My continued fight to get broadband internet

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by AndyMarquisLive, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    So, I moved a couple weeks ago. When I moved, I called Centurylink to have my service transferred. So, imagine my surprise when they said after I moved that it couldn't be transferred.

    I was using Playstation Vue for TV and now all I get are the five locals (WRAL, ABC11, CBS North Carolina, The CW and FOX50). In other words, my Samsung LED TV and my Roku are completely useless wastes of money now.

    Anyway, I found the phone line. So, I called today and asked why DSL wasn't available if the phone line was there. Turns out that, when they put the phone lines in, they weren't DSL compatible, and this wasn't long ago either. The phone lines that were put in three years ago only support dial-up internet ... in the year 2017.

    So, in order to get TV, my options are Dish Network, which is terrible, and AT&T, which is expensive as hell. As for internet, my only option as of now is to use my AT&T phone as a hotspot.

    It's 2017 ... how are we still not only using but pursuing 30 year old technology? Meanwhile, Google Fiber is now available in Raleigh.:rolleyes:
     
  2. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger Go Kyle Go

    Note to self, next time I move check on internet access
     
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  3. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I did. ISP said they serviced my new address and then, SURPRISE! Lied to me like Hillary or Kellyanne.
     
  4. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Crew Chief

    Where the hell do you live


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  5. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    In 1994.
     
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  6. lisa

    lisa Kurt Busch fan

    I love Directv.

    I had to change my phone service. Straight talk did not work at my new house. I had to change to Verizon, pay as you go.

    I'm really sorry, Andy, that you are having such big problems. sucks bad.
     
  7. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's beyond frustrating, especially since I have to pay four times as much for TV (and not get things like Netflix or On Demand or any modern conveniences that the rest of the country has enjoyed for 15+ years).
     
  8. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I can get 750 kbps internet for $650/month. :lol2:
     
  9. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger Go Kyle Go

    Aw hell, the was funny
     
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  10. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger Go Kyle Go

    That sucks
     
  11. blue92

    blue92 Team Owner

    Have you tried Hugesnet?
     
  12. *WEAVER*

    *WEAVER* Team Owner

    That's only $7800 a year for internet, I'd go for it.
     
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  13. AndyMarquisLive

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  14. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's better than Dish by a country mile.
     
  15. Brentford

    Brentford Crew Chief

    I'm on 1 1/2 weeks without home Internet. It doesn't seem like a long time, but I havent taken my laptop anywhere to access a public wifi hopspot yet. I spent $10 more to double my cell phone 4G data from 5gb to 10gb. So far everything I have needed to do I have been able to do with my phone. Defintely beats paying $87 a month for Internet. Only thing I miss is not being able to browse countless hours of Youtube videos.
     
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  16. Magnethead

    Magnethead Admin & Resident Techie Staff Member

    have you looked for a WISP?

    Also, hughesnet...GAG

    Anybody want to pay our internet bill at the school district? $1500/mo per campus.
     
  17. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Admin/TimeOut Monitor Staff Member Contributor

    Andy, I don't have DSL, either.
     
  18. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Not having any TV sucks. Literally the only show that comes on any of the five that I watch is Supergirl:wub:. And the subchannels, there's one called H&I which shows a lot of sci-fi shows, but WRAL uses it for overrun when basketball comes on or reairs WRAL News on it, so shows I want to watch on it aren't ever on.

    I'm about to cave and get DIRECTV. Since it costs the same to have four boxes as one, I'll probably go buy a second TV for the living room and a couple TVs for the bedrooms.
     
  19. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I try to always be prepared for survival without that basic necessities. If I ever get caught without my unlimited Verizon data, or the broadband I have my provisions.

    The 128gb and 64gb cards are loaded with all the essential visuals. Even has a reverseible flashdrive to load between Phone and PC. And the bunker is stocked with Cheetos, and the Kokolher.
     
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  20. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Why not sell it on Let Go?
     
  21. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    I know internet broadband access is available on boats and RV's. 12 inch dish is what we saw at a recent boat show. Cost? If you want it you want it so don't complain.
     
  22. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Satellite internet is worse than using my phone as a hotspot. Comes with the same data restrictions at a higher price. Plus, it doesn't work if it's rainy -- or even cloudy. I've had it before.
     
  23. blue92

    blue92 Team Owner

    I've had Dish since 1999, have no complaints.
     
  24. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I had Dish a few years ago. Sound quality was awful and it went out any time it rained. DIRECTV is much better in terms of picture and sound quality as well as signal reliability, from my personal experiences.
     
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  25. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Admin/TimeOut Monitor Staff Member Contributor

    I had the same experience with satellite 'net --- getting put in timeout because you exceeded your daily download, sucks. I only used satellite because
    it was the only option other than dial-up. Then finally DSL became available.

    Here in the Hill Country, no DSL where I am. I do have a wireless service that's pretty reliable. Not exceedingly fast, and sometimes the heavy storms will knock out the tower, but it's better than satellite.
     
  26. CamelPowered

    CamelPowered Jimmy Spencer Never Forgets!

    Dish isn't perfect, but it's actually a lot more reliable than the cable company we had before it. No sound or picture complaints here, but we do lose signal during bad weather at times. The cable though was awful; voices constantly going out of sync, losing picture signal, having picture with no audio, etc.
     
  27. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I didn't have any issues with Playstation Vue for seven months. I've had numerous issues with Dish and DIRECTV but they're the only options out here in Bumfuck Nowhere.

    DIRECTV's billing practices are egregious.
     
  28. oldgoat

    oldgoat Team Owner

    My son recently bought a house but checked to make sure they have Cox available there. If it hadn't been he would have walked. Wanted no part of any sat system and to be honest from what the people that we know that have them I don't blame him. What seems to happen is the worse the weather the worse the reception if any at all.
     
  29. breatheoflife

    breatheoflife Team Owner

    I have internet. It works just fine.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  30. The Nature Boy

    The Nature Boy Stylin and Profilin

    I had the same thing happen to me when I lived in New Hampshire. The local cable company said that they serviced it, they came out to install my cable and then told me that the cables in the building were no longer compatible with their hardware. The only way that I could get cable would be for my landlord to replace the cables. My landlord did not replace the cables.

    I got like 2 channels over the air.
     
  31. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    And out of data for the fourth time. :rolleyes:

    My phone and computer all say I haven't used three gigs of data this week, but AT&T does. :rolleyes:
     
  32. oldgoat

    oldgoat Team Owner

    To be honest if the whole internet thing was so important why didn't it get checked on before buying? I agree that being with out the internet would be a royal pain, but I know with my kids it would be a deal breaker. My son bought a house but first he made sure that Cox would be able to provide service or else it would be a deal breaker.
     
  33. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Crew Chief

    See the second and third post in this thread...
     
  34. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It was checked on. CenturyLink lied to me like Kellyanne Conway.
     
  35. Magnethead

    Magnethead Admin & Resident Techie Staff Member

    I like WISP's and they are slowly getting more popular.
     
  36. CamelPowered

    CamelPowered Jimmy Spencer Never Forgets!

    Are there any public wifis close enough you could piggyback off them with a booster?
     
  37. oldgoat

    oldgoat Team Owner

    OK,, I didn't read the 3rd one. Wouldn't be the first time that a provider has lied. AT&T lied to me and that is why I won't go back. A person would think that there would be some kind of at least sat that would be available that would work and then use hot spot on your phone for when it doesn't.
     
  38. oldgoat

    oldgoat Team Owner

    What did CenturyLink say about the deal? Too bad?
     
  39. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I can get dial up internet.
     
  40. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    If they grow off corn stalks, sure.
     

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