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    Guitarist, writer, retired service, disabled Veteran, classic autos. Motorcycle riding.

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  1. I got my Centurylink internet connection after I discovered a construction crew going down the highway in front of my house and property. As they started through my front yard, (through the easement), I went out and chatted with the crew and found out it was a new Fiber for Centurylink. I had to force myself not to do cartwheels back to the house when we were done with the conversation. I had just realized a life-long dream of sorts of moving out in the country, away from the rat race of the big city. I was raised in the country, but due to being in the service for ten years, being stationed all over the world, I had my fill of big cities. One thing I did not realize was out in the country, it's hard to get a decent internet speed. And yes, I fell for the ole booby trap 'Excusenet' and was signed up for 2 years without even knowing it. I don't want to mention any real names, like Hughesnet for example, but they're one of the Satellite companies that advertise a great package, but enter you into a 2 year nightmare. Plus, I have to admit, all the years in the big city had it's perks. So, I wasn't aware of being slightly spoiled with the fast connections. So, on my 3rd year out here in the boonies, I saw and chatted with the construction crew. I went on to nag, and nag until finally Centurylink admitted they had a fiber out my way and was excepting new customer connections. What could go wrong ?? (more on this later) I live in South Central Missouri. If anyone has Centurylink and want to chat a bit and tell me how it's doing, if you like it or you're mad as hell at them, whatever, feel free to drop me a line.
  2. I'm not sure 'What' you will win in the end. But it sure ain't a usable fast connection, referring to the last poster's comments. I too have been on the phone with them many times, to no avail. Every time I see the advertisement come on about guaranteed 25Mbps, it really annoys me. I have recently found better options to try out, (new company's coming out with internet connections). I just don't know how much of a fight they will put up if I haven't served the complete 2yr sentence, oops, I mean automatic contract I'm supposed to be on with them. Even though there was no mention of it when I called to get connected. The way I see it, they are not holding up their end of the contract, then why am I forced to stay with them and unable to use my connection for any of my work? My speeds are all in the old Dial up range. 3 or 4 days after my cycle begins, I'm told I used all my data. I ask "What, pray tell, is using up my 20 Gigs in the first week so fast? No one seems to have an answer for that. I mean, I am unable to do but the very basic of things on this connection. It isn't fast enough for me to use up 20 gigs!
  3. I was told I have the Gen 5 sir. I just tested mine here at midnite when I thought it would be great and got less than a meg.. sad Mat
  4. Tonights speed test. Unbelievable terrible. Can't even watch a video from work!
  5. I'm not gonna bore you'all with the same ole problems I'm getting with the service. But when I was averaging below 1Mb download speed, I felt they were not holding up their end of the agreement, (contract). I WAS doing alot of my work at home until I purchased a home in the country about 2 miles from town and realized the only 2 options for internet service was the phone company and Hughesnet. I tried the phone company and for 2 months I didn't get a signal at all! Finally, a technician found a problem out in the pedestal on the corner of the a county road and a small highway where I live. But, after getting a signal and setting everything up, it was extremely too slow. I had nightmares of the dial up days.. Anyone remember that? eeewww! So, I decided Hughesnet HAD to be better than that. Well, now I've had them for approx the one year mark and it's not a whole lot better. Like one gentleman posted, late at night, I can get a fair speed, 6 - 8 Mbs. But, as I still see the commercial on TV all the time guaranteeing 25Mbs speed anywhere, I still feel they are not holding up their end of the agreement, (contract). Did I sign a contract? I don't remember physically signing a contract. Must be a 'given' when you call to order. When it gets far too slow for me, I always call and start talking about dropping my end of the agreement due to the speed and they do something on their end and my speed suddenly shoots up quite a bit. At least I am able to watch a video without constant buffering until the next day and it's usually back to the norm..
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