So, me and my friends are sitting around tonight. We, like any red blooded mother fuckers, would like to play DOTA together. Unfortunately, none of us can host a game, not even a 2 on 2. Our pings are currently 450, each... TO EACH OTHER ON THE SAME ISP! One of my friends can't connect to vent, even.
We all use NYC Road Runner Cable Service. Our connections are saturated beyond belief and have been for over three weeks now. This is a recurring problem that makes it impossible for me to play online games for spans of time, which pisses me off because I sometimes buck up and play at a CAL Pro level. Online games are my fucking thing.
I pay 60 dollars a month for advertised speeds of 10 megs down, and 5 up. On a GOOD day, i can break 60 kbps up in real world settings. Those days come rarely. Normally I get 35 up to a single recipient.
Wait, let me predict some responses: Get a new internet service provider!
Well, here's why i've come here. There are 2 isps in my area that have cable connections and one with DSL. IN NEW YORK FUCKING CITY! One is worse than the other. They have a monopoly on the market. They haven't upgraded speeds since I've started on broadband 6 years ago. They keep splitting up bandwitch between us and new customers.
Wait, let me predict a response: Call up the company, customer service is... LOL
You get transfered over again and again. You get sent to one of 5 levels of tech support, none of whom believe that you actually have a problem.
Responses that i've gotten:
"Sorry, we do not provide customer support to people with routers. The router makes your connection slow because you have too many computers, consider upgrading to our business package."
"It is your cable modem. We will send someone by on friday" (LOL, they came... without a cable modem, just a smile and a wink that assured me nothing was wrong.)
I've read tech forums on this, this is a problem that everyone has, especially in Flushing, where I live.
Fuck, what can I do? What can i dooo...