Review by vonlogik
Good "It's better than dialup"
- Location: Ruskin,Hillsborough,FL
- Cost: $75 per month
Bad "It's not much better than dialup"
Overall "If you play games or work from home, keep away"
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Upon moving to Florida, I gave Brighthouse/RoadRunner a try because my new neighborhood locks homeowners into their TV service at a discounted rate. My latency was horrible and throughput was usually around half of what I was paying for. Through many tests I found 99% of traffic was routed from my local area (Tampa, FL) to Dallas, TX, before ever seeing the light of day. No wonder my experience was horrible. Their staff (even the local network "engineer" I spoke with) were not in any way knowledgeable or helpful except in making the decision to cancel.
Verizon FiOS, on the other hand, has exceeded my expectations. Traffic is intelligently routed. Throughput is 90-100% of what I'm paying for in every test. To my surprise, I'm actually saving $2/month over the *discounted* Brighthouse rate (how is this possible???). With brighthouse I had 20/2 service (paid for, not actually receiving), FiOS is 15/5. I'm just thrilled with it all.
If you want to compare services, doing online speed tests are great but not always 100% accurate. Try doing your own FTP/SCP/HTTP large file transfer tests. Also do traceroutes to the servers you frequent. You will definitely see that FiOS is superior.
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