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In Chicago, there are not a lot of choices for your internet provider. Basically either ATT or Comcast - -DSL or fiber. While Comcast would seem to be the more logical choice, as one can push bits faster over fiber than wire, there are problems related to Comcast's inadequate support infrastructure.
Comcast Xfinity with Powerboost -- offers 20 megabit download speed. Sounds good. When you run speed-test, thats what it says. 20 megabit download speed.
When you try to use it in practice -- such as "synching" a website, what happens is that every 10 seconds, it says "server not available". Then, you wait for 10 seconds, and status menu starts updating again.
Thus the observation is that Comcast residential internet doesn't work.
My conjecture -- Comcast has tuned their residential internet so that it works in a brief burst, but doesn't deliver steady throughput.
I disconnected from Comcast residential Internet. Wish there were more options in Chicago.
Update: After disconnecting for Comcast, they messed up our autobilling, and tortured us for months afterwards.
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