Almost a year ago we got a message from Time Warner that they were going to increase our internet speed up to 300Mbps since we are on their ultimate plan.
It came in the form of a letter and I was pretty excite. Unfortunately, we went out to the local office to get my modem upgraded and the nice ladies at the reception told us that we already had the updated modem and or speed never increased. Either they didn’t know what they were talking about or they were thinking of the last time our internet was upgraded from 50 to 100. Anyway, we have been waiting for about 10 months for the upgrade and finally almost a year after our last upgrade we called the local office and learned that indeed, there is a new dual-band modem that we needed in order to get the 300 download speed.
So we went and picked it up last week and the speeds have been really nice. But why is Time Warner doing this? Competition.
Mainly competition from Google Fiber. Google Fiber costs less than what I pay time warner right now and it’s over 3X the speed I’m getting at 300Mbps. Not only that, if you pay a $300 installation fee to Google, you get free 30Mbps internet from them forever. So why don’t I have Google fiber you ask? It’s only available in a few cities right now, and my city isn’t one of them. 🙂
I love competition. If google hadn’t come out with Google Fiber, I am POSITIVE I’d be stuck with 50Mbps internet right now.