Glen Head, NY
Re: The bigger they get
said by elefante72:Baby Bells?!?! How about before 1984 when it was just The Bell System and its operating companies such as New York Telephone were I lived? I remember when doing your own wiring or having an extra phone on the line that you were not renting could get your service terminated (1960's & 1970's). We had a third telephone that my grandfather had found in the trash in New York City and anytime we needed repair service to come to the house, my parents would unplug it and hide it. Eventually, sometime around 1978, New York Telephone created the COPW program (Customer Owned Premises Wiring) where they would install a demarc and allow you to have your own wiring but you pretty much had to beg. Later on in the early 1980's they started allowing you to buy your own equipment but you had to notify them of its FCC number and the Ringer Equivalence Number. Then, after the breakup, it became "What? You want us to install the wire in your house?". These days they attach a NID to your house and you are on your own (assuming you still have POTS service).
Maybe most don't remember, but I remember the baby bells when I was a kid, and it's going back to that. I even remember when Nynex owned the phones in the house (sound familiar DVR people) and had to lease the $20 device for $5 a month. Or upcharge for digital dial tone, call waiting, 3 way, etc. Phone bills were skyhigh. And that whole interLATA scam was beyond reproach.
I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Re: merger grounds to let people out of directv contracts?
said by malletto:Apparently not. I just updated to the DirecTV Genie system with the mandatory 2 year extension. Asked them the same question and they told me I was still on the hook. The buyout wasn't too bad after the first year. I figure it will take AT$T at least a year to screw things up at DirecTV and then I'll only have Comcast.
So if they merge would that be grounds to negate my contract earlier?