What was the very first internet provider you had?

@AmbiePam (51609)
United States
September 1, 2008 6:24am CST
I still remember when my family first got the internet, it was through AOL, America Online. Since then my family has had several different providers, and when I moved out and got my own computer, I went through a couple providers myself. Right now I have my cable company as my internet provider, Cox Communications. Do you remember what your first internet carrier was, and have you had others, or just stuck with the first one all this time?
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• United States
1 Sep 08
My first provider was AOL.I had the dialup service.I stayed with that foe 2 years.And then I finally changed to Time Warner.I love my highspeed and I will never change again.
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@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Ugh! I remember the dial up.
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@know21 (1251)
• United States
1 Sep 08
computer - desktop computer
The first internet provide I had was SBC dial up. It was so slow it would take forever to download anything; and the pages would take forever to open. Then after that I went to the local cable company, and what a change. It was like night and day.
@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
1 Sep 08
When I had SBC it was very promlematic as well.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
8 Jan 09
The first internet connection I have ever had is called MTS, which means manitoba telephone system. It was the same provider I used for my phone and for my TV cable. Now I am using a company called Shaw. It is also who I have my cable TV connection with and I don't have a land line phone because I have a cell phone and why bother paying for both. All my friends can phone me on my cell and since I am paying for it anyways, I don't bother with a land line phone. I am happy with my internet connection or I would get a different one if I wasn't happy. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Sep 08
My very first internet provider was Net Asia... that was almost 10 years ago... i do not know if the company still exist because a lot of internet providers with cheaper and faster internet mushroomed in my area. In my office we use Digitel... but after the two years contract... i think i will persuade my boss to change... because there is always no internet when it is raining... and customer service is very poor...
@vijbas (369)
• India
2 Sep 08
my very first internet provider is netone services provides by bharat sanchar nigam limited.it is a accountless internet service that is a dialup network with very low speed. i then moved on to avail the services of dataone broadband provided the same company it provides a speed of abt 2 Mbps thats very fast compared to the one i used earlier.. this is the maximum speed provided in our country for household usage. many others company do provide broadband services but they donot provide this much speed. BSNL is the best in india
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I've only had the one and only provider...DSL Verizon...when I knew I was getting a computer of my own (finally) I knew I would need fast internet service...either cable or DSL. With all the graphics and stuff I do, I knew dial-up would suck for me...my friend has dial up and on occasion have used her computer and I could swear I was watching my hair turn grey waiting for webpages to download especially if they had photos, and forget any kind of video watching...since cable is usually a bit more than DSL I opted for that...as far as I know there aren't many DSL providers around me that I know of.
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@nouman80 (60)
• Canada
2 Sep 08
My first internet service provder was AOL dial up so it was extremly slow, but at that time my family and i hardly used our computer. That's all changed now. Computer is like a part of my daily life now =) if i still had AOL dial up i would, for sure, have no computer =) we now use broadband (thank god!)
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@Tianna2 (1273)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Hello AmbiePam, My first ISP was a local company that I cant remember the name to right now but I did have AOL at one point. I went through a few to with all the dial-up conections. I got cable when @home was around and just kept it as it has changed names over the last 8 years or so. It went from @home to attbi to comcast. I remember before the internet was popular when we had a few local BBS's that I used to play some games on, sadly, now they are all gone. Cheers, Tianna
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
Hello Ambie, I subscribed to DSL, supposedly touted as one of the best in my country. Unfortunately, their Internet lines did not live up to what I first expected. I encountered the worst problem late last year when my Internet goes on and off for a month. Despite my frequent follow-up to DSL, even suggesting ways in which they will be able to figure out what went wrong, I needed to chunk down the one month of frustration down my throat. I thought of switching to another one but after making my rounds of queries with friends using different sources of Internet providers, everyone gave me the same concern. It must be my country or just happened to have some cable problems, I really can't say. Until now, my loyalty stays with DSL and simply closing my eyes whenever problems struck again.:)
• United States
1 Sep 08
We use to be able to log on from home to the Local University ( Youngstown State University ) it was free and in DOS! I was on a very old computer at the time so it really do not matter much. When I got my new computer it had Windows. And I just went to America Online at that time! It was a whole new world!! LOL I have had many internet providers. Aol, Compuserve, DSL, Cable Modem. Once you have DSL or Cable Modem and then go back to dail-up as I have right now. It makes you want to pull your own hair out!!! LOL
@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Yeah, I had DSL through Cox, and then a cable modem through Cox. Dial up by comparison could make a person cry, even if they are normally patient.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
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• India
25 Oct 09
hi ambie, As you can see,I am from India and my first internet connection was a Dial up connection from MTNL and then i got broadband connection (which I'm still using since last 2 years) provided by my telephone company and Internet service provider, namely, Mahanagar Telephone Ltd delhi. This is still working fine and the cheapest available..it costs us 12$ a month and let us have 100 free calls from our land line telephone too.
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@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
25 Oct 09
Isn't broadband so much better than dial up? I admit, I don't know how I would go back to dial up after having broad band for so long. Dial up seems so slow now.
@TheGiant (81)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Prodigy was the first Online Service I had used. I kind of miss those days. My first ISP was called Holonet. It was just a dial-up shell account, very expensive, my mom paid for it for me, I was only 13 at the time. Then when I realized I could get a dial-up ISP that let me use a browser after seening web pages at a computer camp. I found a local ISP. I still used dial-up even in college, high speed wasn't available in the small town I was in. Now I can never go back to dial-up ever again.
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@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I know. Once we try something other than dial up, it's almost unfathomable to have to revert back to dial up.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
2 Sep 08
My first internet connection was through People PC I had them for two years before I could no longer use it because it no longer carried a local number for me to dial-up to. So My second and current connection is through the Phone company called Foothills. I will soon(hopefully)be getting fibernet. It is a little bit faster then dial-up and also keeps my phone line clear so in case the school needs to call me about my little sister.
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@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I barely remember commercials for People PC.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
1 Sep 08
When I first got online in 1999, I used a local ISP. I loved them! It was dial-up, of course. But while my relatives were cursing about AOL giving them busy signals and dumping them off, I never had that problem. My speed more like the lowest speed for DSL. And when my computer gave me fits, they were a mile down the road. I could go to their office and use their computer to check my email. Plus their geeks were happy to offer advice. (In fact, when I had a huge problem with my computer and Gateway and Microsoft both told me I had to wipe the hard drive and start over, my ISP geeks helped me avoid that.) Most of my relatives still use AOL. Crazy. There are still so many things they cannot do or see. Now, I have DSL through the phone company. Our DSL speed is faster than they told us it would be. And, again, if there are computer problems that might have something to do with the DSL, all you have to do is call. They're there 24/7, and they will give lots of help if you call at 2 a.m.
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@AmbiePam (51609)
• United States
1 Sep 08
AOL has a lot of problems. I can't say how many times they used to kick me off line.
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@kunal0099 (234)
• India
26 Oct 09
My first service provider was MTNL India. Than i moved to some other service provider too to check new plans and usage.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
I haven't been on the internet all that long so I haven't gone through a bunch of internet providers. I have only been on the internet for just over two years and I have always had the same provider. I lived in Winnipeg when I first got my internet hooked up and I did it with Shaw which is also my cable TV provider and my telephone provider. Now I live in Calgary and I still use Shaw. I guess it is okay. I don't know the difference since I haven't used anyone else. I don't know if I am getting good service or not. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
7 Nov 08
We had AOL at first and I can still remember sitting there listening to that aweful sound of the computer trying to connect to the internet and sometimes it kicking us right back off. Thank God for cable connection. I am also with Cox now and am so happy I don't have to wait for dial up anymore. Its so nice to just open up your browser and start surfing.
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@msedge (4012)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I had my first computer in my country and my provider was DSL.It was very fast.I like it.When i moved here in the US we have dial up first then we switch to DSL.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
Wow, that was so long ago LOL I don't even remember who was our first internet provider. I do know that for the last 10 years or so we have had bell sympatico and even though we thought about changing a few times, we have stayed loyal because it has worked for us. But before Bell we had about 2 or 3.
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
5 Sep 08
It was Sympatico, and it was Dial up....at the time, AWESOME! now....you just want to curse at it ha ha. Thank Zeus they figured out high speed!! Sympatico turned into Aliant, to Bell Aliant, and now just plain Bell.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
[i]Hello AmbiePam, I think it is called MozCom. It is local internet provider in our country and it provides dial up connection. It still existing today and they still have the same program as before. Looks like they have not changed much since I first have them. After that I tried Skynet, still dialup and lately I tried Smartbro this is more hitech and is offerign Wifi. The connection is faster than dialup but I still can't see streaming video and downloading movies will take several days. And so I am back with my dialup and now thay have prepaid card and there are free hours. It is cheaper and dialup is just fine with me now. There are those offering cable and dsl but they are still expensive and not yet available in our place. So now I using prepaid dialup connection. I hope prices will go down and with fast connections soon. Regards.[/i]