Highland DSL Internet Service

Highland DSL Internet Service

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gunner

Huntsville, TN

#1 Nov 10, 2009
Hello, I have Highland Dial Up internet service. I was wondering how much dsl costs a month? And how fast it is? Thanks
ehhh

Wartburg, TN

#2 Nov 10, 2009
gunner wrote:
Hello, I have Highland Dial Up internet service. I was wondering how much dsl costs a month? And how fast it is? Thanks
I can only attest for the DSL high speed and phone service. I have the highest speed you can get from them. Since you have to have a phone line with them, I have the very raw basic. My bill is $85 bucks a month, taxes and all.

I use Magicjack for caller ID and unlimited calling.

If you have good cell phone signal where you are at, you can get a wireless net card for $60 a month. You can use magicjack with that and it will save you around $20 something bucks over all a month.

As far as the speed.... you can get 256kbit, 512kbit, or 1.5mbit (which is what I have).

Downloading at a top speed (song, movie, etc) will be around 160kbs, versus 4.6kbs (for some) at dialup. In a comparison perspective, 1.5mbit is around 160kbs ... which is very approx.

This is why we want to run cable to this county. We can get 20mbit for around $40 bucks a month.

If you are an internet hog like me, then DSL is worth it. I do a lot of work online. I download movies, songs, etc. I will use it until we get something better.

Keep in mind it all depends your location as well. I know someone that has the highest speed and only downloads at 80kbs.

If you want to know the difference in speeds, google information about kbits/mbits versus kbs. This will give you are general idea about speeds.

There are differences between speeds, like I said, mines at 1.5mbit, which downloads at 160kbs. 512kbit,256kbit will be a lot less in download speeds.
Scott Co Girl

Oneida, TN

#3 Dec 9, 2009
NEW YORK AT&T Inc. is boosting its top available broadband speeds in Austin, Texas, San Antonio and St. Louis in preparation for a wider rollout.

The new U-verse High Speed Internet Max Turbo tier will provide downloads at up to 24 megabits per second and uploads at up to 3 megabits per second, the company said Wednesday.

The new tier will be available where AT&T has upgraded its phone lines to carry its U-Verse TV and data service. Max Turbo will cost residential customers $65 per month when bundled with TV.

Previously, the top download speed available on U-Verse was 18 megabits per second. Among the major phone companies, Qwest Communications International Inc. has had the highest download speeds over phone lines, at 20 megabits per second.

Phone companies are ramping their speeds to compete with cable companies, which are upgrading their modems to support download speeds of around 50 megabits per second.

Source:http://news.yahoo.com/s /ap/20091209/ap_on_hi_te/us_te c_techbit_at_t_broadband

Does anybody else see this and think "hey I'm totally getting ripped off!" or is it just me?

“The Blaze is my Hero”

Since: May 07

Mother Russia

#4 Dec 9, 2009
If you have highland DSL (or so called DSL) then yes you are getting ripped off.
As I said before highland required you to have a phone line, then they run a NEW line for the DSL which is not even required. The existing phone line still has two twisted pair copper lines that can be used for your DSL yet they want you to buy a new line. Its a rip off. Besides their DSL is not DSL. True DSL does not use copper twisted pair. All we have is basically a souped up dial up system.

Until we can get something else in here we have to deal with it.

“The Blaze is my Hero”

Since: May 07

Mother Russia

#5 Dec 9, 2009
Oh and Highland has a contract with its provider set up so that no one else can sell you internet in their area. A buddy of mine called them and was going to set up an internet provider and offer basic dial up for 10.00 per month. He was told that there was a contract from highland preventing this. Im not sure but I do think this is a violation of FCC regulations. If everyone filed a lawsuit on this provider at one time then they would drop this contract like a hot potato

and yes you are buying resold internet at a huge markup, over 300% markup.
Scott Co Girl

Oneida, TN

#6 Dec 9, 2009
Outdoorsman wrote:
Oh and Highland has a contract with its provider set up so that no one else can sell you internet in their area. A buddy of mine called them and was going to set up an internet provider and offer basic dial up for 10.00 per month. He was told that there was a contract from highland preventing this. Im not sure but I do think this is a violation of FCC regulations. If everyone filed a lawsuit on this provider at one time then they would drop this contract like a hot potato
and yes you are buying resold internet at a huge markup, over 300% markup.
Once upon a time Tennier employees could get dial-up for 10.00 through Highland(I don't know if they still do), if they can offer it to some people for 10 they should have to give it to everyone for 10, considering supposedly if we have Highland we are co-owners.
Correct

Tucson, AZ

#7 Dec 10, 2009
Scott Co Girl wrote:
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Once upon a time Tennier employees could get dial-up for 10.00 through Highland(I don't know if they still do), if they can offer it to some people for 10 they should have to give it to everyone for 10, considering supposedly if we have Highland we are co-owners.
The school teachers also got the lower rate
Magic Words

Columbia, SC

#8 Dec 10, 2009
The magic words are CO OWNERS
That means that if enough of you set out with a petition to have highland change their contracts or to allow other services in here then it can be done but it will take someone actually doing it. You would have to get real signatures not just online and you might want to consider getting the local news to cover it so it will become a big widely seen deal.
Magic Words

Columbia, SC

#9 Dec 10, 2009
I bet six on your side would cover it if someone called them?
Well

Oakdale, TN

#10 Dec 10, 2009
Outdoorsman wrote:
If you have highland DSL (or so called DSL) then yes you are getting ripped off.
As I said before highland required you to have a phone line, then they run a NEW line for the DSL which is not even required. The existing phone line still has two twisted pair copper lines that can be used for your DSL yet they want you to buy a new line. Its a rip off. Besides their DSL is not DSL. True DSL does not use copper twisted pair. All we have is basically a souped up dial up system.
Until we can get something else in here we have to deal with it.
In a way you are right. However, I still clock at a 1.5mbit connection on their system. Of course they do like to rip you a new one.

Highland will change their ways, but it will only be in a matter of time. Whether it be by force from the communities, or new technology.

As more cell phone companies start moving in this area with 2.5 and 3G services, people will start to realize that it will be a better alternative by switching to an air card for less money and the same speed.

I know here in Lancing, I can get a week signal from Verizon on my air card and still download at 80kbps. Just imagine 3G speeds and actual towers out in this area and others. I can use a air card, and a simple system like magicjack and only pay about $65 bucks a month for everything.

Right now that isn't but a $20 a month savings, but in time the air cards will go down, and if people will start realizing this, then they will switch. Leaving Highland with no where to go.

I'm a speed junkie, and I need speed. A lot of users don't need it like a few of us who do a lot of downloading and work with computers. This is one reason I would love Comcast to come in the area. 6, 8+ mbit connections.

I might not the ends and outs of the actual phone companies procedure, but I have been on computers and networking long enough to know that they are trying to pull a blanket over peoples eyes.

Highland thinks that they own these phone lines, when they don't. It's a monopoly and everyone knows it. People need to stand up about it, but its going to take more than a hand full of people to do it.

I thought about putting fliers up around town with a petition for comcast to come back into the area. At least that way people could actually get affordable internet and phone service without all this bull crap.
same old crap

Sunbright, TN

#11 Dec 11, 2009
you people need to give it a rest,comcast doesent give 2 shits about the people of morgan county,and i know for a fact highland does own there telephone lines and the poles,comcast has shitless service,highland came in this county in the 1950" when nobody else would,and give us phone service,comcast needs to worry about there shitless cable tv service,befor they start worrying about highspeed internet,and for your imformation well,comast is in the area,they service morgan,scott,and fentress county,like i said befor,they dont give a shit about morgan county,no money in it for them
Lowland Internet

Columbia, SC

#12 Dec 11, 2009
Do you think highland cares about us? I mean come on dude they are getting internet from spirittelecom for 3.95 per account and selling it to us for 19.95 then when we get their so called DSL they requires us to have a new phone line...when any of us who are in technical networking knows this is pure bullshit, we dont need the second line its just a way to rip us off.

Yes highland owns the phone poles and the lines but the lines are sanctioned by the FCC which can be used to stop their monopoly shit. Considering there are now power poles in the county that highland does not own then comcast could use those.

I did some checking and here is what I was told. According to FCC regulations if comcast has an existing cable line installed there is NOTHING that highland can do about them offering bundled internet.

Since we the people own part of highland then we can always come together to have the current administration removed for not taking our best interest into consideration.
Lowland Internet

Columbia, SC

#13 Dec 13, 2009
Isnt Verizon internet set up like the others thought? with download limits?
yep

Wartburg, TN

#14 Dec 13, 2009
Lowland Internet wrote:
Isnt Verizon internet set up like the others thought? with download limits?
All cell phone air-time cards for the computers have a 5GB a month limit transfer rate.

After the 5GB, the speed is cut to a lower setting.
aHH

Columbia, SC

#15 Dec 15, 2009
so how much is it cut down?
Yep

Wartburg, TN

#16 Dec 15, 2009
aHH wrote:
so how much is it cut down?
Well, the connection (if you have good signals and are in prime areas) is the same as Highlands fastest DSL service (1.5mbit, download speeds at approx. 170kbs)

After you reach your limit of 5Gb for the month, it cuts down halfway. Which is still pretty fast.

The only way that you will really go over the 5GB limit is by downloading a crap load of songs and movies during one month.
aHH

Columbia, SC

#17 Dec 15, 2009
anyone know about ATT wireless internet? how is it?
Yep

Wartburg, TN

#18 Dec 15, 2009
aHH wrote:
anyone know about ATT wireless internet? how is it?
If you are talking about the air card for laptop (which you can use for desktops as well) then it's is alright.

As long as you have a good signal, you will get 1.5mbit connection on any airtime card or service, ie verizon, att, etc.(granted you are in a prime area, if not, you might see reduced speeds).
Venom

Oneida, TN

#19 May 12, 2011
same old crap wrote:
you people need to give it a rest,comcast doesent give 2 shits about the people of morgan county,and i know for a fact highland does own there telephone lines and the poles,comcast has shitless service,highland came in this county in the 1950" when nobody else would,and give us phone service,comcast needs to worry about there shitless cable tv service,befor they start worrying about highspeed internet,and for your imformation well,comast is in the area,they service morgan,scott,and fentress county,like i said befor,they dont give a shit about morgan county,no money in it for them
Must be an employee talking lol. Highland is crap. They REFUSE to allow comcast to offer DSL to us, how do I know? I asked comcast and they said highland would not allow them to offer it here, they have some sort or monopoly contract or something which is illegal to start with. Comcast said they pay fines every year just so they can keep their monopoly. Its time we change dam people we gotta do something
kishme

Toledo, OH

#20 May 12, 2011
We need to terminate most, if not all, Highland employees. Rehire who we actually want working there. Yeah let's go to a meeting, demand fair treatment, and sue if we don't get it.

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