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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
12/31/2018 1:51:34 PM
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the only effect
The only effect of that definition seems to be to define who gets the government bonus money. The money of course is to promote higher broadband speeds in areas that perhaps don't even get the low level of service that the new definition calls for, but if the carrier just "offers" the speed, don't they still get the subsidy? Or did I misunderstand?

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/30/2018 9:12:57 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
Exactly. And now that I think about it again, it also makes you wonder why you are actually paying for something that not always work. I pay for a ballet workouts that sometimes when I am on slower connections (I am located always in the same place) they stop streaming after a couple of minutes or simply don’t even start. Then I have to use their YouTube channel which has some of the workouts. I think I am going to write to their cuctomer service.

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michelle
michelle
12/30/2018 4:54:59 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
It would be great if more video providers were able to serve up content on slower connections. Running into videos that don't play really makes you appreciate the work done on YouTube.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/30/2018 4:32:34 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
That’s something I particularly appreciate from YouTube. Whenever I find myself using a connection that is not fast enough for some of my workout videos, I use those on YouTube to replace them and they work fine. It has been a great help many time. This makes you wonder why everyone else can’t do the same.

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michelle
michelle
12/30/2018 4:23:28 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
Interesting! I am really surprised to read voice calling actually works ok. YouTube I can believe since the site was built to serve video over slower connections whenever required. 

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Ariella
Ariella
12/25/2018 4:59:45 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
@freehe like the old days of dial-up.

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2018 2:44:43 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
@ariella. I hope so. You won't be able to view or record a video and watch a movie at those low speeds. The best you can hope for is accessing the internet for a few minutes a day.

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2018 2:43:34 PM
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Re: How to people do it?
@afwriter, the people who made the law have high speed broadband so they are not concerned about consumers needs. They figure if you want high speed broadband then you should pay for it or more to an area that has is. Unfortunately, the reality is that most who need and want high speed broadband cannot afford it. 

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freehe
freehe
12/25/2018 2:41:16 PM
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Broadband
It is sad that the FCC defines broadband at such low levels. All consumers want high speed internet even those that live in underserved and unserved areas.

 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
12/19/2018 8:26:02 AM
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Re: How to people do it?
I've been a lab monkey for the last several years, trying a CenturyLink DSL line of 1.5/.5 to see if it would work for normal web browsing, using Google Voice for phone calling, youtube video watching, and even streaming broadcasting live from my home office. And yes it works just fine for all but the live streaming and some glitches in using Google voice, both of which need a bit faster uploading speed of .5. So, it does appear for the average user a very very slow service is possible to do most of the things internet users might typically use.

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