Saturday, July 05, 2014

Cable: It Still Sucks

     Not me, I haven't got cable.  Threw them out long ago.  This guy, he's stuck with Comcast.


Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

We have the same problem, except for POTS, which we can still get from AT&T. But even though I can nearly spit and hit one of their DSLAMs on 79th from my back door, "No UVerse for you!"

High time for the city to cancel all the exclusive territories and let the digital fall where it may.

rickn8or said...

And if you ever do get UVerse for the Internets, AT&T will lay waste to vast forests in mailings to get you to add TV to your service.

What little bit of TeeVee I watch is snatched from the air, the way it should be.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

The funny thing? AT&T already bombards me with letters telling me that UVerse is available in my area and that I should get it.

So I go online and use their tool and guess what? Not so much.

We used to be on a pair-gain network in this neighborhood, because we were so far from the CO in Broad Ripple. When they switched us to the CO at 86th and Michigan (back when I was in high school -- and we lost the phone number we'd had since my parents lived in Ripple in the '50's, when it was still a six-digit CL exchange number), supposedly they rewired things. But we're still 15K+ feet from the CO, so DSL has never been available. We had hopes for UVerse since it's fiber to the neighborhood, but as noted, they've apparently never actually lit the fiber coming over here...

I suspect this neighborhood is considered too "rich" for AT&T's mandate to serve the "under-served" segment of the population. So I shake my head (in sorrow, not in anger) every time I pass expensive DSLAM installations next to neighborhoods full of homes that are about to fall in on themselves.