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posticon Tech Talk - How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need?

Business | Friday, August 10, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Internet Speed

I use cable for Internet access and nothing else.  Under Time Warner I paid $65 per month for the 'Extreme Plan' that yielded up to 35mbps (megabits per second) download speed and 6mbps upload speed.  I was paying a special promotional price for the because I asked for one.  At the end of a year I would have to pay $75 or downgrade to Turbo, at 15mbps download and 1mbps upload speed.  When Spectrum took over from Time Warner the old plans were still imposed on old customers.  But by the time I went to ask for a new promotional price a year later, things had changed.  I was told Spectrum offered up to 100mbps download speed and 10mbps upload.  It would cost $60 per month, and that was the regular price, not a promotional price.  Well that is now close to $65, but still $10 less than what I would have had to pay to keep the so-called 'Extreme' plan.

Yay!

Now that 'up to' means you will not necessarily get the whole 100 all the time.  For example, when I conducted a speed test a couple of minutes ago I only got 76.9mbps download speed.  My upload speed was 11.7, really good considering I had only one for several years when I had Time Warner's Standard Plan (3mbps download/1mbps upload -- and Netflix worked fine, thank you very much).  But how much speed do you really need?

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posticon Ford Celebrates Production of 10 Millionth Mustang

Business | Friday, August 10, 2018 | By Ford Motor Company Print
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mustang 10M MustangFord's 10 millionth Mustang

Dearborn, Michigan - Ford celebrated the production of its 10 millionth Mustang yesterday. The company says the Mustang is America's best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world's best-selling sports car three years straight.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8.

"Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world," said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. "I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language."

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posticon Cuomo Calls on Congress to Block Unilateral Tax Cut

Business | Friday, August 10, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that he will propose legislation to further decouple New York State's tax code from the federal code if President Trump moves forward with a plan for a $100 billion capital gains tax cut, ensuring New York does not follow suit in this reckless giveaway to the rich. The Governor also called on Congress to immediately block any attempt by President Trump to unilaterally cut taxes for the nation's wealthiest 1 percent in violation of the Constitution.

"After running on a scam platform of fighting for the middle-class, President Trump is again firing a missile at the heart of our working and middle-class New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "I call on Congress to block any illegal attempt by President Trump to enrich his friends at the expense of the American people. If the President moves forward with his $100 billion tax cut for the rich, I will propose legislation to decouple our state's tax code and ensure New York remains true to its values as a progressive beacon for the world."

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