Time-Warner Cable has renamed itself "Spectrum" and has carpet-bombed the 'Net, mail, and newspapers with promotional offers for fast, bundled services.
After an hour chat session and a five minute phone with "Rachel B" Tuesday morning March 21st, Spectrum scheduled installation Thursday afternoon 23 March. "George" from Spectrum's local contracting team arrived at 5pm and was done by 6:30pm. Up and running in about 2.5 days.
How fast is Spectrum's home service? First, U-verse speed test:
Tests were conducted on the same hardware. Only the network gateway changed. The 117.4 down / 11.4 up Mbps speeds shown above come through Spectrum modem <--> router's Gig-E <--> Intel NUC running Linux + Firefox.
Seems fast enough.
Let's talk price.
U-verse service cost crept up to about $62/month mid-2016. Charges jumped from $51/month June 2016 to the current price August 2016.
This price buys the U-verse "18" plan: 18-20 Mbps down, 2 Mbps up, and a monthly data cap of 1 TB. The AT&T gateway serves wireline and wireless networks in-building, no phone service. A separate hard landline costs about $30 month, most of it state fees and telecom tariffs. The land line is a bare-bones service with no long-distance.
All-in, AT&T U-verse Internet and phone line cost about $90/month.
Spectrum's promotional price is "$29.99/month for the first 12 months" for each bundled service. All-in for Internet + voice is $65/month for the first 12 months, charges to go up an additional "$20-$30 per month" thereafter, according to "Rachel B". Voice includes long distance calling in North America and U.S. territories.
Spectrum's Internet price is BYOR - Bring Your Own Router. The gateway offers services only one port. Spectrum wireless via the gateway is an additional charge. Happily, several wireless routers from various vendors are on-premise.
Even after the 12-month promotional price, Spectrum at $60/100 Mbps/month vs U-verse $60/20 Mpbs/month is 5x better.
Worth noting: AT&T will not budge on price.
Time to re-configure the network.