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If anyone is involved in the Powerline test markets, please let us know in detail how it all works and how well, or not, it is working for you.

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I voted Cable but at the moment have both Cable and DSL.I am in a process of reviwing different DSL providers in order to pick the right one :)

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Likewise, I voted cable, but I currently have cable, DSL, and two-way satellite. I have not been able to get fixed wireless in my area, but I am hopeful of acquiring powerline at some point!-- Scot

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Dialup ... through one dialup/firewall UNIX computer as frontend for our 11 computers ... thankfully there are only two of us here at home surfing at any one time :)As they said in FireSign Theater ... "They never come up into the hills!"It just isn't economically viable for any of the telephone or cable companies to offer broadband here. So that leaves satellite and they apparently require a windows machine as front end (not my first choice), and it's still too expensive IMHO.

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Howdy all...Currently I have DSL w/ Dialup backup and Cable should be in the area come November... I'm currently running 1.5M/256k w/static IP (I may opt for the 384 or 512 up) and I generally get dl's of 170kbps (which is very close the to theoretical max of this speed). There's a guy here now at our local NC Telecenter (a place/program from the state on the rural internet initiative) that's got it going there and is currently testing it there... The admin says that this guy's setup makes his T-1 look like dialup, he';s trying to get things approved in order to offer it here... I'm actually excited and can't wait...

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That's fantastic Mike ... I hope they bring that type of thing to our neck of the woods <_>

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I’m using two-way satellite, going out into a wireless network for my house. I also have dial-up when weather interferes, or when I’m out and about with my laptop.Also, I have access to a few locations in my hometown area that offer free access point web surfing; you got to love that if you have a laptop/pda with wireless options!

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Arena --That's great! I would love to have such options :)We don't even have a cellphone tower anywhere close enough to get a signal to actually receive calls; you would end up getting a message cuz they couldn't get through to me.I just got rid of the extra payment. It just wasn't worth it. :D

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I use Comcast high speed cable internet, and it is very very slow but they have monopoly here, so I have no choice. Justice Department should target on Comcast and Charter Communication instead of biting tough beef like Microsoft :D Anyway, I also have 802.11b card installed on my laptop, so if I ever go to Starbucks..or any university operated computing sites, I can get online freely :)ThunderRiver

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I know this is still a small (but respectable!) subset of the SFNL readership, but it's interesting that this poll's results are very different from the annual Broadband Users' Poll I do. Far fewer DSL users here.Also, dial-up folks, I'm sorry that I've never asked you to vote. It really hasn't been fair. I'm glad to see that in the poll here, and I think I just changed all future annual BB polls to include that question.-- Scot

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Thanks Scot!I am glad you will include dialup from now on .... we lowly dialup users have to deal with some really crappy connection speeds (by comparison to any other method...but at least we have that!) and it would be nice to be recognized for our pain :)We should be awarded the cake for our patience B)

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Me still on dial up ...as DSL is still expensive for me250 AED per month is not that expensive...but getting a connection costs 1000 + AED to say hey i have got a broadbandline with a broad hole in my pocket too :) .AED means Arab Emirates Dirham.......UAE's currency.

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I know this is still a small (but respectable!) subset of the SFNL readership, but it's interesting that this poll's results are very different from the annual Broadband Users' Poll I do. Far fewer DSL users here.Also, dial-up folks, I'm sorry that I've never asked you to vote. It really hasn't been fair. I'm glad to see that in the poll here, and I think I just changed all future annual BB polls to include that question.-- Scot
I think it is still too early to draw any real conclusions from your poll. The sample you have to date isn't at all statistically significant.I have DSL with SBC in CA. Officially it is 768kb/128kb but I test at 1.2mb/102kb at DSLReports all the time. Most of the time my downloads are in 150-250kbs range. But I have experienced some truly amazing download speeds occasionally. A few weeks ago, I downloaded a 4MB file in about 5 seconds! Which seems to indicate that copper can go a lot faster than what we get these days. I guess SBC sometimes loses the cap :blink: I could never return to dial-up. The $50/month ($600/year) is worth it considering that I am on the computer a lot more than I watch TV and I pay $38/month for basic and extended cable (no movies, pay for view, etc.). SBC in CA (at least) is running a new user DSL special for $34.95/month with I think, a 12 month guarantee. On caution with DSL/Cable though is that you'll probably need more hard disk space because you'll be downloading all kinds of stuff that just wasn't pratical with dial-up.

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Dialup ... through one dialup/firewall UNIX computer as frontend for our 11 computers ... thankfully there are only two of us here at home surfing at any one time :)As they said in FireSign Theater ... "They never come up into the hills!"It just isn't economically viable for any of the telephone or cable companies to offer broadband here. So that leaves satellite and they apparently require a windows machine as front end (not my first choice), and it's still too expensive IMHO.
Same as me, we don't have paved roads out here, let alone broadband. A little rural humour. I have had dial up since 95 with the same ISP and I realy can't complain. Sure it's slow, but I'm used to it. Hey if I had broadband, I'd probably have a coronary <g>Until there is a big change to broadband technology, dial is all I will be ever will be able to use. Cable and DSL are out completely, I am 30 miles from the nearest city and 6 miles from the nearest village. Wireless is available, but I'd have to install a 100 ft tower, or cut down a couple hundred trees. Satellite is too overpriced but it may go down.However, I am intrigued with the use of a dedicated linux dial server. I have a copy of Free BSD 4.79 that I'm itching to use as a dialer server. That will be my next project.

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As they said in FireSign Theater ... "They never come up into the hills!"
LilBambi, A Firesign Theatre fan! "How can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all?" I knew there was a good reason for joining this forum! Chris

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Broadband Boom I believe I got the below item and commentary from Lockergnome Tech Specialist newsletter.---------------------------------------------------------Web Connection Speed TrendsAndy King emailed over notification of the February 2003 Bandwidth Report, which concludes that the US has reached 33.5% coverage for broadband connections, including DSL, cable modems and other non-dialin connectivity methods (wireless, satellite, etc.). The remaining 66.5% of US Internet patrons rely upon standard modem connections. Apparently, 2.6% of you are still crawling along with 14.4Kbps connections. You have my sympathies. Actually, I'm sure many of the 14.4-33.6Kbps customers are strapped with the slower speeds due to crummy phone systems. My own parents were in the same boat, rarely getting over 24.6Kbps because of low quality lines, with the phone company refusing to do anything about it. What's truly insulting is that they live right smack in the middle of Omaha, Nebraska, hardly a one stoplight sort of town.

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As they said in FireSign Theater ... "They never come up into the hills!"
LilBambi, A Firesign Theatre fan! "How can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all?" I knew there was a good reason for joining this forum! Chris
Chris --HEHEHEHE!! :rolleyes: Firesign is great fun! Gotta love it ... I'm gonna take off my shoes and learn to play the flute :)

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DSL user here. Cable isn't available here, but I've been on DSL for the last year and a half. I love it. :rolleyes:

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I love my cable connection, except their E-Mail servers are slower than mollasses in January.

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Road Runner via Time Warner Cable. 2.0mbps downstream, 384kbps upstream. I will never go back to dial up! ;)

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I am currently beta testing a wireless (on ISP's end) modem that gets its signal from a cell tower. Ethernet hard-wired on my end. I'm not sure what this modem is called. They are still testing the service - it's not actually available from my ISP until they finish this testing phase. Still working on dropouts. Range from 750 kbps to up to 1.25 Mbps speed when it works - blazing! (I hope I wrote the speeds correctly - measures as nearly a T-1 line at times)

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College spoiled me with broadband, so I knew once I moved off campus, I couldn't live without it... Our phone company is Alltel, so I don't even have a land line (wouldn't give another dime to that company).... I use cable... it's actually through Time Warner Roadrunner, but I run it through a local ISP ($5 per month cheaper)... I'll never go without it... it's too much of a necessity... ;)

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i've recently got cable. sweet. B) interesting to note the significant percentage of dial up still out there.anyone remember the excitement of being able to dial into your fav bb with your new 9600 baud hayes modem? smokin!

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