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February 19, 2014

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I'm using Coastside.net now at Pillar Point Harbor. It costs $29.95 a month -- so "free" of course sounds like a better price. I'm in the East basin and about 500 feet away from the Coastside wireless access point -- so it took some engineering. I had to hoist my wireless client device 25 feet up my backstay to reach their access point that favors the live-aboard side of the harbor. But it does work.

I'm on some sad version of fiber that AT&T runs, and I get its max speed, which is only about 25/download and 2.5/upload for $71. The bill keeps magically creeping up a few dollars or so each month, which rubs me the wrong way, so I'm about to bail for Comcast, which offers more than twice the speed for a bit less. Soon I'll be posting to Riptide so fast it will make your head spin.

I will say that AT&T has been rock-solid with no drops. Can't say the same for the DSL I had a few years ago, which would drop out anytime an owl farted anywhere along the coast.

You can get DSL service from other providers besides AT&T. The service is the same, but the ISP takes care of dealing with AT&T so you don't have to. We have 3Mbps DSL service from PacificaNet (which I think is really Coastside.net in HMB) for $30/month, but in the past I've also used Sonic.net, based in Santa Rosa. DSL is likely better than the PacificaNet wireless Internet, but slower than what you can get from Comcast. (That's unlikely to change anytime soon since AT&T is trying to get out of the wireline business.)

We recently switched our cell phones to T-Mobile and I've found that its wireless data speed is surprisingly good in Pacifica. But this will come with a relatively low data cap per month (e.g., $70 for 11GB/month).

I have a deep hatred of Comcast, but unfortunately it has the fastest upload and download speeds. If you have a need for speed, there's not much choice. I had PacificaNet in the past and it was slow. If you don't care about speed, then it might be the better deal for you.

Can anyone advise me how good PacificaNet is for Internet transmission?
My Comcast expires soon and before I consider renewing or going to AT&T, I'm wondering what other Pacificans think.

I had AT&T few years back, and despite having a contract, my bill kept changing.

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