What's the least awful ISP in Chicago?
June 24, 2014 7:03 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to set up internet service at my apartment. AT&T's downstream is abysmally bad for what they charge – 3 mbps for a lousy $30 per month. Comcast is better, but possibly more evil, and there are a lot of confusing legal riders in the contract that make me scared. Help!
posted by deathpanels to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Comcast contract says something about "the first 12 months" which I take to mean they offer you a cheap introductory rate and then hope that you forget to renegotiate. AT&Ts seems more straight-forward, but too expensive for poor service.
Practically speaking, I just want to match my friend's connection. She gets around 4.5 mbps. I'd like to match that speed or get slightly better. I work from home often and watch a fair amount of Netflix. I am moderately satisfied with the video quality from Netflix at 4.5 so that's probably what I'm aiming for, unless going slightly below that won't significantly impact my Netflix-watching ability. Netflix's site claims that HD streams at around 5 mbps.
There are no other ISPs in my area. I'm not happy about the idea of signing a contract with either of these companies, but it looks like I have no choice. If you had to sign a contract with one of two horrible ISPs, which would it be, and why?
Also note: the building is outside the coverage range of RCN (the only other provider in our area) so that's not an option.