No way…I get Fiber-optic internet?…

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So after six hours of install time, I am now the proud new owner of AT&T’s U-verse deal. I signed up for this package since it was going to be on a fiber-optic network and improve my speeds. Well, now that all is said and done, I find out that my download speed is definitely not better….it might of actually slowed down a tiny bit.  My upload is faster, but not anywhere near the 1.5Mbps that they sold me on. Try 1Mbps.  So I guess I doubled my upload speed, which is at least an improvement. Other than that, I found out that this new U-verse deal doesn’t have anything to do with wiring fiber-optic cable into customers’ houses. They sell it as if that were the case, when in reality, “the box down the street, that you connect to, is fiber-optic”. So….it’s the same dsl wiring that I was using in the first place.
If you’re a total TV nerd, the package seems pretty neato. Massive DVR, a billion channels, programable recording of up to four shows at once, etc….all great for TV junkies. Me, I get to ‘try it out’ for 30 days, then cancel the TV, and keep the new upload speed for free.  Oh, plus a fifty dollar check for doing a weekday instal. Not bad, but I’m still bummed that I didn’t get the 4Mbps they sold me on…and I really wanted to know that fiber-optic cable ran straight to my house. Becuase that would only mean faster speeds, sooner than later.



2 Comments so far

  1. Morten April 26th, 2009 1:04 pm

    i@m sitting on a 30/30 Mb fiber aksess to the internett. works great here in Norway

  2. zOnk.oNe April 26th, 2009 7:00 pm

    Yeah…most of Europe is light years ahead of the States regarding internet speeds. Japan is now putting 160MB lines in neighborhoods. That’s faster than a lot of medium to large size businesses have in the United States. Plus, this Japanese plan is less than what we pay for a 20MB line. Go figure…

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