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Comments on news posted 2012-10-09 12:36:49: An insider at Charter Communications tells Broadband Reports that the company will soon start charging a $200 "activation fee" for the company's 100 Mbps tier. ..

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88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

you can afford the $200 activation fee.

I wouldn't pay $110 a month for 100 Mbps if you gave me free activation and no cap.


DaSneaky1D
what's up
Premium,MVM
join:2001-03-29
The Lou

IB4T$200AF

Own my modem and promo on 100mbps....

Feel like I made it just in time!

john_fla

join:2002-09-10
Gainesville, FL
How much of a promo?


LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX

"Premium Service"

When I think of a "Premium Service" - I think of service that comes with some sort of SLA.

Nope..

Chuck_IV

join:2003-11-18
Connecticut
reply to DaSneaky1D

Re: IB4T$200AF

said by DaSneaky1D:

Own my modem and promo on 100mbps....

Feel like I made it just in time!

And this fee is how they will get you to stay on that 100mbps speed, even when your promo runs out and the price goes up.
When your promo runs out, either pay them the higher $110/mo and avoid the $200 fee OR drop to the 30mbps package, but when you wanna go back to the 100mbps package, cough up an additional $200.

I'm on a great promo now for the 100mbps package, but when it runs out, it's back to the 30mbps.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
said by Chuck_IV:

said by DaSneaky1D:

Own my modem and promo on 100mbps....

Feel like I made it just in time!

And this fee is how they will get you to stay on that 100mbps speed, even when your promo runs out and the price goes up.
When your promo runs out, either pay them the higher $110/mo and avoid the $200 fee OR drop to the 30mbps package, but when you wanna go back to the 100mbps package, cough up an additional $200.

I'm on a great promo now for the 100mbps package, but when it runs out, it's back to the 30mbps.

There isn't a $200 activation fee on 30 Mbps. And if you're already on 100 meg and you dropped down to 30 Mbps there wouldn't be ANY activation fee at all. So please.

Bhruic

join:2002-11-27
Toronto, ON
kudos:2
reply to 88615298

Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

Is "you can afford to pay it" the metric that we are now using to determine if something is priced fairly?


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to LightS

Re: "Premium Service"

said by LightS:

When I think of a "Premium Service" - I think of service that comes with some sort of SLA.

Nope..

SLA?

Also I wonder what you get for around $110 month for other ISPs?


LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX
I know that you know what a SLA is!

As far as your latter question, it really varies a lot.


limegrass69
Here's my Posting tag

join:2008-05-28

Cheap

Well, that's cheap compared to the $300 activation fee charged by Cablevision for a similar tier of service (Ultra)!


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to LightS

Re: "Premium Service"

said by LightS:

I know that you know what a SLA is!

Maybe you should get one, but isn't that what they push business accounts for?

As far as your latter question, it really varies a lot.

Well some example would be nice. Most ISP's websites ask for an actual address so I don't have access to their pricing.

Chuck_IV

join:2003-11-18
Connecticut
reply to 88615298

Re: IB4T$200AF

said by 88615298:

said by Chuck_IV:

said by DaSneaky1D:

Own my modem and promo on 100mbps....

Feel like I made it just in time!

And this fee is how they will get you to stay on that 100mbps speed, even when your promo runs out and the price goes up.
When your promo runs out, either pay them the higher $110/mo and avoid the $200 fee OR drop to the 30mbps package, but when you wanna go back to the 100mbps package, cough up an additional $200.

I'm on a great promo now for the 100mbps package, but when it runs out, it's back to the 30mbps.

There isn't a $200 activation fee on 30 Mbps. And if you're already on 100 meg and you dropped down to 30 Mbps there wouldn't be ANY activation fee at all. So please.

Sigh... I know there is no fee to drop to the 30mbps tier.
The point is if you drop to the 30mbps and decide you wanna go back to the 100mbps, it will cost you $200. So you either STAY in the 100mbps tier now or pay them $200 later when you wanna go back.


LightS
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Greenville, TX
reply to 88615298

Re: "Premium Service"

said by 88615298:

Maybe you should get one, but isn't that what they push business accounts for?

Yes, but I wouldn't consider any residential service a "premium service" mostly because of shoddy customer service, "up to" terminology and other small niches.

said by 88615298:

Well some example would be nice. Most ISP's websites ask for an actual address so I don't have access to their pricing.

It depends on the ISP & what's available & the service you inquire about. For example, a recent quote from Suddenlink informed me of $125/mbps for standard, and $155/mbps for MPLS. This is of course fiber, but still. It comes with an SLA lol. Suddenlink also offers 12/2 for $199.95, but it's cable & they don't provide an SLA for this


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to Chuck_IV

Re: IB4T$200AF

said by Chuck_IV:

Sigh... I know there is no fee to drop to the 30mbps tier.
The point is if you drop to the 30mbps and decide you wanna go back to the 100mbps, it will cost you $200. So you either STAY in the 100mbps tier now or pay them $200 later when you wanna go back.

That's dumb. Why would one play musical speed tiers? And if that's what one does oh well. I'm supposed to feel bad for someone that does that? If 100 Mbps is so fricken awesome I guess it's worth the $200 fee.

wingrider01

join:2006-07-25
Saint Louis, MO
reply to DaSneaky1D
Agree, changed a couple of months back - 94.00 a month no promo pricing and no activation penalty and my own modem

Oedipus

join:2005-05-09
kudos:1
reply to limegrass69

Re: Cheap

said by limegrass69:

Well, that's cheap compared to the $300 activation fee charged by Cablevision for a similar tier of service (Ultra)!

Comcast charges a $250 "install fee" (which even the techs don't seem to understand) for their 105 service, even if you already have their 50 meg service. The kicker, of course, is that they only charge this fee outside of the northeast market, where the 50 meg users were seamlessly upgraded to 105 for free and with no increase in their monthly bill.

Funny how that works.

google2

join:2004-02-04
South Beloit, IL

No problem

I have no problem with the activation fee. If you can afford the monthly fee, the activation fee isn't an issue. The issue I have with this is the pathetic 5Mbps upload speed that accompanies it. It's a total joke.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to Bhruic

Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

said by Bhruic:

Is "you can afford to pay it" the metric that we are now using to determine if something is priced fairly?

Yes it is and always has been. Is $250K a "fair price" for a Lamborghini? It's a car. I takes you from point A to point B like a $15,000 Kia.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to google2

Re: No problem

I suspect within 6 months that won't be as much of an issue anymore.


cork1958
Cork
Premium
join:2000-02-26

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$100 install fee back in time

I think it was the year 2000, I had to pay a $100 installation fee for their original 256/128 plan! 3 days later, they dropped that fee!

First line of my review when I ordered Charter. I can't see a date of when that was.

"I ordered the 256/128 package for $24.95 a month plus $3.95 modem rental."

I just can't believe some of these insane things Charter is pulling off!!
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88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
said by cork1958:

I think it was the year 1997, I had to pay a $100 installation fee for their original 256/128 plan! 3 days later, they dropped that fee!

I just can't believe some of these insane things Charter is pulling off!!

Yeah like lowering prices and adding tons of HD. Man they are fucking rip off artists!

watts3000

join:2002-01-21
reply to google2

Re: No problem

This is nonsense I'm on a 100 meg now I own my modem and I pay around 82.00 a month with wire maintenance.

grayem

join:2000-09-22
Saint Louis, MO
Reviews:
·Charter

modem fee

New customers must use Charter modems, and there is a modem fee; its just included in the price. There are no promo prices for Internet only... in effect the prices have been raised to cover the modem cost by forcing customers into the 30 Mbps tier at full price. Charter is not giving anyone anything for free. Not that they should, but the CEO is not paying for the modems out of his personal bank account, the customer is.


AVD
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join:2003-02-06
Onion, NJ
kudos:1
reply to Bhruic

Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

said by Bhruic:

Is "you can afford to pay it" the metric that we are now using to determine if something is priced fairly?

just half of the supply and demand equation that sets prices in a capitalist market.
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neumannu47
Premium
join:2002-08-14
USA

I'd pay the activation fee

I'd pay $2000 activation fee for 100 Mb. Since I'm on Time Warner, I doubt I'll see speeds like that in my lifetime.

Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Netflix need to team up to provide 1Gb symmetrical service nationwide and render the TV cable companies to irrelevance.

iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
reply to limegrass69

Re: Cheap

But CV's $300 install tier is $100 per month instead of $110, and upload speeds are 15 Mbps instead of 5 Mbps.

So you break even after 10 months and get much higher upload speeds on CV. I'd take that over Charter's tier any day.

The corollary to this is that I'd stay on the 30/4 tier if I was in Charter-land, despite the fact that I've been known to pay $115 per month for 'net service (Comcast 50/15).

iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
reply to 88615298

Re: No problem

How do you figure?
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Bhruic

join:2002-11-27
Toronto, ON
kudos:2
reply to 88615298

Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier

You've rather missed the point. If all the people paying $110/mth now could afford to pay $1000/mth, would that justify Charter in making the price increase? The issue isn't what people can afford to pay, it's what people are willing to pay.

iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
reply to 88615298

Re: $100 install fee back in time

$50 is lower than $29? I know, I know, 120x the download speed, but prices have crept upward.