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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
4/30/2019 3:54:51 PM
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Infusion
"With the billions of taxpayer funds infused...."

That's a good word to use to describe the process: "infused." Like an infusion of tea, the ingredients just diffuse more and more until all that is left is the taste!

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/16/2019 8:18:24 AM
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Re: wow!
I'm still waiting for advertising and marketing that is simple to understand without all the fine print and sizzle that most "deals" advertise. All the speeds advertised as "up to" and the prices "as low as" add to consumers distrust of the companies using these old advertising gimmicks. And of course the prices guranteed for 12 months with a doubling after that doesn't give a sense of satisfaction to a new customer either.

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Ariella
Ariella
4/10/2019 9:02:19 AM
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Re: wow!
<they slow it down when I have used up all my capacity instead of charging for it > @srulofo1 Interesting, I didn't know such an option existed. I guess that's like having your credit card not allow charges above a certain threshold. I can see the appeal of that for some who need to stick to a budget, but if you'd rather have the capacity and pay for it, they should accommodate your preference. 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
4/10/2019 2:10:18 AM
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Re: wow!
Indeed--so have I--if only such technology could be leveraged in a cost effective way for cell phones (without jumping thru hoopes!!) :) 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
4/10/2019 2:04:27 AM
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Re: wow!
Bundle pricing is always fun to analyze--although their value is dubious at best.    It all depends on what one wants to leverage it for.

 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
4/10/2019 2:03:25 AM
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Re: wow!
I have had AT&T Service for years and they've been great--I have also had Sprint Service during my corporate stints (and have not been that impressed).   The key is to leverage what you can in a smart way.  

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srufolo1
srufolo1
4/10/2019 1:50:30 AM
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Unfair
Service providers steer clear of rural areas because there probably just is not enough money to be made in such areas. It's ashame, but it seems the little guy always gets screwed. Those who have the least seem to pay through their noses for just about everything, not only broadband.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
4/10/2019 1:41:41 AM
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Re: wow!
@Ariella I agree about AT&T's customer service. They will stay on the line with you untll they feel they have resolved all your issues. The only issue I can't seem to get resolved is the billing. It's inconsistent, some months higher than others, and they give me no real explanation for it. It can't be my database use, because they slow it down when I have used up all my capacity instead of charging for it (another problem). 

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afwriter
afwriter
4/9/2019 11:40:21 PM
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Re: wow!
I feel as though it is going in the opposite direction now though, where cable companies are trying their hardest to get cord cutters and cord never to resubscribe to cable through tricky bundle deals. 

It used to be that they tried to bundle internet with cable and/or phone, but now they are trying to bundle cable with internet. 

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/9/2019 9:37:22 AM
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Re: wow!
I've been using Google's "Voice" VOIP phone service for years, eliminating monthly costs for phone service, without any real problems. Of course the only cost is the cable service but with minimal internet speeds it works quite well. And being in a rural area the choices for internet or cable or DSL, with cable being the best buy at the moment with into $20 monthly and no added taxes.

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