I’m all about getting the fastest Internet available if it’s at a reasonable price. With so many devices these days connected to the Internet, it’s hard not to live without it and the connection speed is definitely important. Who’s got time to wait around on a slow connection?
I’ve had Comcast Xfinity Internet with Blast! Speed for about 1½ years now and been pretty happy with the speed. I got the 1 year special which was at the time was $49.99 for 1 year and that was for Internet only. They currently have a deal for Internet Plus w/upgrade to Blast! and TV for $54.99.
After the 1 year contract, the internet price goes up to $78.95 a month. Which is about a $24 increase. For me it’s a $29 increase since I was paying $49.99.
Enter Consolidated Communications formerly SureWest. They have been heavily promoting their “Crazy fast Internet 100Mbps” CCI fiber+ deal for about a month now and I’ve received probably 4 flyers from them. The 100Mbps deal is $49.95/mo for 2 years and you get 2 months FREE. I have decided to give them a try since it will be saving me around $30 a month for 2 years for a total of around $720!
I’ll be trying CCI’s service for 30 days at the same I will still have Comcast. At the end of 30 days I will decide wether or not to stay with Comcast or jump ship to CCI.
First thing first is to test the Upload/Download Speed. I first ran the test with my current provider Comcast and then immediately after unplugged their line and plugged in the CCI ethernet line into my router and ran the test again. Here are the SpeedTest results taken from CCI and Comcast within 2 minutes of each other.
Comcast Speedtest Results
CCI Speedtest Results
CCI’s download speed came in slightly higher than Comcast, and on the upload side, blew Comcast out of the water. CCI’s ping was much lower than Comcast, which is a good thing. The lower the ping the better.
Comcast or Consolidated Communications?
Speed for the price, I would have to say CCI is winning. On the $49.95 deal CCI comes out to $.50 per Mb vs my current rate $78.95 on Comcast is $.79 per Mb. CCI also has no usage cap unlike Comcast, and the price is locked in for 2 years. As internet speeds increase, the rates will mostly likely change again. I’ll probably be revisiting this article in 2 years but as of today CCI is looking like my new ISP. Stay tuned.
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