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tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

will customers pay?

when customers get hit with unexpected high bills, they will cancel their service leaving a bill in collections rather than pay hundreds to a greedy ISP..


norbert26
Premium
join:2010-08-10
Warwick, RI
said by tmc8080:

when customers get hit with unexpected high bills, they will cancel their service leaving a bill in collections rather than pay hundreds to a greedy ISP..

and have toasted credit. Forget applying for a job, renting a car,renting a APT or house,buying a house and the like. The cable company WILL prevail.

dgoner
Premium
join:2002-03-08
Knox, IN
reply to tmc8080
Metered billing for broadband is so draconian. If ISP's don't want to budge on getting rid of caps then a much better system is the bucket of bits then throttling. For instance if the cap is 200 GB why not just throttle any user that exceeds that cap within a given month to barely broadband speeds. You can even group the speed drops based on thresholds... 0-200 GB full speed, 250-300 GB 1/4 speed, 300 GB + dial up speed. It accomplishes their goal... Network use is eased and the customer doesn't have to fear a large bill at the end of the month. If I had to live with a cap system (I prefer none) then that is the type of system I'd feel most comfortable with.

Wilsdom

join:2009-08-06
Throttling back to dial-up isn't much different than a complete shutoff on the modern web, but speed reductions could make sense... if congestion was what the bandwidth rationing was really about, and not those sweet large bills at the end of the month

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
they can make it like 250gb full speed data and then after that pay more or get slowed down.

Jowmu

join:2009-05-04
Lubbock, TX
reply to tmc8080
why is any company, that is doing business to MAKE money, always called the "greedy xxxx(fill in the blank)xxxx company? So I guess capitalism is just based on greed. Some of you guys must be part of the OWS crowd. sheesh.

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
reply to norbert26
for one- not all companies check credit- its a very very rare thing they do- unless you work for a bank or handle huge amounts of cash and i know many companies that do not- Wal-Mart, Target, Krogers, Barns & Noble and the list goes on that do NOT touch credit reports, they only reserve the right to.

as far as a cable company reporting to credit- LMAO! That costs $$$$ they won't do that. They just make sure you never get service in that area again. Especially TWC. You can owe TWC Dayton money but go to TWC Mid-Ohio or NY and get services without a problem.

tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS
reply to norbert26
said by norbert26:

said by tmc8080:

when customers get hit with unexpected high bills, they will cancel their service leaving a bill in collections rather than pay hundreds to a greedy ISP..

and have toasted credit. Forget applying for a job, renting a car,renting a APT or house,buying a house and the like. The cable company WILL prevail.

While I won't list all all of the things a consumer can do.. one of them is challenge false and misleading billing.. when in dispute, they HAVE to take it off your credit report or you can SUE the creidt bureau AND the cable company.

Also, it's doubtful a cable company can ruin your life for a bill less that $1k... Most cable companies are not like the worst of the credit card companies (aka American Express).

Lastly, this metered billing will eventually blow up in the cable companies face because consumers will backlash against it and stop buying services from them. Bits of data are not like gasoline, providers can't gouge just because they feel like it and get away with it for an extended period of time, just watch (what happens). BTW, we're talking about wired services.. don't claim the duopoly in Cellco is a fair comparison, because it is not.. wireline has more regional companies and much more government oversight than wireless telecom (on the residentail consumer level).

tmc8080

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

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reply to Jowmu
said by Jowmu:

why is any company, that is doing business to MAKE money, always called the "greedy xxxx(fill in the blank)xxxx company? So I guess capitalism is just based on greed. Some of you guys must be part of the OWS crowd. sheesh.

greed, captialism, free markets.. these are just terms..
apparently you've been napping a decade or more... massive deregulation and overt changes to the national and global economies have put new kinds of ideas in the heads of people who run corporations.. and they have now become an enemy of the consumer in many, many ways.. SOME more than others..

profits are one thing.. OBSCENE profits are quite another. take the world record profits of OIL companies as a prime example. well, if OIL companies can do it.. why not telecom, why not cell phone companies, insurance companies, government, all pile in grabbing that last dollar and ... the lowly workers? can't get fair compensation for a fair days work... that is OBSCENE... and policies like USAGE BASED BILLING go right to the heart of the matter.. when the costs are getting lower, prices seem to go higher unjustiably so.. when prices on phone service and video service go higher, you have choices.. when your monopoly & duopoly ISP goes up? you're gonna be stuck stringing your own can of fiber (and that's IF they let you)... 'cause there aint' no other choice..

The internet was founded by government and then handed over to for profit businesses to resell to residential and business customers. If ISPs think they can turn data into a slot machine or a gasoline pump and rig pricing so they can earn record "OBSCENE" profits.. government regulation has an answer for that eventually.. and so do consumers.