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How much is your internet bill?
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:04:14 PM »
Mine is $73/mo, and it's Comcast.

Of course, I would like it to be lower. I've looked at two others. For one, the best service is a bit more than what I pay now. Their middle service is a good deal less. For the other, the price is also about the same.

What I do not know how to find out is much GBs we use per month. If it's lower than what I think it is, then I might be able to get a cheaper service.

Do ISPs provide usage levels in the bills? I've never seen it, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.


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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 06:17:49 PM »
We just switched from Comcast to Clear ($50/mo for up to 6 mbps - still not cheap, but we're saving some money) at the end of April and have not noticed a difference so far.  We do not do much video streaming or online gaming, but we do have multiple devices connected during nights and weekends.

You can check your GB usage at comcast.com; it's not on the Comcast bill since it is not specifically in the cost.  We were averaging 12-14 GB/mo for our family of 4.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013, 06:33:38 PM »
$47 a month with COX. It's their cheapest, and slowest, plan but I've never had a problem with speed or streaming Netflix. I've looked into switching but the only option that is cheaper would be one of those stand-alone hotspots from my wireless provider and I'm not sure it would be acceptable. It seems the entire industry has us over a barrel.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/205585/why_broadband_is_still_so_expensive.html

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013, 07:12:10 PM »
My new reduced rate is $50.53 (DSL). They tried to screw me, saying I had the lowest priced option at $80, but fortunately a different rep let slip about the $50 option. This company is literally my only option for Internet -- virtually no cellular signal, so no wireless hotspot, the cable company (only one here) refused to run a line to our new house because of the distance from the road, and this company has a local monopoly on phone service, so even if I went down to dial-up, they're it.

On the bright side, they ran a "street"-level line up to our house, so we are getting great speeds.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2013, 09:53:11 PM »
$32/month from AT&T - I've had the same connection for probably 8 years... No idea of the speed but I use Roku easily with no problems on speed...

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2013, 10:29:23 PM »
We have Comcast, $59/mo for 30 Mbps, which is seriously way too much speed for us, so we may look into decreasing our speed a little if its cheaper.  This also comes with super basic cable on one TV (which we never watch and told Comcast we don't need) but apparently that was the only way Comcast could give us that price is by having 2 services.  By having the internet ONLY it would have been more expensive $75/mo, for just one service.  The pricing is all bullsh#t we just need to learn to beat them at their game.  Check your bill to see if you are renting a modem, you can buy your own DOCSIS 3.O MODEM for around $70 and in a few months you will have offset your cost of the modem.

I would call and have a nice chat with a service rep at Comcast....I be they would miraculously be able to offer you a cheaper plan just to keep you as a customer.

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2013, 10:31:08 PM »
$31.34 with Comcast. I think I only get 3 Mb/s, but it's been plenty. I downgraded from 6 Mb/s, which is the lowest advertised internet, a few months ago and I haven't really noticed the difference. I can still VPN, Pandora still works fine, and so does my VOIPo phone.

I have my own modem. Actually got it for free from a coworker last year who was giving it away.

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2013, 12:49:28 AM »
We have Comcast, $59/mo for 30 Mbps, which is seriously way too much speed for us, so we may look into decreasing our speed a little if its cheaper.  This also comes with super basic cable on one TV (which we never watch and told Comcast we don't need) but apparently that was the only way Comcast could give us that price is by having 2 services.  By having the internet ONLY it would have been more expensive $75/mo, for just one service.  The pricing is all bullsh#t we just need to learn to beat them at their game.  Check your bill to see if you are renting a modem, you can buy your own DOCSIS 3.O MODEM for around $70 and in a few months you will have offset your cost of the modem.

I would call and have a nice chat with a service rep at Comcast....I be they would miraculously be able to offer you a cheaper plan just to keep you as a customer.

I have the exact same plan.  After six months it went up $20, and end the end of a year it will go up ANOTHER $20.  I called.  I threatened.  I nearly cried.  They won't drop the bill.  After I'm back from my trip in July and my house sitter is gone, I'm considering cancelling the whole thing.  I hate Comcast. 

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2013, 01:41:51 AM »
Wow, to think in Australia we're always being told how slow and expensive our internet is! I'm getting 25Mbps for $50 a month, currently split equally with housemate.

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2013, 06:22:49 AM »
$199 prepaid wireless, 18GB data, speeds up to about 6Mbps/sec, 365 days expiry.

It's not a lot of data for an entire year, but 10 months in and I still have over 7GB remaining. Good thing is carries forward if I recharge.

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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2013, 06:38:34 AM »
$23.95 a month for Verizon DSL, but provided through Toast.Net.  It was cheaper to do through Toast.Net than it was through Verizon directly as Verizon will NOT do a UNE DSL for a consumer, but Toast.Net can get the UNE and then pass it along to the consumer...

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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2013, 07:56:05 AM »
0 dollars! The company I rent from changed internet providers 3 years ago. I remained with the old internet provider as long as I could because they where about 30-50% cheaper. After 1,5 years they took away that option so I decided I would only use my dataplan on my smartphone and the internet at work. After 6 months the cost of the dataplan due to heavy use started to be approximately the same as ordinary internet. As I started to look at the different options my internet company decided that they really wanted me as a customer so they offered FREE internet for a year. I decided to accept so if I don't want to quit using internet at home I have to start paying some time in july about 50 dollars per month.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2013, 08:16:51 AM »
And I thought I was paying to much.

I have Century Link. I pay $22.50 for 7mbs service. I have to call them every year because they try and double the price. Its a pain in the ass I wish they would just offer me a product for a reasonable price. We have access to both comcast and century link but they both offer six month or a year long deals after that time is up you have to call up and renegotiate.

The city is slowly rolling out a fiber optic service in the city. They will be offering 10mbs up and 10 down for 39.99 too much for me but hopefully it will help drive prices down further.

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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2013, 08:35:01 AM »
$14.99/month for 3 Mbps with Comcast, but I think just for the first year.

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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2013, 09:16:10 AM »
We're doing Cox 3Mbps service for $43/month these days. I don't try to fight for better deals given everything else built upon that backbone only costs another $20 or so, it's the going national average, and it's still cheaper than AT&T... not that I'd go back. *spits*

$23.95 a month for Verizon DSL, but provided through Toast.Net.  It was cheaper to do through Toast.Net than it was through Verizon directly as Verizon will NOT do a UNE DSL for a consumer, but Toast.Net can get the UNE and then pass it along to the consumer...

Oh man, Toast is still around and doing DSL these days!? NICE! And oh hey, they're reselling Sprint 3G access, too! I haven't dealt with them in over half a decade, is their support department still top notch, Blue? If so, I may have to trot out another classic ISP name to add back into the Superguide.



As for everyone else with high bills and fast connections, just a gentle reminder that you can easily get away with as little as 3Mbps for streaming video and phone service (even less, technically, but the cost savings to speed loss doesn't much tally and it's a speed that errs on the side of generous).

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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2013, 09:29:27 AM »
Wow. This is really informative. Thank you! Based on what you all are saying, I'm pretty sure we could get a cheaper plan with fewer Mbps. We don't even stream movies and only watch video sometimes. We're heavy on email and browsing, which are not intensive like gaming and video and streaming.

Thank you for the tip to check Comcast.com. I will do that!

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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2013, 10:36:41 AM »
This thread got me thinking, so I decided to test my speed.  Promised 30mpbs from Comcast - tests at 48mbps.  I know I do not need that.  All I do is stream some video and watch netflix.  I am thinking I have a really good connection or something and could probably drop service down several degrees and not even notice it.  It's just then they get you by saying you can have tv and internet for this price, or you can have only internet for the same price.  I hate them.  I HATE THEM ALL.   

I have unlimited data on my phone, but it's not very fast and streaming isn't very good.  Wish there was a way to use my cell service to run my roku / computer.

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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2013, 11:00:34 AM »
We're doing Cox 3Mbps service for $43/month these days. I don't try to fight for better deals given everything else built upon that backbone only costs another $20 or so, it's the going national average, and it's still cheaper than AT&T... not that I'd go back. *spits*

As for everyone else with high bills and fast connections, just a gentle reminder that you can easily get away with as little as 3Mbps for streaming video and phone service (even less, technically, but the cost savings to speed loss doesn't much tally and it's a speed that errs on the side of generous).

My brother and I share a house and he is a heavy-use Xbox gamer, along with me streaming netflix and internet use at the same time.  We were doing fine at 20mpbs (Comcast just recently upped our speed to 30mbps). 

I want to lower our speed if it's cheaper, I've done a little research on internet speed, but not sure how low we can go without compromising our usage.

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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2013, 12:16:39 PM »
My brother and I share a house and he is a heavy-use Xbox gamer, along with me streaming netflix and internet use at the same time.  We were doing fine at 20mpbs (Comcast just recently upped our speed to 30mbps). 

I want to lower our speed if it's cheaper, I've done a little research on internet speed, but not sure how low we can go without compromising our usage.

Gaming uses very little bandwidth outside of downloading updates, ping time is more important. If you have the option with your router, throttle your connection speed down to 3Mbps and see how it goes, but I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine.

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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2013, 01:04:32 PM »

I pay $62/month for an unlimited* verizon wireless data plan.  It's not a phone, but a 3G dongle plugged into a router that knows what wireless internet is.  (I.e., it's not a mifi, it's a wired router that runs the house.)  Speed sucks.  1mb on a really good day.  800kb on a normal day.  Drip, drip, drip on a bad day.   Speeds are vastly varying and I'm pretty sure they throw a "slow your ass down" in there for long-running tcp sessions (or if there are many tcp sessions).

I'm pretty sure I'm out of 4g range and no cable, dsl or wifi available that I can tell.

*yeah, you go look at your "unlimited" plan.  They're limited.  They all have that little star after the "unlimited" word.  Mine is really 6G a month, which is fine for a phone but sucks rocks for a home network.  Forget video (even if the speed is there, which it isn't).  Just doing regular surfing and normal OS updates will suck the 6G dry.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2013, 01:11:27 PM »
$19.95 for 12 Mbps through CenturyLink, though it's from calling and asking for promotional discounts.  This is the price for 12 months.  I think previously we were paying $35 (and had to negotiate that as well).

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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2013, 01:15:56 PM »

I pay $62/month for an unlimited* verizon wireless data plan.  It's not a phone, but a 3G dongle plugged into a router that knows what wireless internet is.  (I.e., it's not a mifi, it's a wired router that runs the house.)  Speed sucks.  1mb on a really good day.  800kb on a normal day.  Drip, drip, drip on a bad day.   Speeds are vastly varying and I'm pretty sure they throw a "slow your ass down" in there for long-running tcp sessions (or if there are many tcp sessions).

I'm pretty sure I'm out of 4g range and no cable, dsl or wifi available that I can tell.

It'll get to you. Mr. Roosevelt's rural electrification project... Um, I mean the administration's drive to get broadband Internet out to underserved rural areas ... finally got broadband to me. I was on a dongle thing (AT&T) forever myself, and I was working through it. Not fun, but I waited it out. It was better than dial-up, just not a lot better!

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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2013, 01:19:11 PM »

I pay $62/month for an unlimited* verizon wireless data plan.  It's not a phone, but a 3G dongle plugged into a router that knows what wireless internet is.  (I.e., it's not a mifi, it's a wired router that runs the house.)  Speed sucks.  1mb on a really good day.  800kb on a normal day.  Drip, drip, drip on a bad day.   Speeds are vastly varying and I'm pretty sure they throw a "slow your ass down" in there for long-running tcp sessions (or if there are many tcp sessions).

I'm pretty sure I'm out of 4g range and no cable, dsl or wifi available that I can tell.
It'll get to you. Mr. Roosevelt's rural electrification project... Um, I mean the administration's drive to get broadband Internet out to underserved rural areas ... finally got broadband to me. I was on a dongle thing (AT&T) forever myself, and I was working through it. Not fun, but I waited it out. It was better than dial-up, just not a lot better!
yeah, don't get me started.  I've been paying those damn rural electrification fees all my life.  Now I'm rural and my phone/electric service sucks. 

The ironic part is that I'd have free (and good) internet if I lived in town.   (Job perk, but not for those that live a ways out.)

I've also got friends that live waaaay further out.  One that is even on my same central office... and they can get DSL.  Hell, I can see the SLIC from my house*, they just don't have a DSLAM card in it.


*This is a terrible, egregious lie for effect.  The true statement is "If I took a chainsaw and cut down 35 trees, hauled them off, brush hogged a bit, I could see the SLIC from my house."  Hyperbole: it's what I do.
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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2013, 01:20:54 PM »
I live in Munich and mine is, or will be waiting for it to be turned on, 43 a month for 100MB fibre optic, can hardly wait, heavy video user.  If I down graded to 16 it would be about half

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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2013, 01:33:03 PM »

I pay $62/month for an unlimited* verizon wireless data plan.  It's not a phone, but a 3G dongle plugged into a router that knows what wireless internet is.  (I.e., it's not a mifi, it's a wired router that runs the house.)  Speed sucks.  1mb on a really good day.  800kb on a normal day.  Drip, drip, drip on a bad day.   Speeds are vastly varying and I'm pretty sure they throw a "slow your ass down" in there for long-running tcp sessions (or if there are many tcp sessions).

I'm pretty sure I'm out of 4g range and no cable, dsl or wifi available that I can tell.
It'll get to you. Mr. Roosevelt's rural electrification project... Um, I mean the administration's drive to get broadband Internet out to underserved rural areas ... finally got broadband to me. I was on a dongle thing (AT&T) forever myself, and I was working through it. Not fun, but I waited it out. It was better than dial-up, just not a lot better!
yeah, don't get me started.  I've been paying those damn rural electrification fees all my life.  Now I'm rural and my phone/electric service sucks. 

The ironic part is that I'd have free (and good) internet if I lived in town.   (Job perk, but not for those that live a ways out.)

I've also got friends that live waaaay further out.  One that is even on my same central office... and they can get DSL.  Hell, I can see the SLIC from my house, they just don't have a DSLAM card in it.

I don't guess I know what fees there still are for rural electrification - can you explain?

Not that I'd have any cause to complain about them; we get our power from a rural electric coop and likely wouldn't be on a power grid at all if the New Deal had never happened.

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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2013, 01:46:24 PM »

I don't guess I know what fees there still are for rural electrification - can you explain?

Not that I'd have any cause to complain about them; we get our power from a rural electric coop and likely wouldn't be on a power grid at all if the New Deal had never happened.

I have both a "city/district telecom tax" and a "state telecom tax" and 2 different federal taxes on every telecom bill I've ever paid.  There's also a 911 tax, but that's not part of this...  It's my understanding (possibly incorrect) that one of the reasons for this was to provide rural service, much like the old rural electrification projects.


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« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2013, 05:57:04 PM »
We just switched from Verizon Fios (15 mpbs down / 3 mpbs up) for which we paid $54.99 per month to a local cable company (Broadstripe) for which we pay $24.99 for the same speeds. The former included modem/router rental fee, the latter does not so I paid ~$90 for my own DOCSYS 2.0 cable modem and cheap router. Everything seems to be working very well and I'm getting the advertised speeds.

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« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2013, 06:04:45 PM »

I don't guess I know what fees there still are for rural electrification - can you explain?

Not that I'd have any cause to complain about them; we get our power from a rural electric coop and likely wouldn't be on a power grid at all if the New Deal had never happened.

I have both a "city/district telecom tax" and a "state telecom tax" and 2 different federal taxes on every telecom bill I've ever paid.  There's also a 911 tax, but that's not part of this...  It's my understanding (possibly incorrect) that one of the reasons for this was to provide rural service, much like the old rural electrification projects.

Ah.. gotcha. I took you literally, that we were still paying for the electrification of the '30s. We definitely are still paying for telecom.

Which reminds me that I have to call and raise a stink about a city franchise fee on my Internet bill for a city we're not in.

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« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2013, 08:40:59 PM »
our is rcn, 46$ per month which includes basic cable (and we dont get any tv reception at all without it. antenna didnt help at all)

we do own our own modem. I have a 3 yr price fix. we were paying 20$ more/month without basic cable before. When I switched, this was the best deal I could find, basic cable or not.

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« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2013, 08:24:16 AM »
Spork--I've noticed that. The star next to unlimited really means, "We're lying to you." It is not unlimited!

DH logged into Comcast and could not locate our usage. I'll take another look. I'm hoping we can play the "long-time customer" card and get cheaper rate.

As for why Comcast forces cable on us, DH says they get paid to do that. That is why the charge you more if you do not get cable.

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« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2013, 10:09:42 AM »
Oh man, Toast is still around and doing DSL these days!? NICE! And oh hey, they're reselling Sprint 3G access, too! I haven't dealt with them in over half a decade, is their support department still top notch, Blue? If so, I may have to trot out another classic ISP name to add back into the Superguide.

Haven't had to call them in awhile, but support's always been great, even at odd hours.

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« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2013, 11:37:03 AM »
We're about to get google Fiber which will be $70/month.  Can't believe people are paying near that for regular internet.  We've got Time Warner in the mean time, 20 down, 2up for $45/month.  We work from home and find that the up speed is what we really, really need to be good.

$70/month just for internet feels expensive to me but hopefully it will make work easier and after the first year--if neither of us are still working from home--we can drop to 5mbps for free for the next six years.

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« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2013, 11:49:10 AM »
We're paying $67/month (including modem rental) for 15mbps (I think) from Comcast.  Shared with 3 roommates, and we're all total internet nerds that use the hell out of this connection, so it works for us.

Jealous of Google Fiber.  That has to be fun.

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« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2013, 11:57:47 AM »
Ketchup, why don't you buy a modem? I just started with Comcast and bought a modem for $20 off Craigslist that works perfectly fine (and just $50 brand new).

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« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2013, 12:53:58 PM »
$51 a month for Time Warner Road runner. That is without the modem rental. I just bought my own in January when they began to allow that. It will pay in the long run. And then I don't have to deal with driving 45 minutes to the nearest location if and when I move to return equipment.

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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »
I pay $0 for my internet connection. Then again, I work for a cable company.

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« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2013, 02:30:15 PM »
I dont really understand how everyone pays so much.. maybe I'm just spoiled with good rates here (suburb of Chicago).  I pay $24.99/month (~$30 after all fees) with W.O.W..  That's for 15Mbps which is fast enough for streaming video, lots of big downloads that I do, and VOIP.

Comcast had a very similar deal, actually 1 dollar less was offered by comcast (Xfinity) when we signed up with WOW, but we've had bad experiences with Comcast in the past and didn't want to go back to them.  W.O.W. even sweetened the deal for us by giving us 1 month free and no install charge.


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« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2013, 02:49:08 PM »
My brother and I share a house and he is a heavy-use Xbox gamer, along with me streaming netflix and internet use at the same time.  We were doing fine at 20mpbs (Comcast just recently upped our speed to 30mbps). 

I want to lower our speed if it's cheaper, I've done a little research on internet speed, but not sure how low we can go without compromising our usage.

Gaming uses very little bandwidth outside of downloading updates, ping time is more important. If you have the option with your router, throttle your connection speed down to 3Mbps and see how it goes, but I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine.

Thanks I.P. we will try throttling down the router and see what happens. Our ping time is 15ms.

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« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2013, 04:08:32 PM »
$18.10/month, solely because boyfriend is a crazy negotiator. Vancouver, BC.

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« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2013, 06:50:45 AM »
I think my 6mb dsl line from AT&T is only $19.99, BUT I have to have a phone line (which is like $12 maybe?) and since we have a phone line and very limited cell phone plans now, we also have long distance ($30).  So really I pay $79/month for internet/phone/long distance.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #40 on: May 14, 2013, 07:35:16 AM »
45.14$ Canadian on the bill after taxes through TekSavvy (a Rogers reseller)

25 Mbps down, 1 up, and no usage limits.


We get our home phone through the same company, it's 14$ a month (after taxes) with call display, call waiting, an answering service, etc.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2013, 01:08:21 PM »
$60/mo for Comcast Business. 12Mb/s down (burst to more like 16Mb/s).  I can get sustained 2 MB/s from Usenet (if I don't mind killing the download speed of everything else in the house).  Business service= no bandwidth cap.  I go over (sometimes well over) 250GB every month.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2013, 01:30:52 PM »
$52/mo for FIOS 15/5 Internet.

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Re: How much is your internet bill?
« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2013, 01:42:05 PM »
$22.50 for 3/1 from TWC, but I should note we only get about half our rated speed for downloads, browsing, streaming, or anything other than TWC's proprietary speed test.