Coral Cable is a cable TV company and a regional tier 2 ISP that gets their bandwidth from BTL. BTL is, for better or worse, the only national IP backbone and has over 100Mbps running to the island to serve their internet customers. Coral Cable has a MUCH smaller connection to BTL. They have 800+ internet customers sharing a 40Mbps distribution cloud (DOCSIS 1.x
) further funneling down into a much smaller connection to BTL. Coral Cable is therefor massively oversubscribed and their link to BTL is pegged for 20hrs+ a day. They know this, but essentially their hands are tied.
BTL also just lowered their DSL pricing in line with Coral Cable with the commitment to a local phone package (homefone for residence, bizfone for business)
BTL Pros: great quality bandwidth, decent support, never oversubscribed, one bill for phone, internet and mobile.
BTL Cons: requires you to get a copper phone line also - even if you never use it, high installation fee ($330), huge deposit ($1000bz) for non-residents, socially speaking - still a monopoly with lots of bad habits.
Coral Cable Pros: no phone line required, fast/cheap installation, no/low deposit, local company
Coral Cable Cons: oversubscribed, good connection for email and chat - not youtube or music/movie downloading.