was organised enough to get them all to do it at the same time.

P.S. For any American's reading, Spain is in Europe ;-)

Re:Spain bandwidth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826588)

Europe? That there must be somewhere up north. Ahm fixin to visit mah Yankee cousins in Europe real soon. Just gotta hop into mah truck!

Re:UK bandwidth (1)

Vanders (110092) | about 12 years ago | (#3826529)

Last time I looked, Blueyonder were offering the 1Mbps service at twice the price of the standard 512Kbps service. Which means that they're charging £50 per month for a 1Mbps downstream connection.

I'm quite happy with my 512Kbps service though, so I won't be switching just yet.

Re:UK bandwidth (1)

nuser (198161) | about 12 years ago | (#3826582)

Last time I looked, Blueyonder were offering the 1Mbps service at twice the price of the standard 512Kbps service. Which means that they're charging £50 per month for a 1Mbps downstream connection.

That is certainly not true if you upgrade from the existing 512 service. I've done this and it costs 39.99 per month. If you also take telephone or TV it's less.

BBB in Sweden (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826506)

If you already going to move, why not move to Sweden? :-) I've been using (among 50000 other households) Bredbandsbolaget [bredbandsbolaget.net] for 2 years now. True 10Mbit transfer both upload and download. For this great service I pay just 225 SKR/month (approx. US$25). And _no_; I'm not resident of a Campus or something like that. Cable modems are just dull and slow.. ;-)

Re:BBB in Sweden (1)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | about 12 years ago | (#3826533)

10Mbps!!!! A few more years of American environmental policy and it might be warm enough to live there too ;) Only problem then :- Jag kan inter tarla svenksa!! *sigh*

Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826564)

That would be, "Jag kan inte tala svenska". Oh, and you can get the same deal in norway to, except you'd have to write "Jeg kan ikke snakke norsk". .. anyway.

Re:Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826627)

Of course you mean "Norway too" (Norge också) inte "Norway to" (Norge till)

Re:BBB in Sweden (1)

3.5 stripes (578410) | about 12 years ago | (#3826654)

There's a couple of large cities here in Italy which are covered by a very similar service, more or less they hook you up to a 10Mbit lan connection, it's pretty inexpensive also (pity I don't live in one of those cities)...

Whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826523)

It still can't compare with the 8 Megabit downloads the Optimum Online people get. Check out the speed tests at DSL Reports.com [dslreports.com] if you want to see proof.

broadband britain (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826568)

We in the good old united states of london england are graced with rates of 500Mbits. They also keep telling us that there is an huge overcapacity of fiber network and that 90% of it is unused.
How's this for a solution?: Use it. Planet's run by idiots mumble mumble mumble

Also, since I'm ranting, my "Always On Connection" isn't and I DO have to waste time logging on.

Really, you need to move to Tokyo (1)

stevejenks (325776) | about 12 years ago | (#3826594)

I've got 100 megs of fiber running into my house, uncapped bandwith, for 65 bucks a month. Life is good when you have broadband...

Re:Really, you need to move to Tokyo (1)

kir (583) | about 12 years ago | (#3826626)

Dude. We posted at pretty much the same time on the same thing. My post [slashdot.org] follows right after yours (at least it does on my screen anyway.).

Nice... yet sad! (4, Interesting)

kir (583) | about 12 years ago | (#3826596)

It's really nice to hear that bandwidth in the USA is increasing... at least in San Fran.

It's SAD that I'm writing this from Tokorozawa, Japan via my 8Mb ADSL (3500yen/month ~= $30) that I've had for 6 months (My modem currently says 6.2Mb down, .842Mb up - I don't negotiate at max, but I'll take it)!!! SAD! I guess that article the other day was right - Japan really DOES get all the cool stuff first...

WAY FIRST! My sister-in-law, who lives about 10 minutes from me, can't get ADSL due to fiber in the middle. That's OK. She can get 2Mb Cable (again, about $30/month) or 100Mb FIBER ($90/month)! FIBER I SAY!

Speed in Quebec (2, Insightful)

KissMyCpu (567606) | about 12 years ago | (#3826602)

I'm in Quebec and both major providers (Bell for ADSL and Videotron for cable) have created new "extreme" plans.

Videotron's gives you 4mbit downstream and 640k upstream, with a cap of 10 gigs per month for each direction. All that for a hefty 60$. Bell has a similar plan, working at 3mbit / 640k, same caps, although they end up charging 70$ per month or so.

These plans are the result of the previous "caps" of 6 gigs / 1 gig which P2P downloaders were going over by orders of magnitude and were paying through the nose. One of my friend ended up paying 215$ for a single month because his upload/download were at 20 gigs each.

I guess these caps and prices may end up moderating file sharing.

Not all Cable Modem Providers are currupt (3, Insightful)

peterdaly (123554) | about 12 years ago | (#3826612)

I have a RoadRunner, through Time Warner, and have been very happy with the speed and reliability of the service. Each "area" operates very independantly, so service and "culture" is not the same at all TWC offices.

I have previously talked with head of the technical team for the local division on a professional level, and his comments were quite interesting. For instance, the no NAT clause in the contract. They know people have more than one machine behind an IP, but really don't care. They won't do anything about he user unless they suspect bandwidth reselling. The no NAT clause makes it easier for them to drop the user since manytimes it is hard to prove the reselling end of things. Our local time warner office has their own (at the time a talked to him this was the big game) Quake II server. They are very gamer friendly, and realize that is why many of their customers want the service.

I know people here love to bash cable modem providers, but up until now I have absolutely no complaints against mine. I take the back, the retards can't get tv/internet on one bill, I get two bills from them at different times of the month, with different due dates. That sucks.

Anyway, not all providers are bad.

-Pete

We've had 3Mbit in SoCal for some time... (1)

KyootFox (209674) | about 12 years ago | (#3826628)

Strange... Cox Cable, and even when it was Managed by @Home, has had a 3Mbit or faster downlink. I've downloaded things from the Adobe, Macromedia and MP3.com at 500KBS!!

There is nothing like downloading 700mb of MP3s in 12-15 minutes.

Now uplink... 384kbit max, unless you wanna spend for the "Business Service"

Anyway you cut it, it's faster and cheaper than DSL, 49.95$ month for cable, 49.95 for DSL @ 1.2mbit/128kbit

I'll be dropping DSL with a nasty note to SBC for false advertising. Think I will win?

What you meant to say (5, Funny)

NiftyNews (537829) | about 12 years ago | (#3826632)

"I hope ATT and Comcast can take a hint."

I think you meant "I hope ATT and Comcast can take a check," because you aren't getting anything for free from those two price-gouging bastards...

Trolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3826653)

Fuck the lameness filter. It is just censorship in disguise. Bloody slashdot.

Article says 3 megaBYTES per second (1, Redundant)

Skapare (16644) | about 12 years ago | (#3826670)

PRINCETON, N.J., July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RCN Corporation (Nasdaq: RCNC - News) announced the launch of a new "super-charged" high-speed Internet service in its San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. Known as MegaModem(SM), it enables RCN's California customers to access the Internet at download speeds of up to 3 megabytes per second (Mbps), double the company's standard downstream speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps, and up to twice as fast as competing cable modem and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services.

I'm sure it's really megaBITS per second, otherwise the company would surely have promoted it as 24 megaBITS per second if the speed really was 3 megaBYTES per second (so they could use the larger number). You don't generally see 1.5 megabits per second promoted as 187.5 kilobytes per second. But this does show how reporters are still subject to making technical errors, which I suspect is due to their lack of knowledge of technical details. At least they got the case of Mbps correct.

10Mbit in Australia BUT... (1)

oaksey (585738) | about 12 years ago | (#3826686)

Telstra upped the bandwidth to 10Mbit/s about half a year ago but this was a while after they introduced a 3GB limit, after which you have to pay 13c/MB(AUD). You can get popular files off their server at 500KB+/s which aren't included in usage though. From anywhere else the monthly allowance just gets eaten up too quickly. I have also got up to 800KB/s off a local edu site. I'm pretty sure they just took off restrictions rather than changing infrastructure.

I once had nearly 5mbit. (1)

NNKK (218503) | about 12 years ago | (#3826692)

I was on AT@Home for a year and a half before moving (which happened to be right before @Home died). At one time I could grab 5mbit/sec and sometimes a little more... those were the days...

By the time I moved, I was still getting up to 3mbit/sec. Now I'm on 512kbit fixed wireless at twice the cost, ouch.

not new (1)

wcb4 (75520) | about 12 years ago | (#3826696)

What's the news?.... I live in Carroll County Maryland. My provider is Adelphia... I've had 3Mbps down and 256 Kbps up since I got it. While I seldom really hit those speeds, I get close on most occasions. I don't remember ever being as slow as 1.5 Mbps down and they consistently provide well over 200 kbps up

speed test results [dslreports.com]
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