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Originally posted by mover2k
I have been a customer of Pioneer Telephone in Comanche, OK for about four years. At times I have been somewhat satisfied with the DSL service, but there have been long periods where I become extremely frustrated. I can tell you that here in Comanche, OK it FEELS like a monopoly. There was a cable TV company here 5 years ago, soon after I moved here Pioneer bought the company, shut down the service, and removed all of the wiring and equipment. Pioneer is truly the only option if you want TV or internet through wiring and into your home. I have a bad view of the southern sky, so satellite is not an option(I tried Dish, and even they agreed my signal strength was ridiculously low, i would lose the signal on CLOUDY days). The only wireless option is, guess who, Pioneer.....and only if you are in an area NOT served by their DSL service. As a gamer, I have no choice but to pay the 50 bucks a month and then have months at a time go by where I cant play online because my latency is so high the xboxlive servers drop me. I've heard about the bottleneck in Texas, the IPTV issue, and other possible causes, but now, in june of 2009, I can't even get a good download from their HQ in Kingfisher. the connection constantly stops and starts. I cant even stream MUSIC, forget abot video. I did a speed test from Fort Worth and got 240K. this goes on all day, and there are about 4 hours where the connection is decent, from about 1 to 5AM. Damn me for having to get up and go to work in the mornings! They truly dont seem to care. I'm supposed to get 3mb down and 628k up. Never happens.I could ramble on and on but I'd probably start going in circles. Big Price, Bad Product, NO OTHER OPTION. Call it what you want......
Originally posted by mdiinican
Heh, a monopoly? Hardly. You can still get dial-up, you can still get cell-wireless internet, and you can still get satellite. You can't expect other internet and TV providers to come in and construct their own superior infrastructure just in the name of good competition; it isn't profitable.
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4 11 ms 10 ms 12 ms 208-117-2-5.block5.gvtc.com [220.127.116.11]
5 14 ms 15 ms 12 ms 208-117-2-18.block5.gvtc.com [18.104.22.168]
6 324 ms 333 ms 339 ms 22.214.171.124
7 391 ms 406 ms 383 ms tbr2.hs1tx.ip.att.net [126.96.36.199]
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2 192 ms 243 ms 355 ms docgw-portchan10.pldi.net [184.108.40.206]
3 88 ms 86 ms 86 ms so-10-3.hsa1.Dallas1.Level3.net [220.127.116.11]
4 81 ms 94 ms 88 ms vlan52.csw2.Dallas1.Level3.net [18.104.22.168]
5 203 ms 318 ms 234 ms ae-23-79.car3.Dallas1.Level3.net [22.214.171.124]
6 79 ms 81 ms 81 ms level3-gw.dlstx.ip.att.net [126.96.36.199]