Cheap Broadband Options in Parkersburg?
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#1 Sep 9, 2013
Hello. Just moved to Parkersburg (in the city limits). I'd like to know what my options are for cheap broadband Internet access - stand-alone, not bundled with any other services. Looking for at least one megabit down & 512 kilobit up as a minimum with low latency. Need something as far below $41 per month as possible, but reliability is also a must (have a VOIP telephone service). Please list company, price, and speeds. Thank you very much in advance!
#2 Sep 9, 2013
It's not going to happen.
You can get 1MD/512kU in the area easily for far less than 41 a month. Dry loop DSL (no phone, just internet) will allow for it cheap. Dry loop cable (no tv, just internet) can do that price range too.
However, the latency of just about everything in the area is pretty high - shoddy old equipment and infrastructure along with overselling like crazy. You'll drop packets like water in a sieve, and you'll get bumped offline and have to reestablish connection fairly often.
With the latency and connectivity issues a barebones small connection in this are just cannot handle VOIP very well. You're going to have to pay more to get more to do it. Even then, you're going to hate it.
Time Warner got busted a little while ago for making sure any VOIP packet going across their network had such a low priority (QOS crap) it would almost never work right. Not sure if they quit doing it, so it may still be an issue. If you have to do very low bandwidth connection and have to do VOIP I'd try DSL before cable, but don't hold your breath on anything. The infrastructure is just not there, and what is there is oversold to death.
#3 Sep 9, 2013
That's pretty horrible if true. But why would things be so much worse inside the city limits than out of it? We just moved into the city proper from out of the city limits, and we had decent service there. We split it with our next-door neighbor (who actually have the service). They have Suddenlink's Internet Access / digital telephone line bundle. I am not certain what their tier level is, but they shared it with us using an old Westell DSL modem/router combo unit (to provide us with the WiFi signal). It only had a single antenna, was not capable of the fastest speeds, and - while they were our next-door neighbors, we had "country-sized yards" - it wasn't very close. Right before we moved, all of our computer equipment was packed except for an old Pentium 4 laptop with only 768 megs of RAM and a previous version of linux. Slow isn't its middle name, it's its only name. I did a test with Speedtest (dot net) just before we left our old house and saw (I wrote it down) ping times of only 44ms, download speed of 16.89 mbit/sec, and upload speed of 1,46 mbit/second. Remember, this was using an old router, an 11(?)-year old laptop, and the neighbor's connection. Suddenlink worked great there and we had zero issues with our VOIP service - why would it be worse inside the city proper? We would subscribe to Suddenlink's Internet access today except that we just took a 40% cut in income along with the unplanned move; my wife's mother's health took a turn for the worse and the wife quit her job to sit with her mom through the day. The service at our previous location was faster than we needed - and I have no idea how fast it was at our neighbor's where the actual access point was. It's just the two of us and at the most, we might stream a movie from Netflix once or twice per week; other than that, it's just web browsing and the traffic from our email apps - plus our VOIP telephony service.
BTW, Time Warner is not even doing business in the Parkersburg, WV area - are you sure you're not confusing my city with Parkersburg, IA or somewhere else? We have none of the issues here that you mentioned, we just need to find a cheap service provider and/or tier.
#4 Sep 9, 2013
Time Warner is/was across the river, and I'm aware they are not in PBurg. I mentioned it only to demonstrate the kind of shoddy tactics used in smaller areas with poor infrastructure - they do whatever they can to keep what they do have freed up enough for the people they oversold it to to use at all.
If you were downloading at 16.8MB/s you had far, far beyond a 1Mb line. That sounds like one of the highest tiers that Suddenlink sells. You had a ton of bandwidth, so VOIP would work ok. As well, your extremely high bandwidth is why you had small ping times. Essentially, what you used to have is along the lines of a 100MB/second connection. That is going to cost way, way more than a 1MB line.
A 1MB line will let you download around 128KB/second.
#5 Sep 9, 2013
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