Changing My Communications Providers
My problem is that they occasionally get much slower than this. This week is one of those times. This morning it gives me 250 kbits/second. That's no good. I've called Verizon technical support, and they have told me that the signal is a perfect 3000 kbits/second to my modem, and that the problem must be in my PC. I don't believe them. They said this to Seth a while back. Then he switched to internet service as provided by the local cable company Time Warner. For the past six months, he's been running at 5000 kbits / second, 100% of the time.
So, I'm cutting the cord. I just signed up for Time Warner Cable for my internet service.
But to maximize my discounts, I am also giving them my phone service, which will now be a " digital phone " as offered by the cable tv company.
I will also switch my tv provider from Directv to Time Warner. This is strictly an economic decision--Time Warner pays a $200 incentive for switching, and there is a bundling discount for having tv/internet/phone with TW. I'm not dissatisfied in any way with Directv, and I will be sad to leave them.
The plan I signed up for gives me a) a wide spectrum of digital channels, shown here
http://www.twcnyc.com/downloads/chlineupBQ.pdf , b) digital phone incl unlimited local and US long distance service, and c) 5000 kbits internet service. The price for this is $99.95 a month for the first year, going to $109.95 in year two. Thats a good deal.
I'm paying $19 a month extra for DVR service ( an recorder for the tv ) and for an additional tv set in the other apartment.
The service will be installed on March 10.
The channels will include Fox Soccer Channel, so I will be able to see what my European friends have been talking about.