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#341116 - 06/13/09 12:58 AM Internet Access on the Island
brianwalker Offline
Hi everyone. My name is Brian. I'm new to the forum.

This may be a ridiculous question given that you will be responding to me from your computer on Ambergris Caye...

However, I am interested to know how reliable Internet access is on the island, can you get high speed internet, and is access already wired and available in most of the rental properties in and around San Pedro?

I am planning a move to the island this coming March. I would like to find a 6 month, fully furnished apartment with a high speed Internet connection, as I run an Internet-based business.

Any feed back you can offer is greatly appreciated?

Thanks!

Brian

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#341125 - 06/13/09 03:35 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: brianwalker]
SimonB Offline
High speed is in the eye of the user. I pay more now than what I was paying for 1Mb in year 2000 in Canada at 1/4 the speed.

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#341128 - 06/13/09 04:06 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: SimonB]
Peter Jones Offline
It isn't available in all buildings but can usually be installed. Check well beforehand if it is already there, then if it isn't ask BTL if they can install it.

Installation will cost, and the monthly charge for the service received will be monstrous. And don't plan on using VoIP.

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#341129 - 06/13/09 04:11 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: Peter Jones]
SP Daily Offline
No charge for installation. BTL charges BZ$110 for 256K...which usually clocks at 300- 350K. Very reliable.

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#341132 - 06/13/09 05:11 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: SP Daily]
Peter Jones Offline
No installation charge now? They used to.

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#341136 - 06/13/09 07:33 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: brianwalker]
Belizeandme Offline
Sent you a PM, Brian.

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#341137 - 06/13/09 08:39 AM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: Belizeandme]
deadserious Offline
The access is fine for email and browsing, but they block vpn's and voip and I've had trouble using Remote Desktop too. So depending what you need, your mileage will vary.
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Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel...

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#341153 - 06/13/09 04:00 PM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: deadserious]
brianwalker Offline
Thanks to all of you for your replies. The cost doesn't really concern me that much (thanks to Jesse for the ball park figures)- it's high, but manageable. I would just hate to come down there only to find that I can't run my business effectively due to horrendous service and extremely slow speeds.

Sounds like this all varies.

Worth the risk to move down to my favorite place on the planet while attempting to keep my Internet business alive and well with potential limitations in access speeds? This is mostly a question for me, but please do respond if you like.

Surely service may improve over the coming months?

Thanks again,

Brian

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#341155 - 06/13/09 04:06 PM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: Belizeandme]
brianwalker Offline
Hi Belizeandme,

I never received your PM. At least I don't know yet where to view it. Would you mind replying to this email with whatever info you wanted to share.

Thanks so much.

Brian

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#341156 - 06/13/09 04:08 PM Re: Internet Access on the Island [Re: brianwalker]
Peter Jones Offline
Originally Posted By: brianwalker
Surely service may improve over the coming months?

Absolutely not. BTL's policy is to suppress and block any competition, and as they have a dei facto monopoly (a real one over the infrastructure) that is easy for them. They have shown that they don't mind degrading the service overall if it means they can block one more loophole. So expect the service to get worse, not better.

The way to overcome all this is to install a satellite dish. Not cheap, but bypasses BTL completely. Until they manage to extend their monopoly to include ALL internet usage, as they have already tried to do.

There is an alternative to using BTL's internet service. A competing service is provided by Coral Cable Vision, who also provide all television coverage. But that only competes as far as an electronic bottleneck owned by BTL, and it's after that point that BTL apply all their jiggery-pokery. So The Coral Cable service is just as affected by BTL's blocking policy.

If you need to use a particular VPN, as a number of people working here for major US or Canadian institutions do, make sure that you'll be able to access it. I know three people who had been living and working here who were obliged to leave when BTL cut off access to their VPNs.

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