by Anura Guruge
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Click to access original from “The Fiscal Times”.
I kid you not.
At least around here, viz. Alton, Barnstead, New Durham etc. (in the Lakes Region), the old “Union Tel.” patch, TDS Telecom, at present, as I am painfully aware only offers 15Mbps download/3Mbps upload. Yes, there are towns in Southern New Hampshire that get 25 Mbps and New London (and why is it always towns with the name London) 1 Gigabit Internet.
Well as of last Thursday, January 29, 2015, unless you have 25Mbps/3Mbps you can’t claim to have Broadband Internet. The FCC, the only arbitrator of such matters in the U.S., has decreed it to be so. I didn’t know that this was coming down the pike but I am sure chuffed and relieved that I switch to the 75Mbps MetroCast Internet service 22 days earlier. WOW. And that was all because I lost bandwidth on my TDS 15Mbps connection over Christmas. If not for that I would still be with TDS. Funny how these things happen. I would have felt mortified if I, per the FCC, did not have a Broadband Internet connection. I normally feel like a 4th class citizen living in central, rural N.H. — that would have made me feel like a 5th class denizen. The Shake Shack (SHAK) IPO on January 30, 2015 really hurt badly. No, no, NOT because I couldn’t afford any shares BUT because there are no SHAKs in N.H. It is bad enough that we don’t have any Carl’s Jr. franchises. You really feel like you live in a different country. There is the real U.S., with fancy cars, cute fast food joints, females who have legs (and I promise, I am not even going to mention teeth), Xfinity, 4G coverage, natural gas etc. etc., and then there is us in central N.H.
Glad we have MetroCast though it is a shared service. So far it has been OK. I am happy. BUT, the MetroCast Internet Servers are slow. Very slow. They are too slow to handle the 75Mbps loads. So the connection might be fast, but each time you access a new Website there is a painful delay (and I use 22.214.171.124. Google DNS Lookup) before the URL gets resolved. That is the delay at the MetroCast servers. Well, I kind of knew that things wouldn’t be perfect.