Don't get tempted by this. I live in Palo Alto and allowed myself to be enticed by the Sonic.net's advertised promise
of "... Broadband at up to 20Mbps ...".
I actually got 1.5 Mbps download speed.
I would not have been tempted had they been
advertising "Broadband speeds 1.5 Mbps - 20 Mbps.
You may get lucky and be on the high end or you may not."
The problem with Sonic's DSL is that they are still dependent upon AT&T for the copper lines. I've been fighting with them for 3 weeks to get a stable DSL connection (I have their bonded service). After a tech visit everything starting working better (I think it was a config issue on the router).
But it was quite apparent that for Sonic, AT&T is a big problem. For most of their coverage area, they are still dependent upon AT&T to actually hook their customers up. And AT&T has no interest in maximizing your Sonic ADSL2+. They'd rather you buy VDSL/Uverse from them. I think this is what drove Sonic to start working in Fiber. Not only was it the only way to get gigabit speeds, but it was the best way for them to take control of their own destiny. When you own the fiber, you can make your customers happy. When you rely on AT&T for the copper lines, you are limited in what you can do.
(For the record, I'm in Redwood City and getting ~12Mbps down with 2 bonded lines from Sonic).
I live in the same area and get decent performance with sonic. Things feel fast. Until recently, I had Verizon FIOS, and Sonic doesn't feel all that much slower (or maybe I've become accustomed to the drop in speed). I love how the DSL just works; I have a DSL bridge, connected to an Airport Extreme, which doesn't need to fragment packets because Sonic gives you the full frame size (another reason I like Sonic). Note that you can find performance boosts just by improving the phone wiring in your home;I played with mine until I found a sweet spot.
Vivek Wadhwa, like Rafiq Dossani and AnnaLee Saxenian before him, has been making too many wild extrapolations. Yes, a few start-up type Indian companies will innovate and progress. A larger number of large established companies are likely to take on global competitors successfully.
India taking on Silicon Valley? Won't happen for a long, long time.
- An Indian living in Silicon Valley.
It is a feature of Gmail and I think that it is great. Person_A registers email@example.com. All mail sent to franzjosef@, franz.josef@, franzjos.ef@, fra.nzjosef@ will end up in person A's Gmail account. Now someone wishing to send an e-mail to another Franz Josef (Person_B) but not being sure of his Gmail address guesses and sends it to Person A's Gmail address.
Not Google's fault.
Google will not let let another person register franzjosef@ with or without a period in any location. All periods are ignored.