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Comments on news posted 2012-10-03 12:53:46: Directly on the heels of Time Warner Cable charging their customers a new $2.95 modem rental fee, Bright House Communications has started charging a modem rental fee of their own. ..

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neonhomer
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Edgewater, FL

Another fee...

Great... another reason for Brighthouse to collect more money. Bad thing is the users who are on digital phone don't have an option to use their own equipment... Otherwise, I would gladly drag my Motorola SB out of the box...


hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

BH & TWC

Isn't BH still part of some how connected to TWC? At one time BH was TWC in a good share of Michigan until TW and & AOL merged.



AMejia1976

join:2000-07-29
Kissimmee, FL

One less box of Fodge Rounds!

While I am not happy about the fee I also think the benefits are worth it. I have gone thru 2 modems over the past 2 years due to lighting damage. There are also no retail MTA's for those who also have phone service.

The Motorola SURFboard SB5101U DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modem sells for $52.99 at Amazon.com. »www.amazon.com/Motorola-SURFboar···02M3SHXA That means it will take me almost 27 months to pay for the modem and hope it does not get fried!

The way I see it I just have to buy one less box of Fudge Rounds »www.littledebbie.com/products/fu···unds.asp this month.
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hottboiinnc
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join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

No Modem Fees & No Frills

From what is being stated to myself and around the Internet, a new no-frills Internet company will soon be launching this month. Services include, xDSL, 4G LTE/WiMax Services, VoIP, and Cable reaching 99% of ALL cable customers. TV services in limited areas (WITHOUT price hikes) and IPTV launching in 2013 across the entire US - regardless of your ISP. This company also does NOT impose caps.


tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

1 recommendation

collusion

people should start the letter writing & phone calls to congress... apparently cable companies are colluding to raise prices beyond what consumers can stand.. and this tend to happen when one company starts.. and others follow lock-step because they think they can get away with it..

it' the very definition of price collusion and not a REAL cost of doing business

»vocabulary-vocabulary.com/dictio···sion.php


hottboiinnc
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Cleveland, OH

Congress won't get in the middle. They're not in DC to police businesses and businesses will sue them until the US goes and barrows more money from China and RBS.



cableties
Premium
join:2005-01-27
reply to AMejia1976

Re: One less box of Fodge Rounds!

Agreed. If you factor a DOCSIS 3.0 (Sb6141) at $100 on Amazon, it will take 33 months to break even.
If you've gone through 2 modems in 2 years, the $3/month is worth it right there.

Plus there is the "tech" advantage. Why buy a Docsis 2.0 if you are getting 3.0 service and speed packages, yes?

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88615298
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West Tenness

1 recommendation

reply to neonhomer

Re: Another fee...

said by neonhomer:

Great... another reason for Brighthouse to collect more money. Bad thing is the users who are on digital phone don't have an option to use their own equipment... Otherwise, I would gladly drag my Motorola SB out of the box...

Yes they have an option. Don't get Brighthouse phone service.


88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to tmc8080

Re: collusion

I guess Charter didn't get the memo since they recently dumped their $7 a month modem rental fee.



ArrayList
netbus developer
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join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL
reply to AMejia1976

Re: One less box of Fodge Rounds!

I've owned my own equipment for almost 10 years. never have had a modem get fried. Only time I have replaced it is going from docsis 1.1 to 2 to 3.


sam64

join:2006-07-31
Newtown, PA
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·Verizon FiOS

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88-yr old's analogy -- coming soon to a restaurant near you

The 88 year old customer gave a fine analogy .... "It's like charging $2 to wash your dishes at a restaurant."

I soon expect many of the tech savvy fine dining establishments in this country imposing a $1 dishwashing and china/cutlery maintenance surcharge on every dish ordered.

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"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them." - Albert Einstein



AMejia1976

join:2000-07-29
Kissimmee, FL
reply to ArrayList

Re: One less box of Fodge Rounds!

Here in FL is a bit different. We get over 5000 lighting strikes in just the Orlando area during some of our storms. Central Florida is the lighting capital of the world!!!
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ArrayList
netbus developer
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join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

it probably also helps that I have buried coax.



AdamB

join:2001-01-07
Columbus, OH
reply to hottboiinnc

Re: No Modem Fees & No Frills

Wake up! I think you're dreaming. If not what is this company called?



88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to sam64

Re: 88-yr old's analogy -- coming soon to a restaurant near you

said by sam64:

The 88 year old customer gave a fine analogy .... "It's like charging $2 to wash your dishes at a restaurant."

I soon expect many of the tech savvy fine dining establishments in this country imposing a $1 dishwashing and china/cutlery maintenance surcharge on every dish ordered.

I'm sorry but you take the dishes home at a restaurant? Nope.


n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

Modem Picture

The picture associated with this article is a Motorola SB5100, which I happen to have with Optimum. I notice it is not on the list of approved modems from Bright House.
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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
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reply to hottboiinnc

Re: collusion

said by hottboiinnc:

Congress won't get in the middle. They're not in DC to police businesses and businesses will sue them until the US goes and barrows more money from China and RBS.

there is precedent for congress actually listening to the people who vote for them.. not saying it always works or even more than half the time.. but on issues people consider important.. such as ones that can make a hornet's nest look like a slo-mo porn movie..


ptrowski
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Putnam, CT
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reply to hottboiinnc

Re: No Modem Fees & No Frills

Yeah, Never NeverLand Cable?



Cthen

join:2004-08-01
Detroit, MI
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reply to hottboiinnc

said by hottboiinnc:

From what is being stated to myself and around the Internet, a new no-frills Internet company will soon be launching this month. Services include, xDSL, 4G LTE/WiMax Services, VoIP, and Cable reaching 99% of ALL cable customers. TV services in limited areas (WITHOUT price hikes) and IPTV launching in 2013 across the entire US - regardless of your ISP. This company also does NOT impose caps.

Got any sources of this or just the usual spit out some FUD and run?
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toby
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join:2001-11-13
Seattle, WA
reply to 88615298

Re: 88-yr old's analogy -- coming soon to a restaurant near you

Without the dishes, they wouldn't be able to sell you food.

The same for the modem, without a modem you can't get service.

Just raise the monthly rate, make it clear, simple, be honest.


b10010011
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join:2004-09-07
Bellingham, WA
Reviews:
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Buy your own but beware...

Once you own your modem no matter what happens YOUR MODEM will be at fault.

I could call my cable company (starts with a "C" )and say my service is out and I can see the cable running to my house is laying in the street. Their response would be "I am sorry sir we have no other reports of service outages or downed wires in your area. According to our records you are using a personally owned modem. So you will need to contact your modem manufacturer for support."
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b10010011
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Bellingham, WA
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reply to hottboiinnc

Re: No Modem Fees & No Frills

said by hottboiinnc:

From what is being stated to myself and around the Internet, a new no-frills Internet company will soon be launching this month. Services include, xDSL, 4G LTE/WiMax Services, VoIP, and Cable reaching 99% of ALL cable customers. TV services in limited areas (WITHOUT price hikes) and IPTV launching in 2013 across the entire US - regardless of your ISP. This company also does NOT impose caps.

LOL Dream on

They are going to provide services over four different technologies?

Who's network? Who's infrastructure?
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hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

TWC, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, Verizon, Frontier, Charter and CentLink. customers can start signing up next week.


hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
reply to Cthen

It's not FUD and I don't run. I know what I'm talking about. Press Releases will be sent out tomorrow including one to DSLR.


hottboiinnc
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join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
reply to Cthen

...

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hottboiinnc
ME

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Cleveland, OH
reply to AdamB

Re: No Modem Fees & No Frills

I think you are dreaming on not realizing its possible. How do you think Earthlink offers cable access at wholesale rates, they go and actually worked to get access. TWC also has a number of other resellers such as www.wcoil.com



BimmerE38FN

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reply to neonhomer

Re: Another fee...

Have you checked to see if Motorola SVB or SVG series of cable/phone modems would work on your ISP system? Motorola has several cable models with phone service options. Might be worth checking out.

»www.motorola.com/Video-Solutions···nd-eMTAs



Noah Vail
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Lorton, VA
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One more reason to move to FiOS

I suppose BH did this to compete with Verizon's $1.99 mystery fee.

BH did it better though. They used a bigger number than Verizon.
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AdamB

join:2001-01-07
Columbus, OH
reply to hottboiinnc

Re: No Modem Fees & No Frills

Uh huh. How do you know about it when there is not a peep on the internets? If you aren't BSing, then I'll be one of the first to sign up.


swbrains

join:2004-04-14
Wesley Chapel, FL
reply to neonhomer

Re: Another fee...

As much as I disagree with this fee and would prefer to own my own equipment, BH have calculated the increase wisely.

If it were a $10/month fee, many customers would bail and bring their own modem as the payback period would be quite short. But at $2/month vs. $100 for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, the payback on the investment is over 4 years (assuming the fee remains the same during that period).

Given the lengthy break-even period, how can I be sure that my personally-owned DOCSIS 3.0 modem will still be usable for the service(s) I have subscribed to (or may switch to) until it's paid for itself?

And that's not considering the possibility of failure. I've certainly had enough routers that have not lasted more than 18 months. If my own modem dies after year or two, the ROI period becomes even longer...

Ultimately, for me, it just makes Fios (which is available at my house) a more competitive option. Particularly since my BH "promotion" expired last month and my bill went up by $10 even before the $2 modem fee.