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Old 06-13-2011, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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You'll be forgiven for not being intimately familiar with Californian ISP Sonic.net, though we get the feeling you'll also wish it operated a little closer to your abode by the time you've finished reading this. You see, Sonic has always dabbled in the business of high-speed, low-price internet connectivity, and now it's going for the jugular with a new fiber-to-the-home service, which costs just $69.95 a month, reaches speeds up to 1Gbps, and bundles in two phone lines and unlimited long distance calling. Just for reference, Comcast's "Extreme" 105Mbps connection costs $105 a pop when taken as part of a bundle, whereas Sonic's budget menu option will net you a 100Mbps line for $39.95 (plus a phone line with unlimited calls). Understandably, Sonic's grand plan is starting out small, with a trial in Sebastopol spanning 700 households, but provided the company doesn't go bust by giving people so much for so little, expansion to bigger cities will follow, with San Francisco and Santa Rosa being the prime candidates. And just in case you're questioning Sonic's credentials, Google's chosen the ISP to manage its gigabit fiber network at Stanford University, and who knows ultrafast broadband better than Google?

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I wish that kinda crap came to my house. My internet is only ok when 2 people are living here but when 5 people are living here it feels like dial up sometimes.

I hope they succeed because then faster net might actually start spreading around the US. My question is, what kinda cap are they going to put on it?
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You have to pay $70 for service, but another $40 to rent the box?

We'll see.
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The 40 dollar one is their cheaper 100Mb package.
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Still, even that would be bettter than my 7Mbps that is pay $45 for.
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The package I'm on is technically supposed to be 65 a month at "up to" 5Mb. I have NEVER seen anyone get remotely close to those speeds even if their house is right next to the tower. I would gladly pay 105 a month for a 1Gb package. In Irving it is 109/m after taxes for a 35Mb up and down FIOS package.
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I would go with Verizon FiOS. A friend of mine in Virginia has it. He likes it. Not sure what speed he has, but the cheapest is $50 plus taxes @ 15/5.

Sadly, we can't get it at our house. Although, our neighbor across the street could.
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We can't get it here either or else I would, trust me. That was basically the fastest internet I have ever been on.
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