While the failure of ExciteAtHome could bring an end to its popular Web destinations, analysts said it was likely AT&T could seamlessly assume operation of its Internet access business. The service is delivered on a fiber optic network owned by AT&T and leased to ExciteAtHome.
Yes, ExciteAtHome is royaly screwed. The stock price right nowis at 47 cents. Not a very strong financial position ;)Basicaly, unless that stock price gets back up over $3 in thenext month, @Home will get knocked off the NASDAQ. If thathappens, they immediatly owe their creditors 100 million, whichthey don't have.AT&T could bail them out, but it doesn't look like they're goingto. So, unless a miracle happens in the next month or so, @Homeas a company is dead.However, there's still going to be a nationwide broadbandnetwork with over 3.5 million subscribers. Someone is going towant that. It's just going to be a matter of who your bill goesto, not whether the service is there.-Mori
Now that reading the information that JL and Rams brought toyour attention, if you are not just cursing and freaking about@Home entirely, I'll try and help a little with the otherquestions.The Motorola SURFBoard has gotten fairly good reviews and shoulddo the job fine and at ~$130 should pay for itself in a littleover a year (once you figure in taxes), but you have to figurein what price you can get it for. Given that information, thequestion is how long you expect to keep the service. If you arein for the long term, paying $10 a month for the box does notmake sense. If you are just getting your feet wet, seeing if youlike it, $10 a month is probably a good idea.My take, assuming you get cable modem service, let them do theinitial install with their box, check out the quality and speedfor a month or two and if it is a go, buy your own and drop offthe old box.Now as to speed. While the DSL providers would love you tobelieve that your download speed is going to vary wildlywhenever your neighbor gets on to surf the web, the reality is abit different. There is excess bandwidth built into the cableand you are NOT likely to see a whole lot of difference, but youmay. It's best of course if you have nobody on your loop butyourself, but it's not really a problem in most circumstances.When I was using Cable Modem, I saw more variation from routershaving problems than from local activity.What can you expect for speed ? That is going to vary based uponwhat your setup is, but you can probably expect to peak around1200kbps download and of course you are capped at 128kbpsupload. Most of the time, the sites you are connected to willtop out a LOT earlier than that.One difference between DSL and Cable Modem is that the ping timefor Cable Modem is often a lot higher as there is a longer runbetween you and the outside world as you go through the Cablecompanies gateway. So if you really aspire to be a LPMF, CableModem is probably not your cup of tea. In real life, this makeslittle or no difference.Distance from the Central Office... Well, the distance that youare from the telecom central office does not relate to thedistance from the cable switching box, but to put it like Iunderstand it, the signal on the cable degrades in a totallydifferent way than over a phone line and the cable lines weremeant to carry that high bandwidth while phone lines were not.Three miles from the cable office should not give you anyproblem at all.My take, watch it a week, see if AT&T and @Home can get theiract together and make a decision once it appears to bestabilized.
They are, but I'm not worried about AT&T's ability to comethrough the problems. Here's a quote from a Reuters article onExcite@Home's troubles:
I was leaning toward this plan. Just gotta make sure I don'thave to incur extra costs for switching from rent to own (e.g.,who pays to ship their box back to them, etc.)
This is the impression I am getting from reading around. Thanksfor confirming it.Is the 128kbps up cap a technical limit, or is it imposed by thecable co. for convenience?
My only question: Will I be able to host Myth games? (I don't doa lot of FPS online, though I might occasionally; but Myth isimportant. I assume that I will have no trouble playing , but Iwould like to know if I can host.)
I wasn't worried about distance for the cable internet. I wouldbe concerned about signing up for DSL at 3 miles from the telcoCO, especially since the best (by reputation) DSL provider Ihave access to at the new house would charge me almost twice asmuch per month for service (and a hefty installation fee).The only downside to waiting is that if I want the installationto happen quickly after I move, I probably have to get in thequeue soon. I'm going to ask how far in advance I need toschedule the appointment, and that will probably dictate when Ijump.
Thanks for the insights.
(Wish I could get a cable modem--DSL's getting scarier all thetime)
Imposed by the cable company as far as I can tell to discourageyou from soaking up too much bandwidth.
Are we talking that some of the small fry are getting shut outhere or are we talking talking some other reason.I figure PacBell DSL is safe as houses, but some of the marginalDSL providers are definately going to go under (as some alreadyhave).
Are we talking that some of the small fry are getting shut outhere or are we talking talking some other reason.