[Pdx-pm] OT: Escaping Comcast?

Nick Welch mack at incise.org
Thu Nov 2 15:39:44 PST 2006

On Thu, Nov 02, 2006 at 02:25:09PM -0800, Randall Hansen wrote:
> my favorite broadband option is and has been Qwest DSL through  
> Hevanet (http://hevanet.com).  that is, qwest provides the line and  
> hevanet acts as ISP.  it is a little more expensive ($5/month IIRC),  
> but it means that i deal with a local company, and never with qwest.   
> hevanet have been very good to me over the years -- the best ISP i've  
> had, including teleport, back in the day.
> it's true that this provides less bandwidth than cable, unless you  
> get into the more expensive DSL options.  in my experience it's more  
> stable.  cable companies are used to pushing content at consumers;  
> telcos are used to facilitating two-way communication.  i think this  
> mindset difference carries over into the types and configuration of  
> service offered.  e.g. qwest gives you a better upload/download  
> ratio, and doesn't attempt to filter or restrict communications (e.g.  
> SMTP blocking, restrictions on running servers, etc.).

Hevanet looks good.. and the name seems vaguely familiar, so I may have
heard about them in the past.  When Qwest says 256/256, is that the
minimum guaranteed speed, or the maximum?

Nick Welch | mack @ incise.org | http://incise.org

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