Oak Park, IL
reply to SirDSL
Re: Good-bye Speakeasy I don't think it's primarily Covad. I did an ISP switch to Lightning Bolt DSL, still using Covad, and they're significantly cheaper ($30 a month) at twice the speed. Part of it is no extra added surcharges for reimbursement of this or that. That was $11 a month by itself.
Not that eliminating Covad might not be cheaper still. But Sonic isn't in my area, and DSL Extreme doesn't do ISP switches in my case.
In my case it was Covad's incompetence mainly, though I ran into some hiccups that Speakeasy was to blame. Over the past 3 years I've become a mini-expert in DSL, I learnt more about it than I ever wanted to know.
Ah, yes, those fees too ... I'm surprised that my cable ISP doesn't charge any extra fees, what they quoted is what I get charged, everything included, which is surprising for a cable company.
I am saying good-bye to Speakeasy for similar reasons. I can get a plain Jane phone line(no add ons like call waiting etc) and DSL from Bellsouth for about half the price I was paying for SE. Couple that with VOIP service and it comes out a lot better. I was very happy with SE for a long time except for the price, whenever I had problems (which were rare) their service people were great and very helpful. Called Bellsouth and they had the line in and DSL on in 2 days time, fast! Sorry Speakeasy, its been good but good-bye.
The aheader we go, the behinder we get.