Sondra just bought a new computer at Best Buy, she's thinking of getting DSL Extreme. Is it good? To figure out what would be best for Sondra, she should understand the differences between DSL and cable internet.
Sheryl has DSL with an external router, but it's overloaded by phones, laptops, and streaming via the Roku. All she wants is fast internet that works. Her cable company won't give her separate internet, they want her to bundle with cable TV. Leo says that she can buy better service, but the price will go up. And since the FCC has given the cable company and the phone company virtual monopolies, she's really limited by the options she has, which is DSL and cable. She can request "dry loop" DSL, but as Sheryl has found out, it's not super fast if she's farther than 1km from the central hub.
Marilyn is getting a new computer and now wants to get broadband at home. She's wondering what the best ISP would be: Verizon FIOS or Optimum by Cablevision? Leo says that either is excellent, with FIOS likely being faster. Optimum is #2 in the country right now in service. So both options would be excellent.Marilyn should look beyond the teasing first year "tease" rate, and find out what the cost will be afterwards.
JD has a FIOS connection, but his computer keeps auto joining his neighbor's Wi-Fi. Leo says it auto joins because JD probably joined it once manually. JD should go into the Wi-Fi settings > Network preferences, highlight the connections, select Wi-Fi, and then under "Advanced", select "forget". He can also order the connections according to his preferences.
Kathy keeps getting letters from Verizon saying she must upgrade to fiber optic. Leo said she shouldn't have to do this. They want to move her to FIOS because then they can cut her copper and prevent her from changing carriers. She can ignore those letters. They're trying to monopolize her service.