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TDS Telecom 1 Gig Internet ‘TDS TV’ Coming In 2016 To Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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Our local rag claims that TDS told the august Alton Selectmen, at their year end meeting, that ‘TDS TV’ (with optional 1 Gig Internet access) will be available in large swatches of Alton in 2016. It was then commented that TDS, with their TV option (and remember that you have, for the last few years, been able to get DISH (at a small discount) via TDS), will be competing with MetroCast. Competition is always good. That makes me happy.

TDS has been promising me 1 Gig Internet for over a year. First they told me that I will have it in October 2015. Then it was pushed to Spring of 2016. And that is basically what they are claiming now.

If you check out the Alton map above you will see that it is ALREADY lying! The areas marked in yellow as ‘2015’ with the BIG ‘A’ & ‘B’ pins on them. Click the pins. It will say ‘January 2016’. Well in my book ‘January 2016’ is NOT 2015 — but then again TDS has never believed in adhering to the facts or the rules of physics.

I have been a TDS customer for over 7 years — originally starting with Union Tel. I am not very happy with them. I have had TONS of problems with the 15Mpbs Internet connection I get from them. Luckily it is no longer my PRIMARY means of Internet. I get the 75Mbps service from MetroCast — and that, 99% of the time, has been rock solid.

This ‘TDS TV’ will force MetroCast to offer at least 100Mbps in this area. I will sign-up for that BEFORE I put anymore eggs in the TDS basket.

Yes, I desperately want 1 Gig, but I am not going to pay $300/month for it to find that it is flaky.

So be careful. TDS over the last 18 months have been LURCHING from one technical disaster to the next.

So, HEADS UP.

I will keep you posted about both MetroCast and TDS offerings.

Happy New Year.


Related posts:
>> TDS 1 Gig delayed.
>> TDS claiming Gigabit by Oct. 2015.

>> MetroCast maintains 75Mbps.
>> 75Mbps Internet From Metrocast
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by Anura Guruge


Google To Provide Internet Access In Remote Southern Hemisphere Locations, e.g., N.Z., Using Balloons! NOT An April Fool’s Joke. It Is June.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I had to do a doubletake to make sure that this was indeed June and that this was not another elaborate April Fool’s Joke.

It is NOT. It is legit. Technology makes sense and is credible.

Another link.

Good for Google. If ONLY they would provide ME with highspeed Internet access in rural NH.

U.S. Cellular 4G LTE Data: Contrary To Map No Service At Our House. Am I Livid?

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> TDS Outage In Alton, NH: February 26, 2013 — Feb. 26, 2013.
>> TDS Internet (Broadband Fiber) Outage In Alton, NH
>> (Or At Least At Our House) Last ‘Night’/This Morning — Jan. 17, 2013.
>> TDS Broadband (Fiber): Long Outage Last Night … — Oct. 17, 2012.


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So this is the map.

To be fair the U.S. Cellular sale rep. did stress that we were on the edge.

Well, the map is WRONG.

Definitely no 4G at this house.

This is a tall house, all 4 stories and my ‘office’ is in the finished attic.

To start with I couldn’t even get 3G! I had to put it up on a bookshelf, 5′ off the floor. Then I got 3G.

Speed test shows 0.2 Mbps download and 0.1 Mbps. So that is 200 Kbps! Dial-up speeds from the 1990s.

Yes, it load Web pages. But, we can’t survive with that.

Did the same speedtest with out TDS fiber. 15 Mbps. 75x times faster.

I called U.S. Cellular and had also e-mailed the sales rep. last night. Telling me I have 15 days to return — no questions asked. Going to do that.

U.S. Cellular, of late (last 2 years), treats me with kid gloves.

I have been with them for over 14 years. Close to 15. I am not on contract. So, I can switch my cell phones whenever I want.

So they try and be nice to me — though, in general, U.S. Cellular is nice, helpful and good.

TDS Internet (Broadband Fiber) Outage In Alton, NH: Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> TDS Internet (Broadband Fiber) Outage In Alton, NH
>> (Or At Least At Our House) Last ‘Night’/This Morning — Jan. 17, 2013.
>> TDS Broadband (Fiber): Long Outage Last Night … — Oct. 17, 2012.


The wife and kids woke me up this morning, at 8 am, with the news: ‘we have no Internet‘!

That to me is always a painful punch in the stomach.

Ruins my day. But, I tried to stay as unagitated as possible. It has been 3 bad days in a row for me — and I am crazy busy with all that is going on at the Vatican. On Sunday night I published my 3rd Kindle eBook related to Pope Benedict XVI’s (#266) resignation and the upcoming sede vacante and conclave. My two pope blogs have had over 150,000 hits in the last two weeks. One of them, Papam, to do with pope elections, has had 3,000 more hits so far in 2013 than it did in all of 2011 — and this is a fairly well visited blog. On Sunday, I lost my 25″ main monitor. On Monday, yesterday, I lost power. Today, I lost Internet. I appear to be fated.

Luckily we were going to Laconia for a 10 am appointment. So, I wasn’t going to use my computer.

This was the first TDS outage, as far as I know, since January 17, 2013. So, that was 40 days ago. Not great, but not too bad either.

But, I couldn’t take it anymore. Today was the last straw. We need Internet access. That is why I have two separate Fiber lines coming into the house and pay TDS big bucks for the privilege.

So, after the appointment we drove to U.S. Cellular in Tilton. Yes, we drove past the U.S. Cellular ‘outlet’ at the Belmont Mall. They are a ‘franchise’ (or similar) — while the Tilton ‘office’ is U.S. Cellular owned. I have been going to them for years — after they moved out of the little, but great, ‘kiosk’ they used to have at the Gilford Walmart. ‘My man’, Jason, is no longer there. He was GREAT. He is now the Tech. Lead for them in Concord. But, we got to see one of his friends, ‘Deb’. She is good too. Very understanding and caring. [U.S. Cellular is owned by TDS!]

What we needed was a mobile hotspot — and that is what we got. Got the cheapest plan. This is purely for backup. We are supposed to have 30 Mbps capacity coming into the house — and I check, with speedtest.net, on a regular basis, that at least my dedicated line gibes me at least 14.5 Mbps.

Haven’t used it yet. The capacity drop 100 fold when roaming. But, we don’t roam that often. I will let you know. Because we are on a hill we are supposed to get 4G. It is on their map. Our house is right on the edge of this small 4G cloud centered around Prospect Mountain.

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TDS Internet (Broadband Fiber) Outage In Alton, NH (Or At Least At Our House) Last ‘Night’/This Morning.

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by
Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> TDS Broadband (Fiber): Long Outage Last Night … — Oct. 17, 2012.


To be fair this was the 1st outage I had experienced since the ‘post-Sandy’ 22-hour downtime on October 31, 2012. So that is 78 days without us experiencing an outage.

So that is GOOD. Thank YOU, TDS. Kudos. Much appreciated.

I had been waiting for one! I knew that they would be doing some maintenance and upgrades — as they must. So, every ‘night’, especially since the New Year, I have been waiting … Yes, I am paranoid when it comes to losing my Internet. Well, I have to have some foibles. So much so that I have changed my work habits.

Since I have so much to do, I have changed my hours. I now work till close to 1 a.m., BUT I stop working [read ‘writing’] on my books [yes, that is plural] by 11:55 pm. I like to backup the Word files online. Yes, I have a built-in backup disk on this PC, 2 USB-connected backups and a USB stick. But, I never feel at ease unless I have an online backup. Yes, another foible. No Internet, no backup. So, I get my backup done by midnight — because that is when TDS usually decides that it is ‘O.K.’ to do disruptive maintenance. Once my files are online, I work on the blogs or do research. That way, if and when I lose the Internet I don’t lose too much work.

That was exactly what happened yesterday. I had saved my Word file. Started doing a new post here. I was also doing some research on MEMP. BANG! Everything stopped. Looked down. Yep, the DREADED yellow triangle. It was 12:20 am. That was O.K. I hadn’t lost much. Plus, it was good to get to bed before 1:10 am, for a change.

So, no gripes. I just WISH TDS would consider sending us an e-mail alert. That really would help me out.