I'm having trouble finding real info on how good Xfinity is in my area (I live in Jersey City, near NYC). Trying to google the question just results in Xfinity propaganda/advertisements or propaganda/advertisements from competitors.
I have a very stables and solid connection to the internet through FIOS Gigabit service. However, I don't get Gigabit service because of the way my building is wired. It's not wired for CAT5 or beyond into the individual units. It's only wired for COAX and you can't get high speeds with COAX. The workaround I worked out with Verizon was to rent a network extender from them and use from within my apartment to connect to my router which they've essentially taped to the wall of our electrical room where the ONT box is housed. It is completely stable with almost no down time. I get about 400-450 Mbps out of the 1 gigabit I currently pay for.
The problem is, it's bundled with TV and for which I am supposedly getting a deep discount. But I no longer want TV. For one thing, my roommate doesn't want to pay for the TV service since he doesn't use it (which I totally understand). For another thing, I almost never use it either. I typically just watch Streaming. The final reason is that I'm paying close to $180 for both TV and internet. Way too much to spend for at least one service I never used.
Xfinity - I can get for ~$80 on contract. I called Verizon yesterday and they told me the cheapest I can downgrade to from my current service is ~$135, and that's on a new contract. I could drop that down one peg further by changing my service to 400 Mbps but I'm worried about doing that. That would get the price to about $115.
But ultimately I need to save money. It's too much and if my roommate refuses to pay for TV, and I don't blame him, it's going to start costing me a much larger percentage of the ~$180 I currently pay.
I don't really want to switch off of FIOS because the stability of my current service is important and the fact that I can only get 400 Mbps is still good enough.
Any idea how I can figure out REALLY how stable Xfinity is in my town/neighborhood?