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Windstream Deploying Faster Speeds Next Month
Though Users in Many Markets Complain of Congestion
by Karl Bode 05:26PM Wednesday Oct 24 2012 Tipped by Bodybagger See Profile
Windstream is preparing to deploy some faster speed tiers for the company's DSL users starting next month. According to this post by the company in our Windstream forum, starting November 12 the telco will be deploying VDSL2/GBOND technology across 87 exchanges allowing for a significant speed boost for existing customers. While that's only a small portion of the overall exchanges in Windstream's footprint, those users within range should be able to get three different new speed options, according to the company:

•12 Mbps Down, 2 Mbps up
•24 Mbps Down, 2 Mbps up
•24 Mbps Down, 4 Mbps up (via VDSL2/GBOND, FTTP)

While that isn't much in the face of faster DOCSIS 3.0 cable speeds or fiber, it's a significant upgrade for Windstream customers, many of whom are lucky to see downstream speeds between 3 and 6 Mbps. Our forums have also seen significant complaints from users saying there's heavy congestion across several regions of Windstream's network. Windstream says that if you're getting the upgrades, you should see a flyer.

"...Any markets that have seen or received flyers in the mail to upgrade their speeds are the areas that this will be available," says the company. "The majority of the areas where we are launching the residential service has been testing/offering Bonded and VDSL service to business customers already. As far as areas currently affected by latency issues, those area are already in the process of upgrading to Ethernet-based equipment."

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SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL

Windstream can afford upgrades, but AT&T can't?

It seems like every ISP in the country is upgrading except the one I am stuck with. Yes AT&T... I'm calling you out!
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

old technology

VDSL2 a little late there, eh? AT&T deployed their VDSL 2 back in 2009.

SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL
Reviews:
·AT&T Southeast

Re: old technology

said by brianiscool:

VDSL2 a little late there, eh? AT&T deployed their VDSL 2 back in 2009.

While they may have upgraded a portion of their network; AT&T has left large portions on ancient adsl.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

Re: old technology

Guess you will have to search for alternatives or move to a new location. One of my main reasons I moved was for cheaper broadband. I am happier than ever, but now I hardly use the internet than for work and small entertainment.

SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL
Reviews:
·AT&T Southeast

Re: old technology

said by brianiscool:

Guess you will have to search for alternatives or move to a new location. One of my main reasons I moved was for cheaper broadband. I am happier than ever, but now I hardly use the internet than for work and small entertainment.

No alternative unfortunately. I'm not moving either. So I'm stuck until Mediacom expands their plant.

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

1 recommendation

said by brianiscool:

One of my main reasons I moved was for cheaper broadband. I am happier than ever, but now I hardly use the internet than for work and small entertainment.

Ya, I'm sure my family would love to move just for faster speeds.

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH
Yep, like me, I feel like a redheaded stepchild island, as all the neighborhoods around us got it. Only because AT&T is cheeping out and doesn't want to run fiber a lil deeper since there is not SAI to tie into between our house and the RT, and this is in NE Columbus! Not a rural area. That's why WOW! & Insight have ate AT&T's lunch around here.

Vchat20
Landing is the REAL challenge
Premium
join:2003-09-16
Columbus, OH

Re: old technology

Thank god Columbus actually has multiple cable options in most areas. One of the few parts of the country that has allowed it. Now if only they could have went that way with the telco side (*coughhack* Fios would be lovely )

Personally Uverse is nothing to really write home about. The only thing that they have done right is the DVR/Whole home operation. It just works and has the fewest annoyances compared to other providers. Everything else is 'average' at best.
--
I swear, some people should have pace-makers installed to free up the resources. Breathing and heart beat taxes their whole system, all of their brain cells wasted on life support.-two bit brains, and the second bit is wasted on parity! ~head_spaz

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Re: old technology

Yea but Insight and WOW both suck. Hopefully TWC improves Insight.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL
Hahahaha! AT&T deployed my neighborhood VRAD in fall of '07, it has been rusting away unlit and unused ever since.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

Re: old technology

Why are they not using it for U-Verse?

Smith6612
Premium,MVM
join:2008-02-01
North Tonawanda, NY
kudos:24
I wonder if they forgot about it :P

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

1 recommendation

Re: old technology

get a big U-Haul truck and back into it, might help to remind them! lol
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
·Comcast
But Windstream is offering 24/4 over VDSL2, and AT&T is stuck at 24/3

Seriously though...that's a fairly significant difference on upload speeds. And you'll probably be able to get 24/4 without subscribing to TV or phone service (well, Greenstreak is still technically a phone line, but it's a bit cheaper).

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Re: old technology

could be that the copper they have is in better shape and higher gauge since it was rural, thus why they can push the extra meg.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: old technology

Nope. AT&T has 32/5 provisioned packages for their 24/3 service. AT&T is just holding back.

pizz
bye bye twc. hello Comcast.
Premium
join:2000-10-27
Astoria, NY
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable

I like

I like that windstream and others are upgrading. it may not be the fastest, but it's better speed then before. Now i understand customers are complaining about congestion / bad latency etc.. But i think things will improve, just gotta have faith right
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Fantasy football is Dungeons & Dragons for the guys who beat up kids that played D&D.
daake07

join:2011-06-28
Kearney, NE

I've been ordering this service for a while?

I didn't realize this was news, perhaps just a larger expansion. I've had the 24/2 service on a single pair VDSL for 8+ months in Sugar Land, TX. I also had 24/2 service installed in Lincoln, NE a couple of weeks ago. I can confirm that a few of my other locations had bonded ADSL2 for the 12/2 service available.

In other news, Centurylink has 60/40Mbps bonded VDSL2+ available in Phoenix.

MooJohn

join:2005-12-18
Milledgeville, GA
kudos:1

I'll believe it when I see it

I was just turned down for 12 meg after a line test showed I'd never sync over ~ 6.9 meg. I'm thrilled to have 6 now though after 10 years being stuck at 3.0
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John M - Cranky network guy

GeorgiaStixx

@flashfoods.com

Re: I'll believe it when I see it

I went from having 25/4 with Comcast and never seeing any issues at all to Greenstreak 6/512kbps. I have noticed the mentioned "congestion" especially in the late afternoon and at times I've had speedtest results of .74Mbps down and a steady uploaded of .64Mbps. The installer who came to my residence was explaining to me the problem and that they were upgrading sometime in the near future and that my area was more than likely to be bought by another telco soon.

I'm willing to ride this out if the upgrade is swift and painless. Though I would be willing to help bring some new TV White Space broadband technology to the area.

lacibaci

join:2000-04-10
Export, PA

Local offices often can't deliver

Every time I got one of those flyers and called in, they told me I could not get that tier. They said the HQ was unaware of what technology was at the local office.
civicturbo

join:2009-11-08
USA

Love my docs is 3.0

When we looked at houses in Vegas getting one in a cox cable served area was a must and easy because we don't care to live out in the sticks. I mean seriously who the f@ck wants to live in Searchlight? It has 2 real buildings and the rest are ALL trailers discusting! That's why it's called the armpit of Nevada.
I'm loving my Docsis 3.0 it's way faster than its 16/3 rating I've seen as high as 29 down and 12 up on different days and different test.

IowaMan
Premium
join:2008-08-21
Grinnell, IA
Reviews:
·Mediacom

Iowa may be first

Iowa maybe first because when the network was installed by Iowa telecom back in 2000, they put in all Ethernet-based equipment And had ADSL installed by 2007 up to 15 Meg I am hoping they can do some pair bonding as my friend has the 12 Mb but it wasn't stable so they had to scale them back to 6 And with a house full of three teenagers one college student and one adult son on Xbox 6 Mb doesn't cut it
DawsonvilleG

join:2010-08-01
Dawsonville, GA
kudos:1

Georgia?

Does anyone know if Georgia will see this upgrade? If so, where?
patricia_m
Premium
join:2011-06-14
Twinsburg, OH
kudos:5

Re: Georgia?

We apologize for not replying, we missed the post. However, at this time I do not have the specifics as to which markets will be receiving this upgrade. Please call the billing office in the middle of November they should be able to tell you if your area has VDSL2/GBOND service.
Thanks,
Patricia
Support Specialist II
--
We're here to help! wci.broadbandhelp@windstream.com
c2s

join:2008-06-13
united state

Spread the speed.

The best my area can get is 1.5/512. So those already fast get even faster when I get left even farther behind the average.