How much would you spend for home broadband?

How much would you spend for home broadband?

Summary: Verizon has just announced a new fiber-to-the-home service: 150 Mbps down and 35 Mbps up for $194.99? Would you pay that much?


What's the most you've ever paid for your small-office/home-office (SOHO) Internet broadband? For me, it was $350 a month, but that was in the late 80s and I had a fractional T1 using frame-relay direct to my house. In those days, it was worth it. In 2010, I have a 25 megabits per second (Mbps) Charter Internet connection that's running me $55 a month. It's not fast enough, but it's as fast as I can get in Asheville, NC. If I lived somewhere else though I could get Verizon's new 150/35 Internet service... for $194.99

Hmmm... given a choice, I'd probably pay that. But, then, I watch Internet video all the time, and I also have two dozen computers on my “home” network. What about you? Would 150Mbps be overkill? Is not quite $200 a month be too expensive?

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0, will bring160 Mbps down and 120 Mbps up to ordinary cable users who don't have fibre to their doorstep. In theory, DOCSIS 3.0 will be available to 99% of cable users by 2013.

Eh... I'm not so sure that's going to happen that fast. To deliver that kind of speed required channel-bonding and other tricks that cuts down the number of customers that any cable provider can service on any given cable. In addition, the cable ISP also has to provide big enough pipes to the rest of the Internet to handle that much load. All this means is that it's going to be expensive. In turn, that will mean by the time DOCSIS 3.0 is available in my neighborhood, the price-tag will probably not be much less than what Verizon is asking for now.

Of course, I can always hope that Google will deliver fibre to my town. Asheville, after-all, is still in the running for Google's Fiber Initiative. The Google Fiber Initiative, for those of you who may have forgotten is a series of test projects by Google to bring 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) Internet to the home.

Short of a minor miracle like that happening, I expect, at best, I'll be paying $100 plus for 150 to 160Mbps in a few years. What about you? How much would you pay for 100Mbps Internet? Or, is your 300-baud Hayes Smartmodem still fast enough for you?

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  • Too spendy

    I'm currently a Charter customer as well though in my area Charter offers up to 60 Mbps. I only pay for 16 but am actually seeing 50 on various speed tests. My download speeds are actually reaching the "good enough" level for everything I am doing right now. After all, at the office we only have 20 Mbps serving the whole building. Where I could really use a boost though, is in upload speed. I don't need 35 Mbps, but my current 2 is not enough. If I could get, say 10 that would be great.<br><br>But I don't want to pay any more!

    PS: Charter already has DOCSIS 3.0 in my area.
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    If that was basic tv, internet, and phone then ya. There needs to be more choices for these services. Quest let me down and I feel trapped with Comcast. We need more competition. You are welcome to the Twin Cities Verizon.
    Anti Fanboy
    • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

      @Anti Fanboy
      I agree, I would like to have Verizon FIOS as an option in the Twin Cities also. I wouldn't want to pay more than $50 a month for internet. But I think it's great for others to have the "option" to. Bring on more competition.

      I have Comcast right now and overall I am happy with it, would like to have some more upload speeds though. However live in a house and not many kids in the neighborhood.

      If I lived in an apartment then I would want the speed (dnld/upload) it too be much higher in case many neighbors watch a lot of videos (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix...) or play online games.
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    Frankly, I could care less about business level broadband speeds in my home. Unless that is, I had a business justification for them. I've managed to easily get by on the bare minimum packages the Tel and CableCos hate to sell (typically 19.95 a month 1mbps down/512k up max connections) for years. Maybe because I don't play games or suck major bit torrent downloads down the pipe all day like my room-mate in THIS house-hold does... I dunno.<br><br>Regardless, I would MUCH prefer to pay for and see advances in consistent, reliable, and unlimited high speed [b]wireless[/b] communications. By far the WORST internet experiences I typically see are when traveling and connecting over supposed higher speed 3G networks. I'm excited about the promise of 4G and 4G LTE so long as the usage caps that have become so commonplace on the 3G Cellular network don't infiltrate 4G. In fact, with my very modest HOME networking needs, my ultimate solution would be 4G wireless that allows me to move seamlessly and without thinking between my home and anywhere else. Clearwire seems to be the closest to offering this right now, but their 4G network is not deployed across enough of the country yet to make it worth-while.
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    Hi!<br><br>I pay actually $149.95 for 120Mbps down and 20 Mbps up in Quebec, Canada.<br><br>It is very fast!<br><br>C'est fantastique!
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    I think Comcast 12M is overkill I was there was a 6M tier for half the price.
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    Must be nice to have that kind of income to waste on a faster unneeded broadband. I didn't think ZDNet paid that well. If your paying over $80 your getting ripped off. I'm paying about $45/mo for cable, 6mb down and less up. That is plenty for the home user.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Needed or Unneeded is a matter of perspective...

      @Loverock Davidson ...and largely depends on what you do with your connection. You can't assume that you know what is "unneeded" for someone else.
      • Yes he can

        @cornpie This is Loverock Davidson, the Anointed Prophet of Microsoft you're talking to.

        He keeps telling us how bad Linux is, citing his own vast experience - except that it's obvious from what he says that he hasn't looked at a Linux distro in years. (I mostly use Windows and play with linux distros occasionally, and <i><b>i</b></i> can tell he doesn't know what he's talking - at great, superior length - about.)

        So, sure he knows what you need or don't need.

        Just ask him.
  • Perhaps

    My employer will reimburse up to $100/month for internet service and I currently pay for a business cable account with 5 statics for $99/month. So I pay the tax, etc. I'd consider paying that much if there were uptime guarantees and at least one static address.

    I wonder if there are limits on usage, running servers etc off it.
    • That's the ticket...

      @LiquidLearner I think you are right. I would be more willing to pay for guaranteed service levels than I would for faster speeds.
  • I'm paying&acirc;?&brvbar;.

    60 a month, and I split it with upstairs and downstairs neighbors, so we each pay 20. And we get 60 down and about 15 Mbits ups. Plenty fast, plenty cheap. Comcast, Seattle.
  • $50/mo is my limit

    I'll get what I can for $50/month, with the following services:
    - at least 1 static IP
    - no port blocking
    - nothing in the ToS that prohibits home-based web, email, or other servers
  • Home better than the office?

    I have business cable at home at 25mb down 12 up and it is WAY better than my office. I can only get 1.5 there. I put all my servers at home that can use the higher speed. The really sad thing is that the cable connection is only $10 more per month!
  • Urban/Suburban Snobs

    I live in on a rural farm and would give my left one for 25Mbps. I pay $80 a month for 1Mbps down and 512kbps up and that is at is utter limits most of the time it is more like 550kbps down and 125kbps up. And that is the top of the line I can get here. There are millions of people and a vast square miles of our country that can't get decent service and we are talking about upgrading your residential services. We should be figuring out how to get better service to everyone. Imagine if roads, rail, electricity and phone had been disseminated this unevenly. A vast majority of our countries land mass would be devoid of people all together.
    • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?


      I feel ya man. I live in the country as well. I have NO cable service i am 30,000 feet from the CO so dsl did not work well. So i am left with 3g cellular internet which is pretty fast but has data cap limits. So if you are lucky enough to have 25mbps or more then i would be giving a lot of thanks this thanksgiving since there are millions of us in the US who do not have this.
      • Another reason...

        @MLHACK ...why, having grown up there, i left my rural home in 1967 and never went back.

        {Though i do hear that Simpsonville, the flyspeck town three miles away, is now one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the country... Go figure.}
    • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

      @cfrancis@... "A vast majority of our" country's "land mass would be devoid of people all together."

      Is that a bad thing? ;-)
  • RE: How much would you spend for home broadband?

    I don't know the speed of my broadband but it's fast enough for me (no major video downloads or internet action games). I pay 22 GBPounds (=$35) a month for broadband, phone line rental and phone calls (excluding calls to cellphones and premium rate numbers but including nationwide and transatlantic calls). I consider that a very reasonable deal.
  • $40 per month for 1.5mb down, 512kbs up

    Not near fast enough but I have no other options available outside of satellite. I have several customers using satellite and it isn't an option I would consider. I would pay a fair amount (maybe double) to increase that speed by a multiple. It's way to slow for the 6 or 7 devices I have connected at any given time. If my son downloads a WOW patch and doesn't turn off p2p, I'm essentially down. One of the disadvantages of living in the country. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages though, so I'm not complaining at the moment.