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|Comments on news posted 2002-12-19 17:05:48: As DirecTV begins the ninety day process of closing down their broadband operations, more than 170,000 customers are scurrying to find new providers. .. |
i liked to get kissed before i get f**ked i called covad last night. It seems that Telocity, which got gobbled up by DirecTV, struck a deal to get service to the "problem" customers, customers just over 18000 feet, and Bellsouth owns the wiring, so Covad couldn't give me service. Am I stuck with Bellsouth? Should I give up or wait and see what happens? Funny thing, a new CO opened up, I'm now only 14500 feet from the CO.
Just an FYI on DirecTV Equipment The reason some Companies are probably charging an equipment Fee when hot swapping you from DirecTV's Service is because the DirecTV gateway (Router) is configured for DTV's network and has a proprietary setup on it which will not let it automatically interface with another network. As such they have to send you a new router..
There are a number of ISP's out there that are claiming to be able to Reconfigure direcTV's equipment but they still end up sending you equipment and charging you a fee.
so don't get Suckered.
Also a couple facts about the DirecTV "Gateways"
They Are Routers -- They NAT, have Firewall's (Very limited) and do everything else that a router can do. They are not Bridges or glorified modems so don't be misled by what someone tells you.
DirecTV does not want their Gateways back, nor are they Charging the customer for not returning them. Again don't be suckered by another company claiming that. You can fill the things with concrete and use em as an anchor for all DTV cares.
hope this helps
Mullica Hill, NJ
Re: Just an FYI on DirecTV Equipment I *was* wondering what to do with my dear ol grey brick. TYVM.
Drect to Cable Just switched to AT&T Broadband Cable by Comcast. Got all that? It only took 4days for them to come out.
With Telocity I was getting 1200/100
My first test on cable is 1700/200. I'm happy so far.
Mullica Hill, NJ
Re: Drect to Cable I just went over to Comcast Saturday night. Bought the modem. I was getting 800/100 or so and now am getting 900-1400/100-120. And for the same price ($40/mo.). So far so good.
No Contract DSL besides Cyberonic and slow Covad? Hi. I am a DirectvDSL customer in St Louis. I tried Cyberonic (after numerous busy signals) only to find they do not serve my area. Covad has a no contract, low speed package for $39.95 ($21.95 for first 4 months) that's 384/128, but that's too slow for me. Everyone else, Earthlink, SBC (I avoid them like the plague anyway), AT&T Worldnet DSL has one year contracts and termination fees of at least $150.
I will be in my apartment for only 6 months max, so I cannot do a one year contract. After all I already fulfilled this with DirectvDSL. Google searches have not yielded results. Anyone have any info?
Re: No Contract DSL besides Cyberonic and slow Cov Thanks, but I also forgot to mention that Charter Cable broadband is NOT available in my area of St. Louis.
Re: No Contract DSL besides Cyberonic and slow Cov ...and Charter Cable has a 3 month minimum term, although I could live with that if they had service here.
Re: No Contract DSL besides Cyberonic and slow Covad?
said by hok:Charter has their Pipeline service in some parts of Saint Louis County. The City proper has no cable modem service and isn't likely to get it anytime soon. Since I live in the city, less than a half mile from the city/county line, I'm stuck with either what ever DSL is available, or dial-up.
Most DSL providers require 1-year contract except Verizon, Cyberonic, Covad, and AT&T DSL do have an easy to get out 1-year contract. Can you get cable Internet access? I heard Charter is OK in Saint Louis, MO, at least their headquarters is there. All cable Internet access providers have no term contract, but they do charge rent for cable modem.
Re: Cable modem service in Saint Louis
said by Mad_dog0:Sent an inquiry to Charter. The question was
Charter has their Pipeline service in some parts of Saint Louis County. The City proper has no cable modem service and isn't likely to get it anytime soon. Since I live in the city, less than a half mile from the city/county line, I'm stuck with either what ever DSL is available, or dial-up.
said by Mad_dog0:The reply I got this morning read:
Are you ever going to have Charter Pipeline in the city of Saint Louis?
quote:I live in the Central West End. No telling when I can get cable service, but I'm inclined towards it.
Thank you for your interest in Charter Communications. We appreciate your interest in our services.
yes the upgrade starts next quarter, it will start in North city then move to south city. the marketing department will send out mail pieces when the upgrade is complete in each section.