said by newview: said by tshirt:
then drop the HSI too.
When the Comcast broadband monopoly in my area is finally broken that is EXACTLY what I intend to do.
said by tshirt:
cable is finally getting the pay back for the years of investment in building an almost ubiquitous plant using private money, something that required billions in subsidies for the Telco to do.
In MY area Comcast was given local tax incentives 35-40 years ago to build out ... and then when those were removed the price increases began ... now my area is one of the HIGHEST in the nation for basic cable service. When do I get "pay back" for tax moneys I paid for Comcast to expand in my area?
said by tshirt:
No one forces you too WATCH their crappy TV channels.
... and I'm not going to spend $20 a month for basic cable to save a $15 a month "so-called-discount" either.
I doubt there is a monopoly, just no other company has chosen to serve your area.
Can you prove they got tax incentives? (really, I'm curious I have NEVER seen a case where a CATV provider was paid to build out, in most cases the cableco made huge payments of fees, and franchise benefits to the city/area in order to be allowed to build out.) IF they were paid I would guess some citizens DEMANDED it of the local Gov't and probably had to fight the other "don't need it" voters to get it passed. I don't think you ever get a refund for any unwanted gov't programs or I'd be a rich man.
Yes showing as a discount on the HSI has caused the misunderstanding that it is to penalize HSI only users.
If you look at as a $15 single service cost (i.e. doesn't get re-added for a second or more service) it shows how little they charge for the limited basic content.