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For The 1st Time In 3 Years Metrocast Does NOT Bump Up Its High-Speed Internet Speed; Stays At 150Mbps.

by Anura Guruge



I started using Metrocast’s high-speed Internet service in January 2015 when they started offering 75Mbps downloads. I could NOT resist. I had been using TWO (2) TDS Fiber lines to the house, each at its maximum 15Mbps speed, to get a total of 30Mbps. So, by going to Metrocast I got 2.5 x MORE. [I ended up keeping one of the TDS 15Mbps to give me redundancy (i.e., backup).]

In January 2016, WITHOUT a price increase, or even notifying me, they bumped up the speed to 105/110Mbps. I ecstatic. Wow. From 30Mbps –> 110Mbps in 12 months.

Then in January 2017, I saw 160Mbps. Again WITHOUT a price hike. Just Metrocast increasing speeds to keep up with TDS competition.

Over the Summer the 160Mbps dropped to 150Mbps and it has stayed FIRM since then. I can’t complain. I wasn’t paying for 160Mbps.

So, given this track record I expected a further bump NOW — January 2018.

NOPE. Nada. Nothing.

Solid at 150Mbps.

I am a bit disappointed. But, I have been planning to upgrade to TDS’ 1 Gigabit service — albeit keeping Metrocast, at a lower speed, for redundancy.


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by Anura Guruge

MetroCast 75Mbps Internet Service In Alton Had Issues Last Night/This Morning.

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Just a heads up.

Most of you were probably asleep. We are taking around mid-night and continuing past 1:20 am.

The service was up BUT it was slow, intermittent and had TCP/IP issues. Most of the time you could not complete a speedtest! The speedtest would time out. Never seen that before.

But all seems well now. So just documenting this. OK?


~11:35 am Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Alton, NH.

Click to ENLARGE and study here.

First image from gstnetworks.net my preferred, quick-and-easy, speedtest.

Second is from the more elaborate speedtest.net.
I use the Comcast node in Boston
as opposed to the default node in Portland, ME.
Comcast has more bandwidth!

BOTH, however, use OOKLA technology.

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Parts Of MetroCast Being Sold Off — BUT Not New Hampshire As Yet.

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I happened, quite by chance, to come across a slew of stories about the MetroCast sell-off, similar to that above, when I did a search on Google News for a Metrocast outage last night.

I was kind of taken aback. Though I do follow the financial markets quite extensively I had NOT heard of this deal. I quickly worked out that this deal was just for the Connecticut area. So I called up MetroCast to find out what the deal is.

MetroCast New Hampshire has NOT BEEN sold as yet! But this is not good news. The more bits of MetroCast that get sold off, MetroCast as a cable provider loses clout … because they are not as big. I don’t use MetroCast cable or a bundle. I am not totally stupid, just partially. I just use MetroCast for their quite impressive 75Mbps Internet service. I get DISH (through TDS) at more than 1/2 the price than what it would cost me with MetroCast.

Anywho … Just a heads up. I will now track this.


TDS Telecom’s 1 Gigabit Internet To Alton, N.H. Delayed Until ‘Spring’ 2016.

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delayed221Having been with TDS for nearly 6 years (starting off with Union Tel. which was acquired by TDS) I think I know TDS better than most that work for TDS.

So when I was told (maybe even ‘promised’) 1 Gigabit Internet in Alton, New Hampshire by October 2015 — with the possibility of being able to beta test it in august 2015 — I took it with a LARGE grain of salt. I just knew it was too good to be true. Lets face it. TDS had been promising me 25Mbps Internet for years and that never came.

That is why, after some intense agonizing, I went with MetroCast’s 75Mbps in January of this year. Other than the 2 weeks of HELL I went through in late February when the service was either down or slow, they have, to my immense surprise and delight, managed to maintain a very stable service with NO bandwidth degradation. Yes, it is true that I use my own ARRIS/Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 to get maximum channel bonding. That said, I have not seen any significant bandwidth drop even on a Saturday night. So I am happy with the MetroCast 75Mbps. Credit where credit is due.

That said I decided to get a 15Mbps Fiber connection from TDS in ADDITION to my 75Mbps from MetroCast! 

More on that on a different post SOON.

But while ordering the 15Mbps AND DISH (via TDS because I will get a $100 bill credit next month for doing that) I got the scoop on the 1 Gigabit.

It has been delayed. No surprise. I knew that was inevitable. There are now talking ‘Spring’ 2016 BUT somebody else, in the field, said ‘this time next year’ — meaning June.

Appears that there is some politics at play to do with Towns and the monopoly agreement that carriers sign with them.

Seems Chichester, N.H., now has 1 Gigabit as does New London.

I also got a PRICE. It will be around $123/month BEFORE taxes.

I will keep you posted.