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How much would you spend for home broadband?


What’s the most you’ve ever paid for your small-office/home-office (SOHO) Internet broadband? For me, it was $350 a month, but that was in the late 80s and I had a fractional T1 using frame-relay direct to my house. In those days, it was worth it. In 2010, I have a 25 megabits per second (Mbps) Charter Internet connection that’s running me $55 a month. It’s not fast enough, but it’s as fast as I can get in Asheville, NC. If I lived somewhere else though I could get Verizon’s new 150/35 Internet service… for $194.99

Hmmm… given a choice, I’d probably pay that. But, then, I watch Internet video all the time, and I also have two dozen computers on my “home” network. What about you? Would 150Mbps be overkill? Is not quite $200 a month be too expensive?

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0, will bring160 Mbps down and 120 Mbps up to ordinary cable users who don’t have fibre to their doorstep. In theory, DOCSIS 3.0 will be available to 99% of cable users by 2013.

Eh… I’m not so sure that’s going to happen that fast.

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