IowaCowboyWant to go back to IowaPremiumReviews:
Glad I'm in Comcast territory
I live in Comcast territory (Springfield, MA) but some of the surrounding towns (Chicopee, Ludlow, Wilbraham, and East Longmeadow) are in Charter turf. I have read on some of the local forums that Charter is worse than Comcast. Around here, Charter uses the Scientific Atlanta boxes, which I don't like as much as Motorola hardware. I personally have TiVo boxes for DVR, and I have few complaints about Comcast other than getting things fixed can be like pulling teeth (such as taking six different truck rolls to fix a constantly dropping Internet connection). I personally have not had Comcast miss an appointment but have had a few late techs.
Charter has been known for predatory business practices like locking customers into lengthy contracts with steep ETFs and rock bottom customer service. It got so bad that the mayor of Chicopee once said a few years ago that he'd offer Verizon a CATV franchise if they'd build FiOS in that community.
When I had Charter at my previous home, I was under contract. Decided to cancel and switch to a local ISP. They waived the ETF on the cancellation, and thanked me for being a customer.