Comcast has been rolling out 3 mbps cable internet, first with their “Pro” plan, ~$99/mo, and then in beta testing with regular users in many cities. They’ve now announced that it’s coming to Atlanta in December or so as a free upgrade to their regular $42/mo. service. While people I know are very satisfied with their Comcast service, I’m hesitant for a few reasons. First, I’m real happy with my local DSL ISP. I have a non-PPPoE connection, I’ve never been disconnected, I have a static IP address and they let me run servers. I’m running a mail server for one of my domains, basically because I wanted to learn how to configure Sendmail. The other thing, my cable tv is usually out for a few hours every couple of weeks.
Although my DSL ISP sells their own configuration, they resell Bellsouth DSL because Bellsouth owns the phone lines. Now, it looks like Bellsouth may be doing a little upgrading of their own.
It looks like Bellsouth will soon be raising the caps on their DSL service to 3 mpbs. This is, of course, just another rumor. But I’m inclined to take this one with more than a grain of salt. For one, the story is also appearing in the AJC , although their timetable has it happening within the next twelve months. For another, the rumor at Broadbandreports.com was placed by an anonymous poster. “Heh heh, yeah, right” you say. But if one follows the Bellsouth telco forum at BBR for any length of time, one would know that Bellsouth employees in general, love the company and try to promote it whenever they can. They were barred from posting there many months ago by management, so now they drop in from time to time with anonymous reports, usually favorable to Bellsouth. And usually right on target, once you filter out the propaganda. This particular “leak” falls right on the heels of a discussion about 3 mbps service from Comcast now coming to Atlanta. I’m tending to think it’s true, and that it will be offered at no increase in price. The no price increase is definately not something one would ever expect from Bellsouth, the “monopoly of the South”. The only thing is, when it comes to broadband, they’re not a monopoly any more. Cable internet has been stealing Bellsouth customers left and right.
So, given that I believe this rumor, I’m going to take a further leap and guess that people like me who use ISPs who resell Bellsouth DSL will also get the increased speed, and that we’ll get it at no price increase.