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dxphy
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choice says that it it upgrading its infrastructure this year and beginning summer. Has any one seen improvements in ping, download and upload speeds?

At what times is the service bad?

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Topic starter Posted : July 13, 2011 1:35 am
Uuaww
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I have switched from broadband vi to choice and now back to broadband. I live mid island and here is what I have seen:
Choice is faster download speeds, usually about double the speed.
Broadband has a much lower ping, choice never dropped below 180, bvi has gotten as low at 40 for me. (this is the deal breaker for me, to play games online, you need a low ping)
uploads were about the same.

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Posted : July 14, 2011 6:08 pm
STXBob
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To clarify, ping = latency, which refers to how quickly you get a response to a packet request back from the ISP. So, Choice has high latency of 180ms or more, and BBVI is much lower (around 60ms for me, at best). Satellite ISPs have much higher latency (around 500ms) because of the distance to the satellite (you > sat > ISP > sat > you). High latency is bad for gaming and phone calls, where you want fast response. You can run a ping command as follows to test your ISP's latency. Below, it shows the latency to be as low as 59ms for BBVI.

Run: ping yahoo.com

Result:
Pinging yahoo.com [209.191.122.70] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=99ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=59ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=59ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=75ms TTL=56

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Posted : July 14, 2011 6:32 pm
dxphy
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The choice internet is sad.

Choice uses Wiimax and yet still at time the latency is equivalent to satellite internet.

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Topic starter Posted : July 14, 2011 7:59 pm
marlene
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Innovative has laid cable in an area near Princess that has been in use for a couple weeks. They are testing a t3 capability in this area and I have spoke to one of the homeowners who says it is so fast he watches t.v. on his computer. He says when they dug for the cable they told him his area was a pilot program and would have speeds just like the states.

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Posted : July 15, 2011 11:13 am
Nannerz
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we're in Fenchmans bay on St.Thomas.

in the morning its faster but when 9am rolls around it slows dramatically.

here's some tests this morning...before 9am.

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Posted : July 15, 2011 12:22 pm
xXxRUDExXx
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Innovative has laid cable in an area near Princess that has been in use for a couple weeks. They are testing a t3 capability in this area and I have spoke to one of the homeowners who says it is so fast he watches t.v. on his computer. He says when they dug for the cable they told him his area was a pilot program and would have speeds just like the states.

This I'd like to hear more about. Any other details, such as speeds/throughput they're seeing? Expansion into other areas of the VI? I assume this is part of their 5-year modernization project.

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Posted : July 17, 2011 1:25 am
surfer1
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Here is what I'm getting with my provider:

Im on St. Thomas.

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Posted : August 18, 2011 11:09 am
noOne
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I wonder how you get an A+ rating and I get a B, when I have only slightly less upload speed.

EDIT: ah I see, it is only rating you against other Virgin Islanders.

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Posted : August 18, 2011 12:12 pm
STXBob
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noOne: If you pay Standard & Poors, they will upgrade your B rating to AAA!

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Posted : August 18, 2011 12:59 pm
SkysTheLimit
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34.93Mbs:-o Nice!

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Posted : August 19, 2011 11:24 am
Tippi
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Grade F for Choice Communications

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Posted : August 19, 2011 4:23 pm
stjohnjulie
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My speeds have been absolutely horrible with Choice. And it has been going out all of the time too. I went back to their old, choice lite service at home and have better speeds and reliability with that than I do with the Max. For less than 1/2 the price. I am so annoyed with them.

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Posted : August 20, 2011 10:44 am
xXxRUDExXx
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I'm in downtown Charlotte Amalie, STT. Choice is acceptable most of the time, does go down occasionally for a couple minutes at a time. I keep an Innovative DSL line as a backup and for when I need consistently low latency (multiplayer gaming). I'm looking forward to Innovative's highspeed offerings once they complete their network upgrade to hybrid fiber-coax (should be comparable to Comcast stateside) , and the added competition (hopefully) once VINGN is up and running in a couple years.

Edit: Oddly, the ISP shows as Sprint, but that test was definitely on my Choice connection.

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Posted : August 20, 2011 4:29 pm
Nannerz
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Here is what I'm getting with my provider:

Im on St. Thomas.

How is that possible?
Surfer1 who does your internet service? Thats what I need.

wow, in St.Thomas too.....

I have choice Wimax and get barely 1 mbps down and practically nothing upload.

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Posted : August 21, 2011 7:31 pm
Yvonne
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I've been having connection problems with them for the last 9 days. Everytime I reach someone they say they will report it.... but not explain to me what the problem is or when they expect to have it up again. I have even gone over 26 hours without it this week... not due to Irene.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 5:34 pm
Nannerz
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Here is what I'm getting with my provider:

Im on St. Thomas.

still want to know who provides a 6 MB download service in St.Thomas......?

never seen or heard of this type of speed provided by someone in St.Thomas.........with a low ping too.

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Posted : August 22, 2011 7:44 pm
dxphy
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To surfer1

I believe that communication technologies is now called smart net.

They are St. Thomas based only

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Topic starter Posted : August 23, 2011 7:53 pm
Nannerz
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does smart.net offer high speed internet with those numbers?...never heard of them....

I'm in if they do, where do I sign up?.....

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Posted : September 10, 2011 4:25 am
dxphy
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to Nammerz

Sorry smart.net use satellite to provide you with internet. You will expect high ping time.

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Topic starter Posted : September 11, 2011 1:05 am
Nannerz
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a 165 ping is good compared to what I'm getting now....200-400 range with Choice.

I'll take high ping...if I can get those speeds surfer posted....6mb down and 1mb up..!!!!

is Smart.net still around?.......

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Posted : September 12, 2011 3:16 am
NugBlazer
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Ah, the mainland. 🙂

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Posted : September 13, 2011 10:50 pm
Nannerz
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Yeah but I'm not in Minnesota.......

Still would like to know more about this Smart.net......?

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Posted : September 14, 2011 2:07 am
xXxRUDExXx
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Still would like to know more about this Smart.net......?

http://smartnet.vi/rates.html

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Posted : September 14, 2011 2:20 am
Nannerz
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Thank you.

I mean more in the way of, does anyone else use them? what kind of download numbers are they getting and ping?

anyone else on STT have them?....I dont care about online gaming just need a decent upload and download speed, like surfer posted above.

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Posted : September 15, 2011 5:39 pm
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