I was complaining to someone yesterday about my DSL bill, since I’m paying $80/month for 1.5⁄384 service. Out of curiosity, I took a look on Verizon’s business DSL website and noticed that they don’t sell 1.5⁄384 in my area anymore; the default is now 3.0/768 for the same price as before. So I called them up this morning and they’re doubling my line speed for free. It’ll take a day or two before it takes effect, but in a day or two I’ll either be:
- Happy with my new, fast service.
- Yelling at Verizon for completely screwing up my upgrade and knocking me off the net.
Anyone want to take bets on which one it’ll be?
Update: Well, I got my answer. I found this in the logs this morning:
Jul 27 00:22:35 guam kernel: wanpipe1: ADSL starting training 0x2 ... Jul 27 00:22:35 guam kernel: wanpipe1: GP_LINK_DOWN, Training State Jul 27 00:22:51 guam kernel: wanpipe1: Cell Delination successful Jul 27 00:22:51 guam kernel: wanpipe1: GP_LINK_UP, State Trained Jul 27 00:22:51 guam kernel: wanpipe1: ADSL Link connected (Down 3360 kbps, Up 704 kbps) Jul 27 00:22:59 guam kernel: wanpipe1: Link connected!
There was also a “congratulations on your upgrade” email in my inbox. So it looks like the speed upgrade went through without a hitch. I have to say, this is the first really nice experience I’ve had with Verizon DSL in years. I’m feeling a lot better about them then I used to–six months ago I was getting 768⁄128, now I’m getting 3.0/768 for the same price. I’m not feeling ripped-off any more.
A quick download test verifies that the speed really is faster–I’m getting 298 KB/sec from ftp-mirror.internap.com. Smokeping shows that my link’s lower-bound latency dropped overnight, and this morning’s latency graph is much less noisy then it was yesterday. Both of those are good for VoIP.
Update: I did a quick comparison with my old speeds. I was getting 1792⁄442, now I’m getting 3360⁄704. That’s an 88% increase in downloads and a 59% increase in uploads. Not quite the 2x boost that you’d expect, but still quite nice.