Why I’m Not Upgrading my DSL

Bell South now offers three classes of DSL service, with three different maximum download speeds. Legacy customers got put in the middle tier; upgrading means paying extra every month. So far, I’ve resisted upgrading. Most of what I do is text, so after a point download speed isn’t that big a deal for me. It may get worse as the kids spend more time on line though. Until then, my major constraint is latency — especially DNS lookups — not throughput as such.

I’m reminded of this by this excellent illustration of the difference between latency and bandwidth.

But what do I know about tech? After all, I don’t have a Ph. D in it.

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