The lion king

Internet speed: a quick read

A year ago, alert reader “06880” – and Westport MakerFaire mastermind Mark Mathias – emailed us about Altice/Optimum’s latest offering: fiber for the home, with 1 GB internet access.

Mathias had it installed. He ditched all other services – including broadcast and cable TV channels – to buy only internet service.

It got symmetric 1GB (same upload and download speeds) for $79 per month. This introductory price included equipment, taxes and more.

Its speeds are “generally very fast”. Here’s a test from the other morning:

Typical wire speeds are 300 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up, Mathias says.

“Why is this important? ” he asks.

He answers his own question: “Most people use Netflix, Disney+ or similar services. Higher resolutions, such as 4K, require more bits to create an image. If multiple people in a home or office are consuming this high-bandwidth digital content, fast internet speeds are needed.

“But what I love are the increased download speeds. Where it used to take hours to back up to a cloud service like Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive, it now takes minutes. Posting video content to YouTube, Vimeo or something similar is also much faster.”

Still, Mathias thinks $79 per month is too high. He found 2 other companies “claiming to offer home fiber optic internet service“.

GoNetSpeed ​​is new to the area and is rolling out fiber to nearby towns.

Frontier also advertises fiber internet speeds of up to 2 Gbps. However, Mathias says they cannot give him an availability date.

“The good news is that real high-speed internet is currently available in Westport,” he said.

“Hopefully the competition for our business won’t be far behind.”