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« on: May 20, 2012, 06:02:15 PM »

Has anyone had experience going from Comcast internet to Centruylink's 40 meg service? They just got to my area with fiber and I want to check it out. Doesn't hurt that it's about $25 less per month. So, has anyone switched or can offer advice?
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2012, 06:37:51 PM »

Can't speak for Comcast, but any upgrade from cable or DSL to fiber is a good upgrade in my eyes. I have a 60 Mbit fiber line myself, and it works much better than my old ADSL lines ever did.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 12:02:57 AM »

Getting out from Comcast in any way possible is a win in my books. Fiber won't hurt you either.

Just make sure its fiber all the way to your house. ATT tried selling me "fiber", only to find out fiber only went to the closest routing box. Copper the rest of the way... Chumps.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 12:04:56 AM »

Quote from: Nonnahob on May 21, 2012, 12:02:57 AM

Fiber won't hurt you either.

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 03:01:23 AM »

I took the plunge and ordered the service. I have a few days to cancel if it sucks.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 08:43:55 AM »

Quote from: Nonnahob on May 21, 2012, 12:02:57 AM

Getting out from Comcast in any way possible is a win in my books. Fiber won't hurt you either.

Just make sure its fiber all the way to your house. ATT tried selling me "fiber", only to find out fiber only went to the closest routing box. Copper the rest of the way... Chumps.

The last mile tech (copper vs. fiber) doesn't really matter. Using existing copper for the last mile is significantly cheaper than retrofitting fiber to every house. With VDSL the distance to the VRAD is all that matters. Around here, there's a VRAD at the entrance to most subdivisions, so it's pretty rare to be more than 3000 feet from one. Granted, they won't even offer you service if you are.

Ironically, with U-Verse, FTTN (copper last mile) is a better product. Because FTTP (fiber last mile) is more rare, something like 4-6% of the total network, certain upgrades come to us later. Some changes, like 24 meg internet service, are completely unavailable. I have FTTP currently, and had FTTN before I moved here. I'd actually rather have the FTTN service, as I had less problems with it. Granted, I do like pings in the 20s...

That said, Centurylink looks to be FTTN with VDSL over copper for the last mile as well. So long as your wire distance is in the optimal range to your VRAD (between 1000 and 3000 feet), you'll be fine.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 07:09:07 PM »

I ran a couple of speed tests on the new fiber. ~37M down, ~5M up. Downloading a large file on my macbook averages about 3.3M per second. I downloaded some previous album purchases from iTunes. Each album took about 30 seconds.

The tech said I had 67M right up to the house.
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