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Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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This seems like a shady business practice by verizon, charging me more for DSL (2 MBPS) than it charges other customers for FIOS (200 MBPS).  What incentive does Verizon have to EVER bring me FIOS when it can charge me more for lower speeds?  If I had ANY other choice I'd switch companies.  But there are LITERALLY zero choices for me.  So Verizon continues to get more for less.  

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Re: Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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Although it is crazy, you must remember that companies will bleed you dry until there is competition. In your situation verizon will eventually discontinue copper and dsl will be no more. The good news is that will be replaced by fiber (Fios)

 

you could check out satellite internet services that are 10-20 times faster than dsl and are available to everyone. Viastat and others charge one rate now with no overage fees. Just google satellite internet and look for the plan that best serves you.

 

 

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Re: Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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Unfortunately, I live off the road too far for verizon to ever consider bringing Fios into my area.  I contacted Xfinity about switching, and they want to charge $8,000(!!) to bring service to my house.  I feel so stuck between a rock and a hard place.  And Sattelite internet does not meet my needs remotely.  They have extremely low data caps, I might as well just switch to Sprint and get their Unlimited* plan and use hotspot.  But even then it's not nearly enough data.  And who knows what their speeds are.  

So I'm stuck paying $50/month for 2 mbps.  If I ever get the chance to move, I'm definitely moving somewhere that Comcast nor Verizon are the choice for high speed internet. 

*Not actually unlimited.  But then again neither is Verizon's.  And theirs is less limited.

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The new satellite services have done away with data caps. However for remote access I just cannot say. I don’t believe DSL is a service that allows it.

 

yeah move to a place that has truly high speed and hopefully you will like the change.

 

best of luck 

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Re: Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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Satellite still has video throttling, AUPs and 600+ms latency. That can be worse than DSL especially if the OP relies on real time applications. Plus, the speeds satellite providers say they offer aren't always what comes through either. You might see 25Mbps on a speed test... but when you go to run a test that can combat compression, caching, and proxies, you get more like 4Mbps. Maybe Starlink and other LEO satellite connections will be more promising, but for more, DSL may still be the better choice. OP may need to ask Verizon about whether their circuit can actually do more than 2Mbps. OP may be on an old plan, but hopefully OP isn't on a long line OR really old DSL equipment which is capped at 3Mbps.

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Re: Why am I paying more for DSL than other people pay for FIOS?

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The option of satellite internet is much better for day to day usage. Viastat and another service I seen on tv has been offering a reasonable price with much higher speeds than any DSL connection.

 

as you aware Verizon by phasing out old copper lines which DSL runs on is actually pushing the customers off their service. In areas where this copper retirement is taking place some are being switched to higher speed fiber optic which makes the loss bareable .

 

 

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