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10 July 2011 @ 04:08 pm
A question of some curiosity...  
 For my European friends. My husband had a conversation while he was in Japan this year with some fellow travelers who originated in Europe. The talk turned to high speed internet, and it seems in at least some places in Europe, average high speed downloads are as fast as 100mb per second, with average cost somewhere in the $15-20 per month range.

While here in the us, 1mb per second is "high speed" for anywhere from $40-60 per month. Our European friends were marveling at this, and wondered how the US high speed providers could get away with this highway robbery (it's simple, really - we have no choice. There are no other/better options.)

Once home, Mark was uncertain if his fellow travelers were referring to business internet, or home internet. So I offered to pose the question to my f-list. So, if you're inclined to share, how fast is your internet, and how much do you pay for it?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
KayJayUU: abed huhkayjayuu on July 10th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not in Europe, but North Dakota can be considered a foreign country by some people. XD

I think it's dependent on where you are and who your provider is. Here in the boonies of small town Dakota, we have a top speed of 30mbps available for 49.95 residential, a la carte. I just tested my speed and clocked in at 20mbps, right where we should be -- we have the second tier by choice, and with my phone service (no cable by choice also) it costs us $54.95 plus other stuff. They offer a 1mbps Economy internet connection with phone for 43.

We've had fiber optics for ages. Just about the entire state is wired.
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 10th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
You have fiber optics? *so jealous* Our cable company offers fiber optics, but it's only for part of the line, pretty useless, as the other non-fiber optic part of the connection slows it way down. Verizon offers fiber optic service, but not in our area yet. :(
Miss Crankypants: Vampire Diaries Tyler/Caroline Porchaka_paloma on July 11th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm not in Europe either, but thought I'd also chime in. With Shaw Cable here in Canada, you can get a 100mbps dl speed for $69CDN. It's a bundled packaged that includes a bunch of other features.

I have what Shaw calls their "Extreme" package. It has a 25mbps dl speed. I get a couple of discounts because I also have Shaw's cable TV and I bought the modem outright so I probably pay around $40CDN per month.

It's also a very reliable service. It rarely craps out. I've been using it for 8 years now and it's failed me maybe twice, and that was in the early years before they finished doing all the upgrades. I absolutely love it.
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 11th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
This totally OT, but:

OMG I love your icon! Love!

I tested our connection speed after kayjayuu's reply, and we're at a 30mbps download speed, supposedly. But I've seen our connection fluctuate wildly when, for instance, we're watching Netflix, or when the husband is trying to shoot people on the xbox. I think our connection is actually more like "anywhere from 1mbps to 40mbps", and we never actually see the 40.