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Old 05-16-2020, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default Moultonboro Internet Provider?

Fed up with Spectrum. Are they my only choice in Moultonboro? Only need internet. Ditched TV and phone already.

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Old 05-16-2020, 10:58 AM   #2
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satellite thru direct tv or thru your phone company if they have laid the wires past your house
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:42 AM   #3
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Fed up with Spectrum. Are they my only choice in Moultonboro? Only need internet. Ditched TV and phone already.

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Curious about why Spectrum has you fed up. I've got Spectrum internet and while the subscribed rate is 100/10 Mbps, I frequently get 120/11. There are occasional service fades, but not that often and not for long. The price could be cheaper, but with DSL, the speed is typically 90% slower. If you are a power user at all, you really don't have a choice but to go with Spectrum.
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by the way there are a few satellite internet providers. so if you go that way check them all. Everyone wants new customers. I went with spectrum just before DSL came down my road. I have had no problem and given i am seasonal they will shut off in the winter.
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We also have Spectrum, internet and cable. Of course, they do try to up charge you, but the service has been quite good and they have fixed problems, including home visits quickly.
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Old 05-16-2020, 02:53 PM   #6
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There are certainly other ways to get internet as stated above.
Some use their cell phone data/connection.

The towns mostly choose one cable provider. In my town it is a 15 year contract (I think). And in my town - still not 100% coverage. Even after renewing time and again.

I have cable internet only. TV and phone are not cable company. I do constantly get mailings stating $44.95 for all three. But after reading the fine print - it's not that inexpensive.

Good Luck. And do share what you end up with.
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I can't bring myself to have WiFi at camp, so we use mobile access exclusively. For web access, virtual meetings, etc. it works fine, though peak hours (mid-day and early evening weekends) it can slow down a bit.

Though we have the cheapest possible plan—prepaid AT&T—I'm still not sure I'd use it for television as that must eat up data and even the "unlimited" is still usually capped at 20GB.

I'd be interested to know if anyone uses their phone hotspot for streaming video.

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I can't bring myself to have WiFi at camp, so we use mobile access exclusively. For web access, virtual meetings, etc. it works fine, though peak hours (mid-day and early evening weekends) it can slow down a bit.

Though we have the cheapest possible plan—prepaid AT&T—I'm still not sure I'd use it for television as that must eat up data and even the "unlimited" is still usually capped at 20GB.

I'd be interested to know if anyone uses their phone hotspot for streaming video.

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Where I am in Tuftonboro there isn't any high speed internet (cable) available. It's all around me but being the only home on top of a hill they won't bring it up. I've talked to various suppliers over the years but they won't do it.
I have direct TV and satellite access is available, Hughes Net or some other, but I haven't heard good things about it considering what it costs.
DSL isn't available to me either.
So, I use my ATT unlimited plan cell signal through a hot spot. I have 2 lines each with 15 GB hot spot for a total of 30. Even with this, streaming video along with our regular everyday use would eat that in a month. We tried it early on and after my wife watched some episodes of her favorite shows, I could see it wasn't going to work. Sometimes we do it or just cast the video from phone to tv using just the data plan without hotspot. Quality suffers a little bit but she gets by with it.
Have to keep an eye on usage and sometimes have to back down towards end of billing cycle.
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Where I am in Tuftonboro there isn't any high speed internet (cable) available. It's all around me but being the only home on top of a hill they won't bring it up. I've talked to various suppliers over the years but they won't do it.
Bob, if you can find a friendly neighbor with cable and within line-of-sight, you can get a business line, billed directly to you, connected to their tap. Then you radio the bandwidth to your place. The cost of the radios depends on how far and how fast. Look at the Ubiquiti AirMax CPE line. I've used the Lightbeam AC/Gen2 ($120/pair) and got 180 megabits/second throughput over 1/4 mile. They can do 400 Mbps or 3 miles, but not both.
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Curious about why Spectrum has you fed up. I've got Spectrum internet and while the subscribed rate is 100/10 Mbps, I frequently get 120/11. There are occasional service fades, but not that often and not for long. The price could be cheaper, but with DSL, the speed is typically 90% slower. If you are a power user at all, you really don't have a choice but to go with Spectrum.
The reason I'd like to switch is a long story I'd rather not get into. It's too bad there's really no competition in this industry. Most communities have only one internet provider they've contracted with, which doesn't encourage aggressive pricing or customer service.
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The reason I'd like to switch is a long story I'd rather not get into. It's too bad there's really no competition in this industry. Most communities have only one internet provider they've contracted with, which doesn't encourage aggressive pricing or customer service.
The towns do not contract with an internet provider. There is a franchise for cable TV and that cable plant happens to support internet. The phone company is similar in that there is typically only one phone company in town and it happens to support internet. Internet is unregulated. Other vendors are welcome to come to town, but they need to either rent space on the telephone poles or deploy antennas for fixed wireless works. It is an open market but hard to compete with the incumbent vendors that invested in TV or phone and fell into the internet market. So far, its the sound of crickets. The cellular vendors aren't competitive because of data caps. There is a project in place at the Carroll County level to invite fiber companies to bid on deploying in places that aren't well served today, but that is years out if it happens at all. The incumbents aren't going to lose market share willingly. Maybe Musk's Starlink will be a viable alternative some day.
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The towns do not contract with an internet provider.
Correct. By all seems to be a symbiotic relationship.

Not privy to any negotiations.

Have read that some towns in the initial installation of wires - the town/city ended up owning the wires. In that case - the city/town can get some competition.
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Default Fed up with broadband costs vote in NHEC election

Three candidates for the New England Electric Coop board, if elected, will help move our electric utility forward in providing an alternate to Spectrum and other monopoly internet providers.
Please vote for Dwyer, Portu, Darcy for the NHEC board. For more info see
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