reply to acidflame
Re: [speed/latency] Speeds, A sad and true story DSL speed is determined by circuit length, the longer the phone line the slower the speed.
Cable has other trade offs. All customers within a given node share available capacity, Increasing capacity is a matter of adding more nodes to reduce the number of customers per node.
Right now FairPoint is struggling to meet the conditions of the Verizon sale to increase DSL coverage. As such they are focused on rolling out DSL to unserved areas, not increasing speed.
We are on the 3mbps/768 plan. Wish we qualified for faster service as 7mbps/768 is only $4 a month more. Having said that have not had a problem with downloading software and Netflix streaming is fine.
Have you verified you are actually getting the speed you are paying for?
If you are on the 4 mbps plan means you are close to the FairPoint Central Office. Is your town serviced by Cable TV? If so is that an option? What about local Wireless ISP?