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Burlington Telecom Offers 1 Gbps for $150
And Symmetrical 40 Mbps Starting December 1
by Karl Bode 08:28AM Tuesday Nov 06 2012
Municipal broadband provider Burlington Telecom is turning up the speeds significantly for users in select regions of Vermont. According to local ads being run by the company, they're launching two new fast service tiers to their lineup starting December 1. At that date, users can order symmetrical 40 Mbps service for $100 a month, or symmetrical 1 Gbps service for $150 a month -- if they sign a one-year contract. If users want to avoid signing a contract, the price for the 1 Gbps service goes up to $200 a month. The offering is several universes beyond anything regional incumbent Fairpoint Communication offers, and while those speeds are fantastic, those price points likely won't appeal to many users who don't feel they need those kinds of speeds.

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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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fee range..

$100 for 40 megabits, $150 - $200 for 1 gigabit?

that's quite a fee & speed range.. maybe inspired by this clip?

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=85PcMJ9D8X0

Cabal
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join:2007-01-21

Not bad

What can I get for the $47 my ISP is currently charging me? Seems many of the home-grown fiber operations neglect the price point that most people want to pay.
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Kommie
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united state
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Socialism Works

Another example of Socialism working. Infrastructure should be handled by the Government, bandwidth is infrastructure now.
Beans

join:2005-07-16
united state

Re: Socialism Works

If we did that nothing would get upgraded... Oh wait.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
It could also be an example of poor/failed regulations. The government doesn't own utility companies. Most of the time, most of us don't complain about our service levels or costs.

Kommie
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united state
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Re: Socialism Works

said by rradina:

It could also be an example of poor/failed regulations. The government doesn't own utility companies. Most of the time, most of us don't complain about our service levels or costs.

Look up the TVA. »www.tva.gov/

Some of the cheapert electrical rates in the nation thanks to FDR.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Socialism Works

»action.sierraclub.org/site/PageN···ort.html

Nothing to see here, move along.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Looks Like No Cap?

This isn't a GREAT deal but if there's no CAP, it's not a BAD deal. My cable bill for phone, HSI and video is over $180/month. Except for basic phone*, I could dump cable and be satisfied with 40Mbps + NetFlix. However, 1Gpbs + NetFlix would also be a possibility and it would really be interesting to have that kind of Internet bandwidth. It would definitely force me to strongly consider 802.11ac APs on every floor and perhaps hard wiring more devices.

* - I know there are VOIP options and maybe they have improved but I was Vonage subscriber for a number of years (maybe 5 or 6 -- I forget how long). It was very good but cable phone service is more stable. I wouldn't say "frequently" but probably more than a few times a year I had to reboot my cable modem, reboot my router and reboot my Vonage device to restore service. It's not that big of a deal but when it happened, hours would pass with no phone calls because something was on the blink with my service. Rebooting things generally solved it. Maybe it wasn't Vonage's fault. It could have been my cable modem, my router or my switch but as long as cable's signal is available and the house has power, I've never had to bother with the cable phone device. It just works and it's one less thing the family complains to me about "fixing"!

jfleni

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Re: Looks Like No Cap?

You would not have had to reboot anything if you had had Telephone over IP (Internet)! 40MB would support a hundred different phone numbers at least.

IP phones ($40 and up), just plug in to your router or switch and then are just part of your Internet network, extended to anywhere you choose. Crappy VOIP analog modems are just never needed.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Looks Like No Cap?

Tell me more. Is this just where the telephone itself converts an analog voice signal to digital, using some standard codec, and then divides it into IP packets? What's the difference between that and a VOIP modem?

I have no problem with the cable companies VOIP modem. It's been flawless for nearly four years. I believe it's made by Arris.
aikenn

join:2002-10-25
Olathe, KS

Small Co/Goverment is the way...

Bandwidth growth and fiber deployment is not going to happen at the hands of the monopoly telcos. There is no incentive for them to make the investment. Small companies and government funded/aided projects are the ones who are deploying fiber. In my neighborhood, the incumbent carriers are AT&T and Comcast. We all know what's available there (no Uverse here though). Surewest came through and laid fiber, now we get a max 50/50 symmetrical service for ~$100/month. Surewest is no large company by any means and the internet service is great.

Google Fiber obviously isn't a small company but that project was partially government subsidized with the ability to use local government facilities to house hardware and power the network.

The days of massive telcos are coming to and end in some areas and I feel that these smaller company and government funded projects are really what is going to drive bandwidth growth. The people are hungry for faster internet, and Google just proved that with the pre-registration numbers in their project.

mmay149q
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Looks Like

Someone needs to sue them for false advertisement, the advertisement says "Speeds up to 1GB!" when it should say "Speeds up to 1Gbps!" and the 40Mbps plan says speeds up to "40MB" what happens when consumers buy the 40Mbps, only get 4MB download and then call in wanting credits because they're only getting 4MB instead of 40MB? Seriously slap on the wrist and huge fine time.....

Matt
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JTR

join:2012-05-19
Carbondale, IL
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Re: Looks Like

said by mmay149q:

Someone needs to sue them for false advertisement, the advertisement says "Speeds up to 1GB!" when it should say "Speeds up to 1Gbps!" and the 40Mbps plan says speeds up to "40MB" what happens when consumers buy the 40Mbps, only get 4MB download and then call in wanting credits because they're only getting 4MB instead of 40MB? Seriously slap on the wrist and huge fine time.....

Matt

It's, uh, totally accurate! We really meant that you can download 1GB, we never said anything about how long that 1GB will take to download!

The sad thing is, they could probably escape a lawsuit with that line.

mmay149q
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Dallas, TX
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Re: Looks Like

said by JTR:

said by mmay149q:

Someone needs to sue them for false advertisement, the advertisement says "Speeds up to 1GB!" when it should say "Speeds up to 1Gbps!" and the 40Mbps plan says speeds up to "40MB" what happens when consumers buy the 40Mbps, only get 4MB download and then call in wanting credits because they're only getting 4MB instead of 40MB? Seriously slap on the wrist and huge fine time.....

Matt

It's, uh, totally accurate! We really meant that you can download 1GB, we never said anything about how long that 1GB will take to download!

The sad thing is, they could probably escape a lawsuit with that line.

Well they may have that clause in their ToS that say "Only arbitration no lawsuits" or whatever like all the other ISP's. I just hope that someone who get's this, and realizes they CAN'T get 40MB download/upload and is technical enough will file a lawsuit to have them fix it, that whole poster they did made my head spin.....

Matt
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kevinds
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Calgary, AB
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Kansas?

Makes me think about the speeds and pricing of the Google project, and how it has been said that Kansas city is starting to get a lot more interest from businesses.

If it is 40 mbps and 1 gbps, that is a substantial jump in price between the two plans. 25x faster for 50% more.
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