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May 1 2007

Why I was pissed off at my ISP

The only option I have for high speed access where I live is the local cable provider, CableOne. I’m stuck, and quite frankly, they suck. Now, add in what I pay… $59.95 a month for 5 mbps down/500 Kbps up. It’s a joke.

Adding to the pain now is Fiber To The Home (FTTH)…the internet connection of my dreams it seems. So far in the USA, this is primarily offered by the Verizon FiOS service, and only in very limited areas. The pricing runs 5 Mbps/2 Mbps for $39.99, 15 Mbps/2 Mbps for $49.99, 30 Mbps/5 Mbps $179.95. The last package is nuts, but I could spend $10 less a month and triple my download speed and quadruple my upload. That’s insane.

Then comes the pain of the Japanese connections. D’oh! Danny Choo has talked a couple times about the incredible speeds he’s getting, along with what he’s paying. He is paying around 5,000 yen ($41.73 at the current exchange) a month for a 100 mbps connection. To compare, I used the Speakeasy Speed Test and I got 5Mbps download speed and 261kbps upload speed. Danny Choo tested his and got 61.68Mbps download and 58.25Mbps upload. I may cry in a corner now. He is getting 12 times the download speed, and, well, a crapload more times the upload speed… and costing him $18 less a month than I’m paying.

Luis over at BlogD, also a blogger in Japan, informed me this was part of a program in Japan called “e-Japan“. The initiative was started in 2001 and stated:

a. Promote the establishment of one of the world’s most advanced Internet networks within five years, and enable all the people who need it to have ultra high-speed access networks1 (30-100Mbps2 as a standard) at affordable rates. (Aim to provide high-speed constant access networks3 to at least 30million households and ultra high-speed constant access to 10million households)

Seems they are succeeding.

So, how can the United States, the developer of the internet, be lagging so far behind other countries? It’s not just Japan who is handing us our asses when it comes to speeds, and here we are languishing at 5mbps. And even at that, at least once a week I seem to drop out at either work or home (yes, I pay $59.95 a month… per location… lucky me). Last night, when trying to do a blog entry, I lose my connection repeatedly, and it just fed me up. I want a better connection, but alas, I have NO options available to me. Never mind I am overpaying for such a slow connection, I just want it to be consistent!



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