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1/09/13 | Self

Posted on 01/09/2013 12:08:59 PM PST by Terry Mross

I'm tired of the Comcast monopoly.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: dsj; vanity
I currently have the bundle of cable, phone and internet with the monopoly known as Comcast. They're offering a deal for $99 for new customers. But my monthly is going up from $99 to $144. I've more or less stopped watching TV so I don't want cable. I don't need a phone line. Comcast doesn't offer internet only.

So, does anyone know of a cheap internet provider (without need of a phone line) that is available in NW Houston?

1 posted on 01/09/2013 12:09:03 PM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

Uverse isn’t bad—they’ll provide internet-only, at least.


2 posted on 01/09/2013 12:12:23 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Terry Mross
DIY:


3 posted on 01/09/2013 12:13:22 PM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: Terry Mross

Comcast doesn’t offer Internet only? That must be a recent change. I use Earthlink (which still uses the Comcast cable for delivery).


4 posted on 01/09/2013 12:23:22 PM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Terry Mross
Checkout these guys, Oplink.net They are local, and they are driven to satisfy.
5 posted on 01/09/2013 12:25:16 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Terry Mross

Go to centurylink.com and check your zip code.
I just talked with them, and we can drop our bundle ($170 mo.), and just have internet only for $30 mo.
If smarttalk works for our cells, we’ll drop verizon too, cutting our media bills in half.


6 posted on 01/09/2013 12:26:09 PM PST by bigmak007 (They who can't control their own passions, want to passionately control others.)
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To: Terry Mross
If you like your service, please check out Earthlink and see if they have ‘high speed cable’ service in your area. It will be the same Comcast service, and it was how I dodged around the cable tv requirement on mine. The initial price was $39 a month, I think it's up to $45 a month now.
7 posted on 01/09/2013 12:33:09 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Terry Mross

Comcast is the Brawndo of this century. I switched to AT&T only out of frustration. Comcast is beyond horrible. I have only internet from AT&T. Television is Direct TV, who teams up with the superior custmer service and professionalism of AT&T to offer options here in Memphis over the “C” word.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 12:37:01 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Terry Mross

If you do switch, read the fine print.

Wireless, for the same price, is typically restricted to 5gb/month downloads. Over that is extra charge.

Telephone companies (such as CenturyLink) are DSL, so their ‘speed’ is actually less than cable.

My mid-range cable ($55/month) allow for upwards of 20mbps download speeds and 200gb/month download. A lesser package is about $35/month with 5mpbs download and 50gb/month download.

If you use services such as Netflix and watch HD movies, those download amounts could be very important.


9 posted on 01/09/2013 12:42:45 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Terry Mross

Net zero


10 posted on 01/09/2013 12:46:29 PM PST by Morris70
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To: blackdog

I live in Southaven and out Comcast is close to $95 for internet only, since we have Direct. Is the AT&T as fast as Comcast?


11 posted on 01/09/2013 1:10:47 PM PST by Sybeck1
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To: Terry Mross

I have Comcast and I have only the Internet, no cable TV or phone. I refuse to get either until their rates come down, and I told so when I had the TV turned off.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 1:10:56 PM PST by ducttape45 (Can you tell I'm angry?)
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To: Terry Mross

What kind of speed and what price range?


13 posted on 01/09/2013 1:13:37 PM PST by wrench
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To: Sybeck1

It would seem so. I have a guest house and the range on the AT&T is slightly less than the comcast service, causing some speed issues on our second house served off the one router. I bought a repeater or booster. My tennant says it’s good now.


14 posted on 01/09/2013 1:20:15 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Terry Mross

What kind of speed and what price range?


15 posted on 01/09/2013 1:20:36 PM PST by wrench
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To: Sybeck1

AT&T is $39 for internet and phone. I don’t even have the phone connected. So, it’s $39 for just internet and then Direct TV charges me $59 / mo for satellite TV service w/ DVR.


16 posted on 01/09/2013 1:23:19 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Morris70

Net Zero is indeed inexpensive, no-frills for ten bucks a month. There are two caveats however, dialup speed, and the additional cost for a landline, which when combined can equal the cost of the cheapest high-speed plan. So it’s a wash.


17 posted on 01/09/2013 1:24:49 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: bigmak007

I dumped Comcast for Centurylink in December.


18 posted on 01/09/2013 1:25:45 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: Terry Mross

Comcast does too have Internet only. I’ve been an Internet only customer for almost ten years. Btw I pay 19.95/mo for my access as I complain loudly when they try raising my bill. AT&T is an option for me, which I threaten to go to every time they try jacking up my bill.


19 posted on 01/09/2013 1:25:45 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Terry Mross

I know a business owner that wanted to order Comcast internet and phone for his office. But not TV. The way in which Comcast (ugh)”Customer Service” people reacted to this you’d think he had asked for a full-time dedicated microwave link with Alpha Centauri.

What, you want us to break the bundle? We can’t break the bundle. You don’t want television? Nobody doesn’t want television. Etc. etc. etc.

With Comcast the Customer is Always WRONG!


20 posted on 01/09/2013 1:32:32 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RandallFlagg

Can you do Netflix on Centurylink, do you know?

We want to get rid of Commycast too.


21 posted on 01/09/2013 1:40:08 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

we dumped comcast last summer for centurylink at $30 a month, and i watch netflix all the time over it. The netflix servers are less reliable than centurylink.
one caveat: the customer service is somewhere in tijuana, based on my experience, and they had 15 minutes of training in how to solve technical problems. they don’t know how to help me set up my non-centurylink email to come in thru my centurylink browser...they use different ports.
but cheap was the criterion, so i save maybe almost $100 a month now and put up with it.


22 posted on 01/09/2013 1:55:05 PM PST by randomwalk (Liberalism is a psychosis...)
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To: Terry Mross

I have had Comcast for probably 7 or 8 years now. I had the “triple play” package with HD TV and finally got tired of calling them every year to “cancel” in order to get the new “special” rate so I called to drop my home phone and TV part of my triple play package. I only wanted the internet part because it was blazing fast and ALWAYS working. I have never had a problem with the Comcast internet so I decided to pay for what I have experienced as a good product.

When I called to drop all but internet service they told me the “double play” package (Internet and digital/non-HD TV) was cheaper than internet only by $5. So I pay around $80 per month for their double play package. Plus they offered HD free for 6 months which I will see if they will continue after the 6 months is up. I probably won’t even waste my time calling them after the 6 months is up and just wait for the HD to go away as I don’t even use the TV part of their service. I have a special “sweet” deal with DirecTV right now for my TV service.


23 posted on 01/09/2013 1:59:59 PM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: SpaceBar

well there’s always borrowing your neighbors internet.


24 posted on 01/09/2013 2:01:06 PM PST by Morris70
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To: randomwalk
Thanks. That is another issue, will need a new e-mail addy. Will look for something that doesn't depend on my provider.
25 posted on 01/09/2013 2:05:47 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: bigmak007

Centurylink in Seattle offers unlimited internet for `9.95 month, but you have to bundle with unlimited nationwide land-line service.

Still a good deal, I pay 60 a month for Inet and Phone.

Alot of folks are dropping land lines for cell service, PERISH THE THOUGHT!

The cell phone industry is probably near the biggest rip-off ever - all the money, all the phones with all their BS apps, and the actual voice communication part is barely acceptable, at best.

I do have a cell phone, it’s a miracle I’ve avoided chucking that junk in the river!
(so far)!!


26 posted on 01/09/2013 2:09:04 PM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Terry Mross

I signed up for “Basic DSL for Life” around five years ago for $14.95/month; they’re still honoring even after Frontier took over from Verizon. I actually don’t want higher speed service as we generally keep the kids off videos and discourage downloads. 768 Kbps on a good day and less in the evening is a great way to keep the videos jerky and halting. hahaha No iPhones either hahahaha


27 posted on 01/09/2013 2:36:04 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Terry Mross

I have this....never will do comcast again!!!!
50.00 month...

http://internet.clear.com/?s_clid=b4d7cbdbfb29b76b27fa52513ffe89a1&gclid=CIurk9PC3LQCFUWo4AodnycACg


28 posted on 01/09/2013 4:28:45 PM PST by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: Terry Mross

Call Comcast and cancel the phone & TV, keep the Internet.
I only have their data service. It’s a bit pricy at $65/mo but fast and no apparent cap. Use your cell phones for voice service, and get an AppleTV + Netflix + Hulu for video, on demand, few or no ads.

While not hell-bent on dumping Comcast, I’m always watching for a viable alternative.


29 posted on 01/09/2013 4:33:09 PM PST by ctdonath2 (End of debate. Your move.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
We had Comcast business class at work. We didn’t have cable TV or telephone.
30 posted on 01/09/2013 6:17:33 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: MileHi
Should be able to. Netflix probably has a minimum bandwidth which most ISPs provide.
31 posted on 01/09/2013 6:20:08 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Ingtar

They told me they only have the “double” deal. Maybe for new customers they’ll give you internet only.


32 posted on 01/09/2013 8:32:28 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I post so people who hate me will know what I think. And they can't seem to stop reading. LOL)
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To: kingu

I can get ATT for the same deal as yours. Goes to $45 after six months.


33 posted on 01/09/2013 8:33:19 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I post so people who hate me will know what I think. And they can't seem to stop reading. LOL)
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Thanks to everyone.

Isn’t it interesting that comcast owns one satelite service and ATT owns the other. And I believe those two get are in collusion. Every politician in this country is bought and paid for.


34 posted on 01/09/2013 8:35:20 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I post so people who hate me will know what I think. And they can't seem to stop reading. LOL)
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To: blackdog

In my zip code internet only is $39 then jumps to $45 after six months. So, you can see, the prices are different for different locations. They’re probably a lot cheaper in Sheila Jackson Lee’s part of Houston than they are in The Woodlands.


35 posted on 01/09/2013 8:38:12 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I post so people who hate me will know what I think. And they can't seem to stop reading. LOL)
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To: Terry Mross

Aaah,The Woodlands.

Spent a week there visiting friends.

.


36 posted on 01/09/2013 8:41:00 PM PST by Mears
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To: dhs12345

Going to look into it. Comcast sucks.


37 posted on 01/09/2013 9:05:09 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ctdonath2

How ‘bout this? In my area they’re now offering cable and internet for $69.99 for 12 months. And it SAYS even for existing customers. We’ll call them tomorrow and get the fine print.

It’s sad that these monopolies exist. And they exist because they’ve bought all the politicians. I don’t believe there’s one who can’t be bought.


38 posted on 01/09/2013 9:22:01 PM PST by Terry Mross (Liberal people who hate me read my posts. It drives them nuts. hee hee)
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To: Terry Mross

When you’ve gone without TV for a while you don’t want it back. I get “add cable TV to your Internet for $2/mo!” offers, but have no interest.


39 posted on 01/10/2013 7:35:45 AM PST by ctdonath2 (End of debate. Your move.)
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This is a good site for information.

http://www.dslreports.com/search

Type in your zip code and go.


40 posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:41 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: Terry Mross

your local library might have free internet, both desktops and wi-fi.


41 posted on 01/10/2013 8:17:50 AM PST by isom35
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To: blackdog

We just switched from Comcast to AT&T U-verse. Not only is it less expensive than Comcast, but also it qualifies us for a 12% discount on our AT&T cellular service.


42 posted on 01/10/2013 8:27:55 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Terry Mross
Depending on how much, and what type surfing you do, you may want to look into getting a Verizon USB air card. The device itself can be had (used) for as little as $15. The renewable (no contract) plans can be had on a monthly basis (5GB for $80, 3GB for $50).

If you have a laptop, you essentially have full internet connectivity anywhere you might go.

They also have a 4G mobile hotspot and a similar plan I've been looking into, but the only hesitation I've had so far is that the 3G has, and continues to serve all my needs adequately...

44 posted on 01/10/2013 8:32:30 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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New info! As I said, I have “triple play” with Comcast for $117.00 a month. On the internet there is an offer of $69 per month for new or EXISTING customers for internet and cable for 6 months. Guess what. The $69 offer for EXISTING customers is only for EXISTING customers who already have internet. But I have to pay $89 per month PLUS it’s for 24 months. So, if I drop the phone land line my charges drop by around $20 but I have to agree to a 24 month contract with a $350 early cancellation fee.

My wife argued on the phone this morning for over 3 hours. All we get is “I’m sorry but there’s nothing I can do.”

So, bottom line, if I don’t find something from one of the places you guys are suggesting, I’m going off the grid completely.


45 posted on 01/10/2013 8:59:25 AM PST by Terry Mross (R)
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To: reg45

U-Verse isn’t available in my area. They got together with Comcast and divided up the territories.


46 posted on 01/10/2013 9:12:59 AM PST by Terry Mross (R)
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To: isom35

I may be doing that. Drive to the library once a month. ha!


47 posted on 01/10/2013 9:13:56 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: MileHi

Centurylink is not available in my area. From what I’ve learned the only ISPs in my area are ATT and Comcast. That’s wny I use the word “monopoly”.


48 posted on 01/10/2013 9:20:42 AM PST by Terry Mross
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