Bob Kline bob.kline at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 16:49:46 EDT 2012

Good points.  I think Verizon has
essentially stopped expanding FiOS,
for reasons unclear.

It would be interesting what the more
technical people here have to say
about those they have experience with.

I've found Comcast adequately reliable
for the last couple of years.  Value?
Hard to say.  I don't have any viable

   -- Bob

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 4:29 PM, Michael Mol <mikemol at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM, Bob Kline <bob.kline at gmail.com> wrote:
> > http://omnibus.bobanna.com/isp_ratings/
> >
> > Ratings of home ISP's.
> >
> > It's hard to say whether CR's criteria have
> > changed a lot in four years, leading it to say
> > that no ISP now offers much value, or
> > whether the ISPs have in some what brought
> > this on themselves.
> >
> > Of more importance are the relative ratings,
> > which having changed much.  WOW and FiOS
> > rock, and the rest are mostly all that is available
> > in a given area.
> I've got a Consumer Reports subscription (I only do the web interface,
> not the paper one). Here's the CYA caveat info from the relevant page:
> "These Ratings are based on 42,939 respondents to the Consumer Reports
> Annual Telecom Survey, online in spring 2008, who received
> Internet/online access from a local provider, regardless if the
> service was part of a bundled package or not."
> I don't know why there are differences in the pictures of the 2010 and
> 2012 graphs...but I haven't seen a physical copy of that page, either.
> There is one trend worth observing: ISPs based on technology requiring
> newer infrastructure (i.e. FiOS) rate higher. One thing not reflected
> in the CR data is availability; FiOS is exceedingly uncommon, and is
> not expanding rapidly, contrary to what the CR buying guide currently
> (I checked) states.
> --
> :wq
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