[buug] Inexpensive DSL
feedle at feedle.net
Tue Sep 12 11:38:17 PDT 2000
On Mon, 11 Sep 2000, Zeke Krahlin wrote:
> The Winfire free DSL service just sent me an announcement that they now
> have DSL for my area. They are free w/ad banner plus $199 modem for a
> 144kbps connection.
> But they also offer for $19.95/month plus $99 modem, no banner ads at
> 384kbps connection. I can afford that! Winfire's home page is at:
They also offer full-speed ADSL for around $34.95, which is cheaper than
what's available from PacificBell/SBC and other local (covad) providers.
> Any opinions, pro or con, about this service?
Here's my opinions.
Their AUP is pretty standard, as is their TOS document. I see no
indications in either that they are data-mining.. in fact, their privacy
document indicates that they collect aggregate information, but not
personally identifiable info (except where required to provide you with
Their Bandwidth-On-Demand service is intriguing. It might be worth
getting it for that alone.
It would appear that they are providing service through Pacific
Bell/SBC. By all indications, SBC's DSL service has been acceptable, but
not perfect. On my circuit, I get about 2-4 hours a month of downtime,
and about 12 hours a month of "funnies" (i.e. routing problems where I
can't exit PB's network certian "directions"). I consider 2-4 hours of
downtime well within the acceptable limits for a DSL circuit.
Let us know what happens.
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