Can anyone explain ISP's?

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    Why are speeds throttled?

    What are args for/against considering internet a utility?

    Why can these companies stay in business with almost 0% customer approval.

    All I hear is how much people hate their ISP's

    In with cox now and they have personally been a living hell.

    Thinking about awitching to ATT and all reviews and anecdotes are horrible

    Idk what to do.
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    Speeds are throttled because it lets them charge customers more.

    The arguments against considering internet a utility is that socialism is bad (and the ISPs have more lobbyists than their customers).

    They can stay in business because of barriers to entry, many of those barriers having been erected by the ISPs already in business.

    Look at the prices that the rest of the world pays and the speeds they get. If capitalism works so much better, why are we paying more for internet access and getting less?
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    I have AT&T and while Comcast offers a faster speed overall I like the service I get with my current provider. I used to have Road Runner with Time Warner but would have to reset the modem two or three times a day. I have had very good luck with the ones used by AT&T. I have the max speed available in my area from them and it runs a little under $50.00 a month. Streaming is problematic though.
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    Literally just described worst case scenario.

    I bought the cox 42 Mbps package bc I stream a lot and wow. Actual speed tests clocked me at 2.6 Mbps consistently throughout the day for a whole month. I logged the whole thing.

    Called cox and sent a tech, he said it was a node problem -_- aka cox sold me something they can't provide.

    Showed tech my logs said to call billing

    Called billing gave me a 30$ credit.

    Later when I got the bill it was removed.


    Sent a letter complaining that they also charged me for the inhome visit even though it's a cox problem (node)

    I was paying 69$ a month, for that money you'd think I'd get 1gbps and a damn blo#job (not including cable)
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    Forgot to mention, week nights I PEAK at 600 kbps. Unreal.
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    In England they have no free WiFi...
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    Can you get your own modem to work on any cable ISP?
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    ANY. I don't think so,

    But they support a couple isp's
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    Just checked mine and I'm getting and average of 5.88 Mbps download speed.
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    o2wifi.co.uk

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    Next question.

    Why are these companies so ok with sub par service??

    If COX had better internet and service ATT would have to keep up. But it seems like half way through the marathon they teamed up and built a bunker to fight the customers instead of trying to improve
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    It's their modem and not all modems are interchangeable. The AT&T signal is an analog coming in over the phone line and the modem converts it to digital, while the one from the cable company is coming in on a coaxial. Takes two different kinds of modems from what I recall in my studies.
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    The type of transmission lines has an affect on it.
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    This really belongs in Gator Bytes so I am going to move it and leave a redirect for awhle.
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    That's new.

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    Thanks man.
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    I see. I'm wondering because they sell them on Newegg and I was curious as to whether or not I could just buy a faster modem and plug it into my cable line.
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    I don't know if that would make a difference. You would have to make sure you got the one that matches the type of service you are getting.
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    Because our "capitalist" system doesn't allow for competition, while the "socialist" European systems promote competition, resulting in better product and lower prices. Weird, isn't it?
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    Comcast at 50 bucks a month. I own my own Docsis 3.0 modem

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