REAL reason Choice bandwidth has dropped
For those of you who have switched over to Choice Internet and noticed that over the last month and longer the speed has grown progressively worse to the point where the 3 or 7 MB service you are paying for stays mostly in the range of 300 kB here's the real scoop on why. What they will tell you on the phone is that your wireless modem is in a bad location or that they are doing upgrades which will end in April and which have been delayed by one of their tech guys falling off a tower (which actually happened) but I heard from a good friend of the president of the company that they are oversubscribed for the bandwidth they have and everything is still in planning stages to increase it and the FCC application has not yet been approved to do so, Supposedly nothing is going to change until about September. I would ask all of those using Choice to call and demand refunds for services not being provided and threaten to cancel if they don't come clean with their customers about what's been going on.
This not new to the islands. Innovative has a similar problem. As the day goes on it gets slower and slower. If you go on in the middle of the night it is very fast.
It is part of the island business philosophy- SCREW THE PUBLIC.
The limitations faced by Choice, Innovative, BroadbandVI & any other current or future internet providers in the territory can be overcome if the viNGN project can come to fruition. Our Legislature, however, just put that in serious jeopardy (link: http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/03/24/senate-decision-could-jeopardize-broadband-initiative).
For those interested, you may find Choice's parent company ATN 2010 annual report here:
This file is pdf and might take a few moments to download to adobe reader.
The limitations faced by Choice, Innovative, BroadbandVI & any other current or future internet providers in the territory can be overcome if the viNGN project can come to fruition. Our Legislature, however, just put that in serious jeopardy (link: http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/03/24/senate-decision-could-jeopardize-broadband-initiative)./blockquote >
The legislature did the right thing! That project needs to be thoroughly researched before local funding is approved. And I seriously doubt that the legislature's decision would jeopardize the project, just because Julito Francis and The Source says so.
Thanks, that explains a lot! At least I can blame island time for not returning e-mails and Facebooking my friends stateside in a timely manner. But when I want to do some online banking --- I usually get pretty irritated about it and do a fair amount of swearing. Perhaps I should just do that stuff the night before and take my book to the porch and get some sun during peak internet hours. I'll let the bf call and complain that we need a refund for services not recieved.
Spread the word so Choice knows WE know what's going on. Half the time it's little better than dial up. I've tried pretty much every service and can't say the others were any better, all over subscribed. Hoped against hope Choice was the final answer with all they had promised.
Cruz means the legislature needs time to wring bribes out of the contractors. By sabotaging this project he's (or she's) attempting to make deJongh look ineffective and he's doing it at the expense of every man, woman and child in the territory.