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July 1st, 2001

Time for a New ISP

I’ve never kept an ISP for more than a year. Why? Probably because by the time a year is up, I’m so annoyed by their service that there’s no way I’m willing to shell out another year’s worth of money up front for subpar service.

I was pleased with my current provider until they sold out to Prodigy. Now, the connections are pretty intermittent and tonight I was battling with busy signals (for the first time in the last year). This is why this particular Ping is so late, incidentally — I tried to connect for seven hours with no luck. Fortunately, July marks one year with this service, so it’s time for me to move on again.

This time around, I only want to pay month-to-month, since high-speed access might be in the cards within the next year. I also would love to cut back the price a bit, even if it means not getting “unlimited hours” (I’d be happy with 100 hours a month).

Any thoughts? -ram

Posted in Technology

FROM: Tony
DATE: Sunday July 1, 2001 -- 3:14:31PM
Go ahead, it sounds like a very soild Idea, from experience once broadband hits, people you never thought knew what broadband was....will jump on the bandwagon. It will change your perspective on the internet.....for example, I am not happy with any download under 20K to 30K a sec. While my modem did, say 5.1K at max.

FROM: Adam
DATE: Wednesday July 4, 2001 -- 9:56:35PM
I've been using Covad DSL for almost a year now and I'm very happy with it. Net access has went down less than 5 times in the last year and each time it was back up in less than an hour. Customer Service doesn't make you wait that long and they are about as knowledge as you can ask for from a "help" desk. The only problem is whether they will be able to stay in business. BTW... love the site.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday July 19, 2001 -- 6:11:21PM
I think I've found a good dial-up solution.

I'm currently on the phone with Prodigy cancelling my membership. For the next month, I'm using Netzero's $9.95/month platinum service. However, I already know that I'm going to cancel at the end of the month. I didn't realize 1. that there are no ad bars, but there's an annoying, useless "navigation bar" that's omnipresent, and 2. that every e-mail sent through their SMTP servers has a Netzero ad tacked on the bottom.

I came across, who is $8.99/month (with a $5 set-up fee) with no ads, navigation bars, etc. There's some discussion about it here.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday August 8, 2001 -- 12:31:41AM
Ahhhh... my month with Netzero was just about up, so I signed up with the aforementioned My first connection: incredible. Twice the speed of any connection I ever had with Netzero. No stupid bar at the bottom (which used 9 megs of memory), better connections, and even a cheaper price. Can't complain.

I shall cancel Netzero tomorrow (happily), about three or four days early.

FROM: Larry Johnson
DATE: Saturday August 18, 2001 -- 10:33:44PM
You might want to check this one out. I'll bet your not annoyed with the after a year or even more. They have 56k dialup,DSL, cable and sattelite connections.Hurry to sign up before Aug 27th,it will only cost you $25.00 one time and you will have world class service from now on! I might add that their are no banners or ads to obscure your will also be paid to use the internet and community portal.
Go to
I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday August 18, 2001 -- 10:41:23PM
I sense an affiliate link...

FROM: Lyndol Williamson
DATE: Sunday October 21, 2001 -- 11:11:35PM
I am looking for a reliable $10 a month ISP in the 318 area code that I can use Internet Explorer, instead of their package. I also want 2 e-mail addresses and 5 to 10 mb of web space. I have been using JUNO, but am not happy with their flakey browser and the pop-up ads and other agrivations. Please e-mail me any good ISP's you've found that meet these qualifications at

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:27:25 pm

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