No, it's not. Ookla reports that the average download speed in the US
has jumped by 10 Mbps in just the last year. California is at 40.8
Mbps, the fourth-highest in the country:
Keep in mind that these averages are likely to be biased a little bit
high, because people with dial-up probably can't wait to do a test
But they agree with our experience. My guarenteed d/l speed is 50
Mbps. Ookla and several other speed tests consistantly report my speed
as just over 60 Mbps, which is the same result I hear from my
neighbors who are on our local cable system and are using the
mid-priced service, as I am.
If you're under 10 Mbps, you're sucking wind in today's Internet
Fastest available in my neighborhood is ADSL 1.5Mbps. No
cable service available. To the west a couple miles they can't even get
that the last I knew. Have to use dial-up, over-the-air service/modem
or get something through the cell providers.
I'm not exactly what you would call "out in the boonies" either...
That in an Ole Hickory CTO. Can be used as a wood smoker, oven or
combination to give the meat some smoke then fire the oven to finish
cooking the meat.
Top dial is temperature, next down is the oven temp control and the
bottom is a timer control.
Price - about $4000.00 in that condition...
Oh it will do 36 whole chickens, or 16 small turkeys, or 12 brisket at a
(Local place uses one and I've tended it a few times)
I live over 10 miles from town , and I have about 6Mb/sec down and
768(IIRC) up . They DO have fiber optic service to town , I think that might
help . I believe our location would qualify as "out in the boonies" .
Gunner Asch on Fri, 01 Jan 2016 09:44:06 -0800
typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:
It is rather interesting to discover that major web sites (on real
estate, one 'social networking'), have decided that the 20% of the
population which uses Firefox, are just not worth bothering with.
Different outfit, just took me two days, three computers and four
different browsers to finally get it to take my money.
Not a problem to run a small batch. Just that they are a large unit.
Did you get the wood basket for the firebox? If not they are not hard to
make or buy a replacement.
Wood wise 4-5 pounds of DRY seasoned wood will run 7-8 hours.
I just went there and punched in my zip. They show "providers" who don't
even serve the area! They also show speeds that are NOT possible due to
the current infrastructure.
The stat of - 74% of New Yorkers "have access to" 100mbps or faster is
Having "access to" is MUCH different than actually having that speed.
From my place I can go less than a mile and find people who can't get
anything over 3mbps and more that are on dial-up. Even the folks right
in town and next to the main feed only get about 12mbps. The
infrastructure can't support faster than that.
It's people who use the data from sites like that who seem to think
"everyone" has high speed.
Read Steve W's reply, much the same thing here.
Cable service doesn't quite make it this far. DSL is limited by what
AT&T is offering, which is the ADSL 1.5Mbps. All the DSL providers are
basically reselling the AT&T service. If you read the small print you
have to have an AT&T phone to qualify for their plans.
The over-the-air stuff (microwave, whatever), last time I checked around
a year ago is the same speed and about the same cost as current ADSL. Of
course this has its own unique set of problems/headaches too.
Only thing faster would be a cellphone data package which has its own
set of headaches and costs associated with such...
My cellular Internet service has lower priority than voice calls and
slows or halts during commuting hours. At its best it can't quite keep
up with YouTube. This hilly area also has issues with cellphone and
broadcast TV reception, though not enough to drive me to paying for
Interesting observation there. I don't know the pitfalls for the
different services but being an old electronics tech I know they are
When Nextel first came on in my area they could support 6 Push-to-Talk
users per RF channel or 3 Phone users. It caused us a lot of headaches.
They took over the old Motorola analog trunking system. Some channels
were kept as analog for the time being while the remaining were
converted to digital. We serviced the analog side. Nextel the digital.
The freq scheme was never designed to be digital. A digital signal
takes up the full bandwidth all the time. To our ear it sounds like
white noise. If a digital channel got turned on next to the analog
control channel it would greatly reduce the whole analog system range
due to interference from the new digital channel. We took the grief for
a once great system not working well anymore. Customers would get
frustrated and sign-up for the "new" system because we couldn't make the
old system work right anymore. Worked great for you know who :)
The other systems in my area require a unique modem and antenna. So you
will have that expense to figure in. Plus the monthly charge is
considerably more for roughly the same speed as ADSL. My current
modem/router/wifi unit is a discard from a neighbor. I fixed the
wall-wart, got it working again :) Can't beat that price. If you watch
Craigs List they turn up there for ~$20 pretty regular...
I may gift my laptop with a cheap used WWAN card that handles the CDMA
EVDO protocol and see if I can register it with a free ISP like
When the telco tech found out that I understood how their system works
he removed bridge taps and cut off the line beyond my house. But the
copper pair is much too long for DSL.
Well, this stuff is the lifeblood of my business, so it's worth it to
do some checking. I'll have to look into Steve's situation but I
checked yours first.
First, I took your "Grand Rapids" address literally. And the reason I
worded my question the way I did is that everyone who is actually in
Grand Rapids has access to at least *one* of those high-speed
But you're 12 miles out, in a mostly rural area, right? (It looks very
pretty, BTW.) Assuming I have your address right, here's the story.
Your ZIP code actually overlaps TWO COUNTIES! And both AT&T and
Xfinity confirm that at least SOME people in that ZIP have access to
high speed. Xfinity (Comcast) offers 150 Mbps in some parts of your
ZIP. Just not you.
In fact, in Ottawa County, fewer than 3% of the people who live there
do not have high-speed Internet access. Almost all of the population
in your county is concentrated in three areas, and you aren't in one
And that's the common situation around the country. Where there are
concentrations of people, there is high-speed Internet. And that's
most of the country, population-wise. It's one of the things you give
up for living in nice rural and semi-rural areas.
From a business point of view, we have to go with the numbers. So we
build Web sites for the mass of the market.
BTW, AT&T says they can offer you 3 Mbps download. You might want to
The wireless and satellite service in your area is expensive and not
all that fast. Personally, I wouldn't bother unless I really needed it
for some business reason. None of it appears to be over 25 Mbps, so it
doesn't qualify as "high-speed." So your area isn't counted in the
national figures for high-speed service.