The ATT Yahoo DSL "throughput" download speed
of my Internet connection was 70Kbs. For years
that has been plenty, for an old guy that was
BUT, when trying to watch Youtube content,
I have to hit pause, let it load, and then watch.
OK, no problem, I used to do that with dial-up.
Recently my SpeedStream modem decided to use
"bridge mode", without telling me. I really
thought something was wrong when all I could
get was 23Kbs download. (I am using a Netgear
router [wired mode] and several computers.)
I called tech support, got the term 'bridge mode',
found out how to fix that, and was assured that
my 70Kbs "throughput" speed was legally within
my ATT Yahoo contract range.
I Googled, bought a commrcial POTS splitter, installed
it at the incomming line, and got no improvement,
still 70Kbs. When I tried to upgrade my DSL service,
a ?no upgrade possible? screen came up.
I researched more, and found that DSL Extreme now
offers a month to month contract, *without the $250
early cancellation fee, that scared me away a few
years ago when my ATT Yahoo DSL service jacked the
price up by 25%, and I wanted to pay less.
I switched ISPs last week. Now, with DSL Extreme,
for about $29 per month, I get 150Kbs throughput,
and I can watch Youtube without waiting to download
I think ATT Yahoo DSL wanted $35 or so for this
amount of "throughput". AND, now I can go get
the ice cream deal, ATT DSL offers only to new
customers; anytime I want; to pay more for the
same throughput speed.
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