Fast and Always On
Tim Bray: Fast and Always On
I'm a Comcast broadband subscriber. Their service has been far less bumpy than the Time Warner RoadRunner service I used when we lived in Austin. I agree with Tim -- just give me a fat pipe that's always on. I don't need any frills. In fact, Comcast offers several features with their broadband service:
- My Web Page
- My File Locker
- 7 e-mail addresses
Now of these services, I use none. I don't use 1 byte of the 25 megabytes they offer for the web page/file locker services. There's not one e-mail in my Comcast Mail inbox (unless some spam has found it's way in there).
To Comcast's credit, they are upping the upstream rate from a measly 128 Kb/sec to 256 Kb/sec. Still pretty low compared to other services. Oh and they're increasing their rates (by 4 or 5 bucks) which will kick in 12 months from now.
What I'd love is the option to give up these enhanced services in exchange for an even better upstream or downstream transfer. Even a few dollars off my bill would be of more benefit to me.