William H. Magill on 19 Aug 2005 02:07:17 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] ISPs (again)

On 18 Aug, 2005, at 11:04, Jeff Abrahamson intoned:
And, Cosmin, how are you looking at getting 3 Mb / 768 Kb in the city?
How much are you looking at paying for that?

That (3x768) is now (as of 1 July, I believe) the standard DSL rate for Verizon new installs.

If you have an old "Business rate" 1.5/364 DSL from DCAnet using Verizon DSL, you can get it upgraded to the new 3/768 and actually save money! (I just got mine dropped from $102.10, including taxes, per month ($306.30 quarterly) to something around $80 per month -- I haven't gotten a full month bill yet. But you have to ask them.) The upgrade was invisible. I have an ORIGINAL Bell Atlantic Westel modem and it just started running at the higher speed after they reset the DSLAM in the CO. [I've been a DCAnet customer for a LONG time -- since Verizon was Bell Atlantic -- on the Evergreen CO in University City.]

Verizon currently advertises their 3m DSL for $49 per month (3 months) in their bill inserts. They only charge DCA net a couple of bucks less than that so their charge to you is more than Verizon's. And after the most recent supreme court decision, it is likely to go up.

Supposedly Cavalier (Cavtel) now offers 10m DSL in Phila (at least in the University City area). However, I don't know of anyone with that service.

BTW... my verizon phone line is $15.70 per month (including taxes.) It's a "lifeline" service or some such, with no designated long- distance carrier. Convincing them to terminate the automatic long distance carrier is both difficult and the key to the lower rate.

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