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Old 04-29-08, 08:03 AM   #1
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Comcast = lame

My regional ISP/Cable provider was just swallowed up by Comcast, rates have already gone up, now I have to transfer my email to the new @comcast.net, problem is it doesn't work. Phone CS was lame, hopefully they won't pull the plug on my current mail anytime soon. Just a little vent...
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Thanks a lot. My cable was just swallowed by comcast too. Nice to know what I'm in for.
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Get yourself another free e-mail. Comcast e-mail is just about the worst ever.
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Old 04-29-08, 08:59 AM   #4
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You must have had Insight too. I liked their service! I'm not thrilled with Comcast either.
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Old 04-29-08, 09:01 AM   #5
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Comcast, I believe, sells their email lists.
I get the worst spam on that email. (their corp partners, as well as PEni$ enlargement, knock-off handbags and watches and all the LEGAL pharma I can get my hands on!)

I use gmail. awesome, free and really great features.
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Thanks a lot. My cable was just swallowed by comcast too. Nice to know what I'm in for.
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Good luck and enjoy. Read the fine print in the new contract, they are getting slammed for some pretty poor business practices with forced bandwidth throttling.

Enjoy, I don't have them up here but I read the horror stories in almost any tech review.
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I hope the bad business practice accusations actually do something. From what I see, there is a bunch of whining on blogs about it, but nothing is being done other than an ocassional "naughty, naughty" finger waggled in Comcast's direction.

I hate to be cynical, but its only a matter of time until Comcast's (mis)treatment of its customers will spread to other ISPs with active connection denial and other stuff. Its just like airlines where they can treat customers like refuse and get away with it.
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Yup, Comcast suck. I had cable internet with ATT when Comcast swallowed them 4-5 years ago. My rates jumped by $10 and when I called customer support they basically told me thats the way it is, Deal with it. So, when the term ended I cancelled my service with them and bid them f***ing adieu!
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I hope the bad business practice accusations actually do something. From what I see, there is a bunch of whining on blogs about it, but nothing is being done other than an ocassional "naughty, naughty" finger waggled in Comcast's direction.

I hate to be cynical, but its only a matter of time until Comcast's (mis)treatment of its customers will spread to other ISPs with active connection denial and other stuff. Its just like airlines where they can treat customers like refuse and get away with it.
Bell is already doing it against 3rd part isp's purchasing bandwidth.

In reality comcast needs to take the hit in the pocket book, but with rumours of big companies giving money to comcast to create priorities for their product etc...this has a lot of long term issues built in.
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I wonder how long it will be until website owners have to pay each ISP for "priority access" for each link, or else get 28.8k speeds shared amongst all the visitors, or just no connection period.

ISPs are already double dipping -- they get money for each person connected, and for all but home users, they get cash for each bit over their wires.
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I wonder how long it will be until website owners have to pay each ISP for "priority access" for each link, or else get 28.8k speeds shared amongst all the visitors, or just no connection period.

ISPs are already double dipping -- they get money for each person connected, and for all but home users, they get cash for each bit over their wires.
The potential for corruption is huge, it was only a matter of time before someone start pinching...

I have a feeling net neutrality discussions will be around for sometime
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I'm showing my cynical side here, but I believe the net neutrality discussions will be around, but they will do as much help as discussions about the Iraq war.

What really is needed is another way to connect points, but this is hard because the winners in the wireless spectrum war are the same yoyos who do the cable. Perhaps utility companies should step in and offer IP over power lines. Barring that, there isn't much else, other than point to point lasers, dark fiber, and perhaps wireless meshes, all which are fairly limited.
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Old 04-29-08, 08:56 PM   #14
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I have used Comcast for my ISP for the last several years, and have never used the Comcast e-mail address. For that matter, I don't even know if I have one because I was never provided with one. Of course owning several domains, I never inquired, but I still found it odd that they never asked what I'd like it to be. My mother, they assigned her some lame address with numbers in it. She set one up the way she would have if asked originally, so it's not like it was used and needed numbers added to it.
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Old 04-29-08, 09:58 PM   #15
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Comcast just swallowed up my cable here. If I lose speedtv, heads will ROLL, preferably those at comcast.
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Old 04-29-08, 11:31 PM   #16
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Comcast is teh suck about pricing and customer service, but somehow they're better than Broadstripe which is the company I'm stuck with in my new place.

I'm ditching their (Broadstripe) internet service (which is spotty at best) and I'm on Clearwire. I'm getting similar speeds, but I don't do any large throughput applications like Warcraft or other online games. When they (Clearwire) move to Y-max broadcasting in early '09, they'll be running at 15Mbps.
Best part of it is I can hook it up to the inverter in my car and have my Jeep on wireless broadband. (Good entertainment when carting friends around.)
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Old 04-29-08, 11:32 PM   #17
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I'm showing my cynical side here, but I believe the net neutrality discussions will be around, but they will do as much help as discussions about the Iraq war.

What really is needed is another way to connect points, but this is hard because the winners in the wireless spectrum war are the same yoyos who do the cable. Perhaps utility companies should step in and offer IP over power lines. Barring that, there isn't much else, other than point to point lasers, dark fiber, and perhaps wireless meshes, all which are fairly limited.
Or...they cable companies could come up with really complex tiered systems

5$ - 1meg up and down - we will control bandwidth on all streaming and p2p
10$ - 1meg up and down - no bandwidth throttling
etc....

Our laws and isp's up here are a little different. I don't see it as being a big a problem up here as in the states. Now that the bell thing is out of the bad, I imagine I will be hearing about it on gov't TV in the upcoming months

I agree, unless it affects the majority no one will care. I think the only time mass public will care is if and when media centers start offering more exclusive content online and suddenly their 30$ internet connection can't play it due to isp based bandwidth throttling. Until then, its really a discussion amongst the geeks
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I've had Comcast digital for a long time now and have not had a days trouble. Must be regional thing.
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no. you're just not paying attention.
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Comcast just swallowed up my cable here. If I lose speedtv, heads will ROLL, preferably those at comcast.
We have Comcast and get Speed.

I have had little or no trouble with Comcast service, but the price just keeps on getting higher all the time.
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comcast tends to be full of crap. when i moved into the house i live in now, i called twice, and my roommate called twice, offering us different prices for cable & internet each time we called. the first three times, they tried to charge us $120+.. the last time, like 65. there's no rhyme or reason to it.
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I'm not fan of Comcast, but I will say this: Last year RCN's Versus feed was messed up for every single spring classic. I finally threw in the towel and switched back to Comcast a week before the Tour started last year.

If they have any competition in your market, I encourage you to switch back and forth once every 12-18 months. You can usually negotiate better rates.
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