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Good news! Comcast is willing to extend their lines the 1.22 miles to get me cable internet!

PingSpike

Lifer
Feb 25, 2004
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All I have to do is sign up for a 2 year contract and pay $23,012 and they'll take $45/mo so I can download all the porn I want! Yeah!

That $80/mo for an ISDN line seems a lot more reasonable.

Actually, if I get 12 other people to agree to 2 year service contracts that live between me and the line plant it would be free. I drove down the road today and counted 11 houses between me and where I think the cable ends, that weren't on their own private roads.
 

mugs

Lifer
Apr 29, 2003
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Sign up for 13 accounts yourself. That'd only be $14040 for the 2 years. Hot deal!
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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Originally posted by: PingSpike
All I have to do is sign up for a 2 year contract and pay $23,012 and they'll take $45/mo so I can download all the porn I want! Yeah!

That $80/mo for an ISDN line seems a lot more reasonable.

Actually, if I get 12 other people to agree to 2 year service contracts that live between me and the line plant it would be free. I drove down the road today and counted 11 houses between me and where I think the cable ends, that weren't on their own private roads.
That's a hell of a lot of work just to get Comcast internet access, which probably has the worst customer satisfaction scores in the business. I can practically guarantee that they're going to throttle your porn downloading speed pretty quickly as well :)

Hell... For that price, you lease your own fractional T1 line for a few years! You might even be able to recover some of those costs by reselling some of that bandwidth to your neighbors.
 

AgaBoogaBoo

Lifer
Feb 16, 2003
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Internet access at residential homes is dirt cheap, don't complain. It's oversold to hell, but it's not any different at the datacenter level. I'm not sure what my point is, but end consumers really don't have to pay much at all for what they get.
 

mugs

Lifer
Apr 29, 2003
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Originally posted by: ZeroIQ
Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
23k?
x2

wait, what? This makes no sense at all, you have to pay 23k? You're going to have to explain a bit more...
There are no cable lines running to his house. He lives in a place where running the cables is not profitable to the cable company (yes, these places still exist in the US :Q). If he wants cable, he has to foot the bill.
 

GeekDrew

Diamond Member
Jun 7, 2000
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Originally posted by: AgaBoogaBoo
Internet access at residential homes is dirt cheap, don't complain. It's oversold to hell, but it's not any different at the datacenter level. I'm not sure what my point is, but end consumers really don't have to pay much at all for what they get.
No, it's just that datacenters get away with charging more than the cost of a human life per TB of bandwidth.
 

Sqube

Diamond Member
Dec 23, 2004
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Umm... I think you're highly overrating the "honor" of using Comcast cable. You should ask the people at the tail-end who are getting service what they think. Focus on customer service (or the disgusting lack thereof).

Think about the agony when your connection goes down, and the fact that you will not be able to find anyone on the phone who can help you.
 

KillerCharlie

Diamond Member
Aug 21, 2005
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Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: ZeroIQ
Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
23k?
x2

wait, what? This makes no sense at all, you have to pay 23k? You're going to have to explain a bit more...
There are no cable lines running to his house. He lives in a place where running the cables is not profitable to the cable company (yes, these places still exist in the US :Q). If he wants cable, he has to foot the bill.
I'm not surprised by the cost, I'm surprised by the fact he's willing to pay it. Yes, I am familiar with these kinds of places in the US... my parents live far, far away from anywhere that has cable.
 

mugs

Lifer
Apr 29, 2003
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Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: ZeroIQ
Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
23k?
x2

wait, what? This makes no sense at all, you have to pay 23k? You're going to have to explain a bit more...
There are no cable lines running to his house. He lives in a place where running the cables is not profitable to the cable company (yes, these places still exist in the US :Q). If he wants cable, he has to foot the bill.
I'm not surprised by the cost, I'm surprised by the fact he's willing to pay it.
I think he was being sarcastic. ;)
 

PingSpike

Lifer
Feb 25, 2004
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I am currently posting from a dialup connection. I don't think you understand the hell that I must endure. I am somewhere around 23,000FT from the verizon CO.

Whats kind of ironic is my next door neighbor is a comcast onsite repair guy.
 

PingSpike

Lifer
Feb 25, 2004
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Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: ZeroIQ
Originally posted by: KillerCharlie
23k?
x2

wait, what? This makes no sense at all, you have to pay 23k? You're going to have to explain a bit more...
There are no cable lines running to his house. He lives in a place where running the cables is not profitable to the cable company (yes, these places still exist in the US :Q). If he wants cable, he has to foot the bill.
I'm not surprised by the cost, I'm surprised by the fact he's willing to pay it.
I think he was being sarcastic. ;)
Oh course I was! As was correctly pointed out...I could probably get a T1 for less.

The silver lining though is my town just signed an agreement to lay fiber throughout as a public utility. To early to tell if it'll amount to anything, but it sounds promising. But thats probably at least 2 years away!
 

PingSpike

Lifer
Feb 25, 2004
21,602
455
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Originally posted by: AgaBoogaBoo
Internet access at residential homes is dirt cheap, don't complain. It's oversold to hell, but it's not any different at the datacenter level. I'm not sure what my point is, but end consumers really don't have to pay much at all for what they get.
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't call a one time startup fee of 23 thousand dollars "not much at all"!

Seriously, I might get ISDN but its just into the realm of expensive enough that I really don't want to pay it...but cheap enough I'm actually considering it.

80/mo line fee, 21/mo unlimited (I think) 10-20 ISP...probably a bunch of BS fees too.
 

drpootums

Golden Member
Oct 22, 2004
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I'm on dial-up right now (live about 3 miles from where service ends for DSL or cable). I know it sucks, but you gotta learn to live with it.
 

vailr

Diamond Member
Oct 9, 1999
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Find someone currently using Comcast closest to you, preferably with a good line-of-sight.
Check Yahoo or Google satellite maps for best chance of success.
Better if there's no road traffic, vegetation, etc. that could interfere in between them and you.
Offer to pay for them to share their Comcast internet service, by installing a WiFi router with an upgraded directional antenna pointed towards your location.
May require a series of 2 or 3 in-between WiFi routers, which might tend to slow down your connection.
Some broadband providers actually encourage sharing via WiFi; Speakeasy DSL being one example.
 

skyking

Lifer
Nov 21, 2001
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At work, crapcast wanted $1900 to bring cable into the building, from a <gasp> huge distance of 250 feet. They truly suck.
 

Mill

Lifer
Oct 10, 1999
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Originally posted by: PingSpike
Originally posted by: AgaBoogaBoo
Internet access at residential homes is dirt cheap, don't complain. It's oversold to hell, but it's not any different at the datacenter level. I'm not sure what my point is, but end consumers really don't have to pay much at all for what they get.
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't call a one time startup fee of 23 thousand dollars "not much at all"!

Seriously, I might get ISDN but its just into the realm of expensive enough that I really don't want to pay it...but cheap enough I'm actually considering it.

80/mo line fee, 21/mo unlimited (I think) 10-20 ISP...probably a bunch of BS fees too.
 

Mill

Lifer
Oct 10, 1999
28,558
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Originally posted by: PingSpike
Originally posted by: AgaBoogaBoo
Internet access at residential homes is dirt cheap, don't complain. It's oversold to hell, but it's not any different at the datacenter level. I'm not sure what my point is, but end consumers really don't have to pay much at all for what they get.
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't call a one time startup fee of 23 thousand dollars "not much at all"!

Seriously, I might get ISDN but its just into the realm of expensive enough that I really don't want to pay it...but cheap enough I'm actually considering it.

80/mo line fee, 21/mo unlimited (I think) 10-20 ISP...probably a bunch of BS fees too.
Why in God's name would you pay that for ISDN when you could pay less and get satellite internet? My parents have WildBlue, and it is not bad at all, and is way way way faster than ISDN. It gets DSL speeds (1.5-2.0 meg).
 

wetcat007

Diamond Member
Nov 5, 2002
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Originally posted by: PingSpike
All I have to do is sign up for a 2 year contract and pay $23,012 and they'll take $45/mo so I can download all the porn I want! Yeah!

That $80/mo for an ISDN line seems a lot more reasonable.

Actually, if I get 12 other people to agree to 2 year service contracts that live between me and the line plant it would be free. I drove down the road today and counted 11 houses between me and where I think the cable ends, that weren't on their own private roads.
Paying for 12 people's service would only be $12,960 over the course of two years... lol
 

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