December 8th, 2009

Hoffa-Livingston, Message Hat

Broadband Options

Our Speakeasy DSL line has started flaking out on a daily basis after being fairly solid for years. The techs think that it's probably our DSL box failing (it's about ten years old) and are overnight-shipping a new one. If this doesn't fix the problem, they don't know what will -- our line is a bit longer than they can really guarantee, though it's been good enough to provide 1.5M/384 speeds (and still does on those occasions when it works at all, which makes me optimistic that the replacement will work).

That said, it's time to look at fallback plans. (And, ultimately, we may want to move to a service that will support higher speeds in any case, but I'd prefer to do so in my own time.) The two main alternative options seem to be Verizon FIOS and Cox cable internet; does anybody have any rants or raves for those services?

Thanks for any useful tips.

ADDENDUM Tuesday Evening: The new DSL box was waiting at home. I installed it; after an initial failure it worked when I pulled and re-planted the phone and ethernet lines. So far, so good, but given that the problem was an intermittent one it'll be a while before I know whether replacing the box is going to make a difference.
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