Internet and TV/Cable Service issues?
Original post made by Al Henning, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jun 7, 2010
Our home is over 19,000 ft from the central switch for AT&T DSL service. As a consequence, the speed is limited to 300 kbps, and frequently under 200 kbps. (Although I am paying for 1.5 Mbps speed. And have been paying for it, for a long time.)
Repeated calls to AT&T (especially when the modem fails to synch, again because of the distance) results in the discovery that AT&T will not sell us high-speed internet unless we also subscribe to their UVerse TV service.
We don't get either satellite or cable TV, and don't really want it, both for content and cost reasons. We have tried antenna-based digital TV, but given our location reception is poor without a large, roof-based antenna, whose appearance is unwelcome.
Comcast will sell cable Internet. But, they require nearly $50 per month, require purchase or lease of a new modem, require a one-time $30 'fee' (no reason given), and require $25 for installation (even though I'm capable of installing it myself).
Can anyone tell me if there are other options for PA residents? Or are we stuck with Comcast and AT&T?