Posted 5/12/2020 05:09 (#8251152 - in reply to #8242429) Subject: RE: Pick long-term internet service speed/plan
Thing is that even in the days of 14.4 kbps it was clear that faster access was on the horizon and would eventually work its way down to the consumer level. The jump to 10 Gbps, as I understand it, is not backward compatible with previous standards. The next steps will probably be to 2.5 and 5 Gbps that will still work with existing Cat 5e cabling common to most consumer installations.
If a person could have locked in 56.6 kbps at $2/month for life in 1998, it probably would have been an excellent deal for the several more years it was viable. If I were the OP I'd take the 1 Gbps deal and not shed a tear over what-ifs. I suspect that 1 Gbps will still be in the upper tier of available speeds to the home a decade from now and the overall percentage of homes with access to that speed will be quite low. 5G *might* be the game changer there, but plans without data caps probably won't be available.