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Sonic.net Online Backups, ADSL2+ Expansion
ADSL2+ service now available in six markets...
by Karl Bode 09:54AM Wednesday Nov 26 2008
Sonic.net CEO Dan Jasper stops by our forums to note that the California ISP is tinkering with a new online backup service that delivers fifty gigs of storage for $4.95 a month (or 500MB for free). In a blog post, Jasper indicates that it's a soft launch as they work out the kinks. As for the company's new faster ADSL2+ network, Jasper notes that it's now available in six California cities. The service comes in 6Mbps ($45), 8Mbps ($65) and 18Mbps ($80) flavors, all of which come with 1Mbps upstream. It's not FTTH or DOCSIS 3.0, but it's not capped, either. Jasper built Sonic.net up from a startup on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus to a CLEC with 70 employees and $17 million in annual revenues; simply surviving as a CLEC in this market is a fairly impressive feat.

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kapil
The Kapil

join:2000-04-26
Chicago, IL

1 recommendation

We Need More Companies Like This

What an exemplary model of a small business - succeeding against all odds in the shadow of AT&T and its very anti-competitive business practices.

We need more companies like this. We need more business leaders like DJ. And we sure could use some more independent ISPs so consumers have a choice other than the ILEC/Cable monopolies.
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dynodb
Premium,VIP
join:2004-04-21
Minneapolis, MN

But but but...

Where's the whining and sniping about how it's not FTTH? You know, the standard BBR response to anything that relies on *gasp* copper. All this time I was led to believe that anything that isn't FTTH is completely useless and kills puppies.

tubbynet
reminds me of the danse russe
Premium,MVM
join:2008-01-16
Chandler, AZ
kudos:1

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Re: But but but...

but when anything triumphs over a big corporation while still using copper [it] only kills the *ugly* puppies that no one wants...

edit: [it]
Expand your moderator at work
simpy34
Simpy34

join:2003-08-04
Travis Afb, CA

Awesome Company

If anyone is reading this that needs internet service, go with this company if are in their area. Their customer service is outstanding and I hate that I am not their customer anymore due to other reasons. Highly recommended and I do wish corporations would follow their level of service and commitment. Go Sonic!!

(No, I do not work for them)

caesarv

join:1999-08-02
Santa Rosa, CA

Re: Awesome Company

Ditto!
....and no I don't work for them...but I do wear their T-Shirts

Picky Customer

@sonic.net
I've been with Sonic for seven years +, having found refuge from the wreckage of Sirius Connections. Sirius was another good local outfit, but they were run into the ground after being bought out.

My only complaint about Sonic are the hoops one has to jump through post-contract -- one has to be vigilant about actively negotiating a new one, or they'll drop you into the higher month-to-month rates.

To be fair, it's something other service companies also do, but one would think a company that is top notch in all other respects would make it easier for loyal customers to remain loyal, and give a heads up.

However, they don't give notification, and the sales staff isn't consistent or up to date on the post-contract options when you do call to renegotiate, but in the end, they do make everything right.

But I have a friend who is a former-Sonic customer because he's more price sensitive and doesn't value the overall package as much as I do.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Misleading Press

But Comcast has faced criticism from broadband analysts who say its network is overloaded and slows down during peak hours. Because AT&T and Sonic.net use copper wires -- not coaxial cable -- they don't experience the same type of congestion.

that quote from »www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20···10190340 is misleading. ALL Internet faces congestion just not cable.

But what to except from a DSL issued news story. DSL Providers only tell half the truth which is generally a lie to begin with.
dynodb
Premium,VIP
join:2004-04-21
Minneapolis, MN

Re: Misleading Press

said by hottboiinnc:

But Comcast has faced criticism from broadband analysts who say its network is overloaded and slows down during peak hours. Because AT&T and Sonic.net use copper wires -- not coaxial cable -- they don't experience the same type of congestion.

that quote from »www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20···10190340 is misleading. ALL Internet faces congestion just not cable.

But what to except from a DSL issued news story. DSL Providers only tell half the truth which is generally a lie to begin with.
Congestion has absolutely nothing to do with the medium delivering a broadband connection.

That said, the congestion does tend to occur in different places (namely upstream vs downstream of the node) with DSL or cable, and thus one may have an easier and/or more cost effective resolution than the other.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Misleading Press

i know how it works.

The article basically states that DSL from Sonic.net & ATT do not experience the same speed issues as Comcast because Comcast uses coaxial and Sonic.net and ATT use copper.

Well actually if they knew anything both experience speed issues is what i meant. Thus you should have realized that.
tcstone

join:2002-03-12
united kingd

name

I believe his name is DANE Jasper. Not Dan.