This is getting out of hand I'm sure a number of you remember the issues I've gone through with my connection and Cincinnati Bell (look at the Zoomtown upgrade topic if you don't).
Well, it's been a few months since the connection increase and my speed has been getting progressively worse over this time. It's like they could care less about the maintaining of their equipment on their end, or the line quality has gone to hell and back. It was bad enough I couldn't even pull 1.5Mbps download speeds after the "upgrade", but now I'm pulling speeds nearing the old speed (ie. less than 800kbps). Speed tests reveal speeds less than 100k/sec, actual download speeds are in the low 100's or less. This is absolutely pathetic.
I know if I call tech support up and bitch them out about this that the problem's not going to really get solved. They may do something on their end, but then it's just going to get worse again. I really hope they haven't resorted to secretly throttling download speeds.
As much as I dislike cable I really wouldn't mind switching over to it at this point in time. At least I'd get decent download speeds (with the business package from Road Runner at my work I've seen download speeds of over 300k/sec.. average is around 250k/sec). However, my dad detests the cable company for some reason and will not ever get it again (we had cable TV a long time ago).
I'm really getting tired of this
cable isn't bad at all, in cincinnati there r 3 diff cable services that offer 3mbits download for $45 a month normal price. theres adelphia, roadrunner, and theres earthlink. i think u should try to convince your dad to switch somehow, couse cable has a much faster download speed than what u have now my friend gets 2.9 mbits download speed with roadrunner while i am getting about 2.6 with zoomtown. cable has serious advantages over dsl, with cable u can live over 30 or 50 miles away from your co and still get near capped speeds. but with dsl if u live more than 13 or 15k feet from the co or have crappy lines your speeds maybe much slower than the caps.
Speeds are almost back to normal now. Fuse speed test is back over a megabit (even if just barely) and the Zoomtown speed test with the zip file is hovering around 130k/sec (as opposed to 90 or less). Haven't tried any real outside downloads yet.
Earlier today I saw a CBT guy down at the junction box at the end of the block. He might have been doing some maintenance, I'm not completely sure. Anyway, I'm a bit happier now and I hope it stays like this instead of going downhill again.