I thought the PC Magazine report on "Fastest ISP in the USA" would be and interesting read, as we all have a need for speed. It was interesting enough in concept that is, until I read it. You see, the report is far from all inclusive, as it is missing two ISPs I personally have providing services, and whose speeds best the winners hand down, as well as others friend's are using in the Bay Area with a great degree of satisfaction.
In the West, where I reside, I'm referring to Covad, whose T1/Bonded T1 provides exactly what's promised and SureWest, the Fiber Optic overbuilder in Sacramento whose speeds, customer service and technology blows the rest away.
Then I started to think about the raving reviews of superfast speeds that Esme Vos and Om Malik are getting in their condos in the SOMA area of San Francisco from companies like Webpass that charge less and deliver more. That made me realize that the PC Mag study was really all about the "big brands" and left a lot out.
Here's my take. If you're looking for fast, reliable and high quality broadband, you may find that the newer, faster and yes, less expensive services are in your area, and are the companies which will make your online life a lot more enjoyable.