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Re: If you can afford the 100 Mbps tier
I agree they can afford it but usually the more "luxury" the item, the more free perks. I believe BMW offers lifetime free routine maintenance (whatever that means). It sure sounds better than paying $200 to install Charter's elite package.
If you ask me, the $200 install fee is to discourage folks from getting it because, perhaps, just perhaps, too many folks are signing up for it and they are having trouble supporting it. Either that or folks who get it bench the performance and when they don't get what they believe they deserve, Charter has to "tweak" their install (run a new drop, split the node) until the are satisfied.
said by rradina:I though that's what the price increase from $88 to $110 was for.
If you ask me, the $200 install fee is to discourage folks from getting it
I doubt that "too many" people are signing up to pay $110 a month for internet.
perhaps, just perhaps, too many folks are signing up for it and they are having trouble supporting it.
thought that was how supply and demand worked
ether every one is getting it there for price goes up or they are just trying to keep keep people from getting it
its one or the other you cant have it both ways
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If few sign up, then their statement doesn't make sense. There's not enough revenue made to fund those incremental investments. I really don't care if they charge an install fee but this smells a lot like a Billy Mays infomercial where if you buy one at $19.99, you get one free, just pay a separate $15.99 processing/postage/shipping/handling/whatever fee.
Ultra is a premium service which results in higher incremental network investments, equipment costs, and other operating expenses," the company tells me. "In an effort to maintain reasonable monthly recurring service fees, we have implemented a higher installation fee for Ultra customers."
This statement is especially full of hot air in an economy that loves to give stuff away but charge a monthly fee for the life of the product. The RIAA would just love to get rid of the concept of selling a song on any medium if they could figure out a way to charge you every time you play a song.