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Fiber Optic Alaska?

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Pardon me if I don't hold my breath.  I've heard all this before.  btw, North Pole is ~15 miles southeast of Fairbanks.  I'm west of Fairbanks in the foothills outside of town.

Is it going to affect me?  Probably, but not in a nice way.  My rates will probably go up, while my speed stays the same.  It's that last mile for delivery that is unlikely to change.

MTA (the company full of promises) is a high speed data network, not a local ISP.

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At least you won't need these any more. Must take dozens of trips to install a game...

 

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As previously mentioned, the last mile (or in my case, the last several miles) is the delivery bottleneck.  We're using the same ancient copper wires used back when the phone system required party lines (as recent as the early '80s).  That is unlikely to change since the local telco is no longer interested in updating landlines.  They're progressing and pushing wireless connectivity.  The only problem with that for me is that my house is in a dead zone and cell service is useless for us.

Downloading modern games is painful, as is re-downloading them when updated.  Perhaps this is why I have a penchant for older games whose sizes are mere hundreds of megabytes, rather than modern-day games whose sizes are tens of gigabytes and some of which approach a hundred gigabytes.

In theory, I can get up to four megabit download speed (paying well over a hundred bucks a month for the privilege).  In practice, I rarely ever achieve that.  Then couple that on top of a teen-age son and a wife who are both constantly using internet services, and my share of limited pie gets even smaller.

A four gigabyte file can take me well over three hours to download (on a good day).

So yeah.  Probably won't need the bucket of zeroes and ones sometime in the future, but I'll gladly take them today.  They, at least, can be delivered by dogsled in the winter.

 

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Have you investigated cell repeaters and/or boosters? 

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Have you tried installing a second or third phone line and using multiple 56k modem hookups?

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Have you tried using wt fast for ping reduction?  My father in Thailand uses it to play with us in the US and it works wonders.

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5 hours ago, Dunnar said:

Have you investigated cell repeaters and/or boosters? 

Cell phones, with their data caps, are not a priority for me and my wife.  My kid, on the other hand, wants better, but that is part of our incentive to get him to move out.  :D  And he can then pay for his own data plan.

4 hours ago, Jag said:

Have you tried installing a second or third phone line and using multiple 56k modem hookups?

Yeah ... like back in the early '90s.  Modems come with their own issues.  Back in the '90s, I had a dedicated extra phone line for computer access.  More than that would be expensive to run new cable to the house. I know it is hard to believe, but our phone system is antiquated and just plain sucks, and the telco has no motivation to improve it while they charge a lot for access.

4 hours ago, Jag said:

Have you tried using wt fast for ping reduction?  My father in Thailand uses it to play with us in the US and it works wonders.

I don't know what that is, but will look it up this weekend.

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2 hours ago, Elovia said:

Cell phones, with their data caps, are not a priority for me and my wife.  My kid, on the other hand, wants better, but that is part of our incentive to get him to move out.  :D  And he can then pay for his own data plan.

So ... Current cell + internet < unlimited data plan cell? What's the cost difference? 

4g speeds are really good and would blow away your current access. Add mobile hot spot and you'd be golden. Unless you have 0 signal and can't tap into it.

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47 minutes ago, Dunnar said:

 Unless you have 0 signal and can't tap into it.

^^^ This.

What I need to do is buy the vacant lot next door, then wrangle a contract with the wireless cell service to put up a tower to which I can then charge rent to offset property taxes ... and maybe get a free unlimited data plan.  /dream on

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12 hours ago, Elovia said:

^^^ This.

What I need to do is buy the vacant lot next door, then wrangle a contract with the wireless cell service to put up a tower to which I can then charge rent to offset property taxes ... and maybe get a free unlimited data plan.  /dream on

Sounds like you have a plan in place there! Crowdfund it maybe? "Get Elo's mast erect"

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3 hours ago, Jazz said:

Sounds like you have a plan in place there! Crowdfund it maybe? "Get Elo's mast erect"

I get plenty of spam emails for viagra already.

 

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On 5/3/2019 at 8:27 AM, Jag said:

Have you tried using wt fast for ping reduction?  My father in Thailand uses it to play with us in the US and it works wonders.

I briefly checked into this and it doesn't appear like it will solve my slow-speed downloading woes.  Latency (i.e., ping time), which this service claims to improve for an additional cost, is not the root of my problem; lack of bandwidth is.  Besides, I don't play multiplayer games where latency would be an issue.

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