How fast is your home Internet in south Orange County, California? Mine is not that fast. Especially after I initially got the DOCSIS 3.0 device, and before Cox decided to reply on my open letter about various issues they cause and bill for yet never enabled.
I pay for the DOCSIS 3.0 Cox Premier Internet plan, which advertised on television as speeds “up to 25mpbs.”
The price for this service is $64.99/month. But it goes on “sale” numerous times of the year, for only new customers, at rates which cause me to wonder about the true profitability of the cable infrastructure which is just shifting bits left, or right, and not creating anything new.
Anyways. Now if I want faster upload speeds, how much will this cost me?
Well, roughly double. They Cox Internet tiers are severely limited in all manner through bandwidth shaping sold to customers as a “boost”, or something which sounds like an enhancement to their crappy service. It’s really just another way to limit perfectly good technology to frustrate knowledgeable customers.
They thoughtfully leave off the download label in all of the Cox marketing material. This is because Cox Internet upload speeds are a measly 271.95 K/s if you are so lucky. This is roughly 2.4mbps if your networking math is fuzzy.
Even then the allocated upload speed is still only going to be 5mbps on the “Ultimate” branded tier. My home router is barely even capable of transferring data and doing network address translation(NAT) at a constant rate over 40mbps. It just seems like such overkill because I want faster upload, not download.
It’s the known Von Neumann bottleneck architecture implemented as a consumer broadband network.
Bandwidth throttling is the new telephone busy signal.
Not to leave off this thought, but did you see how much extra crap, each tier is provided with, that is 100% useless to me? At least six things which I don’t need from Cox. Webmail, Spamblocker, 10 Email accounts, 50 GB of some proprietary lock-in storage locker service, Nick Jr, ESPN3(Whatever that is.), and finally some Cox Security Suite that I have no use for because I use a UNIX based operating system.