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Evaluating High-Speed Internet Options in Daytona Beach, FL

When it comes to high-speed internet service in Daytona Beach, FL, there are four major options, and the choices can seem overwhelming. According to, a leading resource online collecting reviews and the latest information on prices and packages for internet service across the country, Daytona Beach high speed internet is available from AT&T, HughesNet, Brighthouse Networks, and Spectrum.

Internet Speeds in Daytona Beach

Among these four options, there are differences in speeds. AT&T offers two separate plans, one via DSL high speed internet and a fiber option. The AT&T DSL option offers download speeds up to 50 Mbps, while the fiber option provides 1000 Mbps for the fastest downloads in the Daytona Beach area. It might seem like AT&T would be the obvious option for Daytona Beach internet, but the fiber option is only available in 18% of homes.

Up next in terms of speeds is Spectrum high speed internet in Daytona Beach, with up to 100 Mbps downloads available. That makes Spectrum the best option for the 82% of homes where the fiber service from AT&T is not available.

Following up in terms of speed is Brighthouse Networks, which offers up to 50 Mbps. Brighthouse no longer accepts new customers as it has merged with Spectrum as part of the merging between Time-Warner and Charter.

Last in terms of speed is the satellite internet from HughesNet, offering up to 25 Mbps downloads. HughesNet service is really only recommended for those customers who live outside of Spectrum and AT&T provider areas, such as more rural and remote areas within the Daytona Beach area.

Internet in Daytona Beach by User Rating and Price also compiles user ratings based on a five-star scale. On this scale, AT&T and Spectrum are dead even at 3.5 stars, with HughesNet trailing behind with a rating of 2.5 stars.

Prices for internet only are comparable between AT&T and Spectrum, but with Spectrum customers who also need TV and/or landline phone services can bundle services together and get internet at a lower price per month than with AT&T. With the bundled price, Spectrum’s internet service runs 29.99 a month for higher speeds than AT&T’s.

The Verdict

When it comes to deciding on an internet provider in Daytona Beach, Florida, it comes down to one question: Are you in one of the 18% of homes where AT&T’s 1000 Mbps fiber service is available? If yes, then go with AT&T. If not, the 100 Mbps service from Spectrum is your best bet.

4 Reasons to Have a Landline Phone

Many households are deciding to go without a landline—after all, when each and every person in the house has a cell phone, what’s the point? Turns out there are some good reasons to still have a landline phone, though, so here’s our list of four reasons why you should maintain a landline phone in your home.

  1. Clarity. With landline phones, even ones through your internet or cable TV provider, you will not experience dropped calls or static the way you will with a cell phone. “Can you hear me now?” will not be a question you need to ask.
  2. Cost. A monthly landline bill will cost you a fraction of a monthly cell phone bill, especially with added data costs for today’s smartphones. In addition, cable and internet providers often offer bundle pricing that basically gives you a landline for free. Generally you are also not locked into a costly contract with a landline provider like you are when you purchase a cell phone plan.
  3. Emergency Calls. Because your landline is powered by the copper wiring from the phone company, the battery won’t die. And even when the power’s out you can still make emergency calls on your landline.
  4. Getting a Local Number. Since many people keep the same cell phone number even when moving to another city or state, it’s a good idea to have a local number where you can be reached when applying for jobs and other purposes.

While none of these reasons may be make or break for you, you should at least consider the possibility. After all, it won’t cost you much to give it a try.

Microsoft to Help Bridge the Rural High-Speed Internet Gap

While the US government hems and haws about the direction of the internet, private corporations are stepping in to bridge the gap. This time it’s Microsoft, who is partnering with organizations across the US to form a coalition to bring high-speed internet access into rural areas.

Called Connect Americans Now (CAN), the coalition will broadcast hroadband internet into rural regions using unused TV signals, thus eliminating the need for the infrastructure necessary for high-speed internet providers to bring in wired internet.

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“Without a broadband connection, millions of students struggle to keep up with their assignments, Americans in rural areas are unable to fully utilize telemedicine, farmers are denied the promise of precision agriculture and businesses are unable to tap into the world of online commerce,” said CAN Executive Director Richard Cullen in a statement. “Congress and the FCC must stand with rural America by allowing internet service providers to deliver broadband via white spaces spectrum.”

CAN’s founding partners include Microsoft, the National Rural Education Association, the Schools, the Mid-Atlantic Broadcasting Communities Corporation, and others. The organization will start by launching an advocacy campaign in Washington, D.C. to put pressure on the FCC. The group will also form partnerships in rural communities and educate residents about delivering internet through TV white spaces.

Microsoft estimates it will provide internet for two million of the approximately 23.4 million rural Americans without access to high-speed internet, thus leveling the playing field when it comes to education, applying for jobs, and access to online medical and mental health care. Perhaps if this works, other providers will follow suit.

NHL National Cable TV and Broadcast Schedule for January

Like the NBA, the NHL will benefit from fewer NFL broadcasts, picking up ratings steam and interest throughout January and February as the playoff races heat up, the All Star Game happens, and teams who are out of it jettison their good players for draft picks at the trade deadline. The following is the national TV schedule, most games on cable TV but a few on NBC.

Games deserving special attention include the Los Angeles Kings playing the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 30’s playoff rematch between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks.

Mon., Jan. 1 N.Y. Rangers Buffalo NBC 1 p.m.
Tue., Jan 2 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 2 Los Angeles Edmonton NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 3 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 7 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 9 Edmonton Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 10 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 14 N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 15 N.Y. Islanders Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 16 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan 17 Montreal Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 17 Pittsburgh Anaheim NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 18 Buffalo N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 18 Pittsburgh Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 19 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Jan.. 21 Philadelphia Washington NBC 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 22 Tampa Bay Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 23 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 24 Toronto Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 25 Chicago Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 30 Chicago Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 31 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule for January

The NFL regular season has ended, and though it will still dominate the sports conversation for the next month or so through the Super Bowl, the NBA, following its Christmas Day showcase when many people start paying attention, is ramping up in the national consciousness.

The following is the national cable TV schedule for the NBA for January. Some games to pay attention to: the top of the Western Conference battle between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors later this week on January 4th on TNT, and Monday, January 15th’s Cavs-Warriors battle.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
7:00 PM Blazers-Cavs NBA TV
10:30 PM Grizzlies-Clippers NBA TV
Wednesday, January 3
8:00 PM Cavs-Celtics ESPN
10:30 PM Thunder-Lakers ESPN
Thursday, January 4
8:00 PM Warriors-Rockets TNT
10:30 PM Thunder-Clippers TNT
Friday, January 5
7:00 PM T’Wolves-Celtics
Replaces NY-MIA
9:30 PM Wizards-Grizzlies ESPN
Sunday, January 7
9:00 PM Spurs-Blazers NBA TV
Monday, January 8
7:00 PM Bucks-Pacers NBA TV
Tuesday, January 9
8:00 PM Blazers-Thunder NBA TV
10:30 PM Kings-Lakers NBA TV
Wednesday, January 10
8:00 PM Thunder-T’Wolves ESPN
10:30 PM Clippers-Warriors ESPN
Thursday, January 11
3:00 PM Celtics-Sixers NBA TV
8:00 PM Cavs-Raptors TNT
10:30 PM Spurs-Lakers TNT
Friday, January 12
8:00 PM Warriors-Bucks
Only on CSN in Bay Area
10:30 PM Rockets-Suns ESPN
Sunday, January 14
9:00 PM Blazers-T’Wolves ESPN
Monday, January 15
12:30 PM Hornets-Pistons NBA TV
3:00 PM Spurs-Hawks NBA TV
5:30 PM Lakers-Grizzlies TNT
8:00 PM Warriors-Cavs TNT
10:30 PM Rockets-Clippers TNT
Tuesday, January 16
7:30 PM Pelicans-Celtics NBA TV
10:00 PM Suns-Blazers NBA TV
Wednesday, January 17
8:00 PM Lakers-Thunder ESPN
10:30 PM Nuggets-Clippers ESPN
Thursday, January 18
7:00 PM Sixers-Celtics TNT
9:30 PM T’Wolves-Rockets TNT
Friday, January 19
8:00 PM Wizards-Pistons ESPN
10:30 PM Knicks-Jazz ESPN
Saturday, January 20
3:30 PM Thunder-Cavs ABC
8:30 PM Warriors-Rockets ABC
Monday, January 22
8:00 PM Heat-Rockets NBA TV
10:30 PM T’Wolves-Clippers NBA TV
Tuesday, January 23
8:00 PM Cavs-Spurs TNT
10:30 PM Celtics-Lakers TNT
Wednesday, January 24
8:00 PM Rockets-Mavericks ESPN
10:30 PM Celtics-Clippers ESPN
Thursday, January 25
8:00 PM Wizards-Thunder TNT
10:30 PM T’Wolves-Warriors TNT
Friday, January 26
8:00 PM Rockets-Pelicans ESPN
Saturday, January 27
8:30 PM Celtics-Warriors ABC
Sunday, January 28
3:30 PM Suns-Rockets NBA TV
6:00 PM Sixers-Thunder ESPN
Monday, January 29
9:00 PM Celtics-Nuggets NBA TV
Tuesday, January 30
8:00 PM Cavs-Pistons TNT
10:30 PM Blazers-Clippers TNT
Wednesday, January 31
8:00 PM Knicks-Celtics ESPN
10:30 PM Mavericks-Suns ESPN

2016-17’s Most Popular Shows, 18-49

With so many options available to viewers, from internet streaming options to online gaming, it makes sense that the ratings for the top shows on TV would be down. But there are still a lot of popular shows on broadcast and cable TV, and in the coveted, high-spending 18-49 demographic, the leading show was not a broadcast show, it was AMC’s The Walking Dead. Below, courtesy of Nielsen as reported by Indiewire, are the rest of the top 50.

1 The Walking Dead AMC 8.0
2 NFL Sunday Night Football NBC 6.9
3 NFL Thursday Night Football NBC/NFL Network 5.2
4 NFL Thursday Night Football CBS/NFL Network 5.0
5 The Big Bang Theory CBS 4.9
6 This Is Us NBC 4.8
7 Empire Fox 4.3
8 NFL Monday Night Football ESPN 3.9
9 Modern Family ABC 3.7
10 Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.5
11 American Horror Story FX 3.4
12 The Bachelor ABC 3.1
13 The Voice (Monday + Tuesday) NBC 3.0
14 Designated Survivor ABC 2.9
15 How To Get Away With Murder ABC

Scandal ABC

17 Survivor CBS

Talking Dead AMC


Chicago Fire NBC

The Goldbergs ABC

22 Law & Order: SVU NBC

Criminal Minds CBS

Black-ish ABC

Lethal Weapon Fox

Chicago PD  NBC

27 Bull CBS

Kevin Can Wait CBS

Speechless ABC

30 The Simpsons Fox

American Housewife ABC

The Middle ABC

Dancing With the Stars ABC

The Blacklist NBC

Timeless NBC

Chicago Med NBC

24: Legacy Fox

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 6 VH1

39 Scorpion CBS

Star Fox

Hunted CBS

Family Guy Fox

43 Life in Pieces CBS


The Good Place NBC

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

The Flash The CW

Gotham Fox

Saturday Night Football ABC

50 Lucifer Fox

Blue Bloods CBS

The Great Indoors CBS

The Mick Fox

NCIS: Los Angeles CBS

Blindspot NBC

Hawaii Five-O CBS

60 Minutes CBS

South Park Comedy Central

Prison Break Fox

Little Big Shots NBC



5 Ways to Cut Your Cable Bill

With cable rates rising each year and many more options now available to the consumer, including streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and internet-based skinny bundle plans from providers like Dish Network’s Sling TV, it is easier than ever to cut your cable bill. But say you want to stick with your cable TV provider. Are there ways you can still lower your bill without switching to another service or cutting the cord altogether? There sure are. Read on below for three ways you can lower your monthly cable bill without leaving your cable TV provider.

  1. Buy a bundle. When you purchase cable TV as part of a two or three service bundle with a provider like Charter Spectrum, you save on the monthly price of each service and only have one bill to remember. Consider a three-service bundle for the most savings and consolidate your internet, TV and phone onto one monthly bill. Or if you don’t need a landline, bundle TV and internet and you can still save.
  2. Trim the Fat. Take a look at your channel lineup and see what it is you really watch. If you don’t watch extra sports or premium channels, cut those from your package and see how much you can save by moving to a basic package from a mid-level or gold tier package.
  3. Avoid Contracts. While contracts can lock you in to a lower rate they also keep you locked up for a certain period of time, usually two years. With technology and the industry quickly changing, you might find yourself looking at a cheaper option and unable to switch in the middle of your contract. Find a service, like Charter Spectrum, that does not lock you in to a contract

In addition, you can always negotiate with your provider if you find your bills too high to handle. You’d be surprised how much you can get knocked off your bill by just threatening to cancel. If you pay your bills on time, they’ll definitely work with you for a more reasonable rate in order to keep your business.

Scientific Discovery Could Improve High-Speed Internet

Combined research by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Vermont could reduce the energy consumption necessary for high-speed internet connections while also reducing the necessary costs. The research was published in the journal Nature Communications and funded by the National Science Foundation. The work allows simultaneous nonlinear optical processing of multiple light beams by a single device without converting them to electrical form, which could lead to cheaper and more energy-efficient high-speed internet communications.

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“Our new nonlinear medium has allowed us to demonstrate simultaneous all-optical regeneration of 16 WDM channels by a single device, and this number has only been limited by the logistical constraints of our laboratory” Vasilyev said. “This experiment opens the opportunities to scale the number of channels to over a hundred without increasing the cost, all in a book-sized device.”

The multi-channel regenerator could even potentially shrink to the size of a matchbox in the future if the nonlinear-optical medium could be implemented on a microchip.

“This breakthrough is an example of how UTA researchers can positively impact the physical and economic well-being of society in the area of data-driven discovery and global environmental impact, themes in UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions | Global Impact,” said Jonathan Bredow, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering in UTA’s College of Engineering.

The new net neutrality rules may slow down connections for consumers—that is yet to be seen. But with continuous innovations like these, faster internet could be available to everyone at a much lower cost.

T-Mobile to Launch New Cable TV Service in 2018

As the wireless industry grew, one of the most successful upstarts was T-Mobile, who attacked larger cell phone providers with acumen in order to take a place at the top end of the market. Now, the company which has predominantly only operated in the mobile space is looking to conquer a new market: cable TV.

According to Fortune, T-Mobile has acquired a Denver startup called Layer3 TV, and will use some of that company’s technology and relationship with TV programmers to launch its own nationwide cable TV provider. While it is not entirely clear how the service will work, the Fortune article surmises it will be a hybrid between traditional providers like Charter Spectrum and internet-based services like Sling TV:

T-Mobile says it wants to offer something like Layer3 TV’s current 256 channel service, and not a so-called skinny bundle that features fewer channels like plans from the Internet players. T-Mobile’s service will also integrate popular Internet streaming services like Netflix (NFLX, -0.43%)and Hulu. T-Mobile (TMUS, +0.64%) also plans to offer multiple options to add channels, instead of just one or two packages. But just like the streaming services, T-Mobile’s will also be delivered online, not through dedicated cable wires.

T-Mobile says that by relying on Internet-based delivery, it won’t need to wire millions of homes with new connections. Customers will be able to use whatever provider they have. “It will work on your Comcast Internet connection,” chief operating officer Mike Sievert says. The carrier also plans to leverage its base of 71 million wireless subscribers and 16,000 retail stores to help attract customers. And in addition to the usual service fees, T-Mobile sees the possibility of selling TV ads using targeting technology that is more precise than what is possible through cable networks. Whatever the cost of rolling out the new TV service, the carrier said it is not changing its three-year forecast for increasing its free cash flow by 45% to 48% annually.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will be a success, or whether new net neutrality rules will have an effect on companies competing with the major internet providers who also have cable TV service. But a new big company on the market with the spending power to compete with the industry leaders should be a good thing for consumers, if only to force the big boys to lower their prices to compete.

Streaming Gaining Steam over Cable TV

A survey reported on by eMarketer shows that 31% of internet users, nearly a third of all users, use streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu for their primary mode of TV watching. That’s behind only traditional cable TV providers at 35%, and up from 24% just a year ago. Satellite TV comes next at 17%.

More findings from the survey:

Among the top reasons given by those who retained cable packages for traditional TV service were access to broadcast TV channels, sports content and premium channels.

On the other end, streaming’s success can pretty much be summed up in one word—Netflix. Over three-quarters (76%) of respondents named Netflix as one of the services they would pay for if they had to choose just three, based on their current budget.

Netflix’s strategy of picking up the back catalogs of content studios at cut-rate prices is long gone, now that it’s demonstrated that even decades-old content can still have value in the digital era.

But the company’s pivot to creating its own original content appears to be working. According to data from RBC Capital Markets, 58% of Netflix subscribers surveyed in November said the company’s original content influenced their decision to sign up.

Netflix appears to be doubling down on its originals strategy. In its Q3 earnings call, the company said it planned to spend $8 billion on content in 2018, hoping to increase the share of that type of material to half of its overall content library.

Surveys like these showing the growth of streaming and the shrinking of cable subscriptions abound, and the findings show that the convenience of watching what you want, when you want to beats live TV every time, except for live sporting events and the odd other live popular events, like the Academy Awards. They also show that cable TV companies aren’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon, because they’re usually also the major internet provider for a given area.

Still, cable companies will need to improve the convenience and selection of their On Demand options and continue to offer content that no one else can get, making sure that some popular shows stay on cable and off of Hulu, if they want people to continue to get cable along with their internet.