One possible solution is Breach of Contract - for provider's failure at providing reasonable service and support, to 1000's of their customers.
Re: One possible solution is
said by Bob61571:That's assuming there is even a standing agreement on a viable service level.
Breach of Contract - for provider's failure at providing reasonable service and support, to 1000's of their customers.
CTVEA Reminds me of Cable TV of East Alabama and Mr. Greene's coziness with the city council.
I feel sorry for those live in Smiths Station/Phenix City.
! HOLY OVERCHARGE BATMAN ! Almost barfed when I heard 150$ monthly bill. OMG, people should be smacking the faces of whoever signed these exclusive bills. What kind of moron allows a company to not just slave themselves, but their future offspring to a company. Corporations are practically slave traders pulling that crap.
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Re: ! HOLY OVERCHARGE BATMAN ! $150 triple play is not bad.
Cabin John, MD
Re: ! HOLY OVERCHARGE BATMAN ! The quality of the product that is delivered for the $150 must be taken into consideration.
Apparently numerous customers are greatly dissatisfied with the product that is delivered.
Re: ! HOLY OVERCHARGE BATMAN ! Having lived in Leesburg, VA for 4 years I can tell you what kind of moron lives there. Ones with more money than sense. The average price of a home there is 700K+ with many of them going for well over a million.
If you can afford a home at that price, $150 a month is pocket change.
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Re: ! HOLY OVERCHARGE BATMAN ! I lived in Northern VA in the late 80's and early 90's. Loudon county was all fields and horse farms at the time.
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They had a great deal (OpenBand) ... all they had to do was not drop the ball entirely and not be so greedy.
Fail. I hope the people win and OpenBand has to issue refunds. (And thus goes out of business because I'm sure the owners already pocketed all of it.)
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
Re: They had a great deal (OpenBand) I'm thinking they've 86'd any future business anyway, once word gets out of this crazy trap they made. Who would want to do business with any company comfortable enough to provide substandard service at exhorbitant rates?
Did Local Reps Screw Citizens? I don't like extremely long-term agreements like this and I would never encourage my local representatives to back such agreements. However, if this was an under served area with no HSI because heavy infrastructure investment was needed, it may have seemed like a good idea with mutual benefit. OpenBand incurs debt or uses existing capital to invest in connecting these areas in exchange for an exclusive deal that enables them to repay the debt or earn a greater return on their capital investment.
However, signing such a deal for an extremely long period doesn't seem equitable for customers. I could see a long-term deal (25 years) where every five years the incumbent has first right to an extension. However, there has to be some detailed measurable specifics that they must fulfill to be guaranteed a continuance. The specifics should also have a clause to make sure they remain technologically relevant (modern).
This would be similar to a deal where a sports team agrees a long term stadium lease with the option to exit every five years if the stadium owner does not keep the venue modernized.
Although I don't have specifics, whatever the deal is, it doesn't seem like the local representatives protected their constituents from non performance. Regarding whether or not the government should be involved -- this is a case of "legal" monopoly, right? Therefore the government (i.e. the FCC) should provide a framework under which deals like this can be fruitful for companies and customers. There has to be a way to force a forfeit the investment if the company does not live up to the terms of the franchise.
Re: Did Local Reps Screw Citizens? Wouldn't it be normal for the developer or communities to take bids?
Re: Did Local Reps Screw Citizens? Probably the community should accept bids. The developer probably only cares about:
1) Are my properties more attractive if they are wired?
2) If #1 is true, do I have to share costs with someone to wire them or will they pay for the opportunity?
Obviously if providers are willing to pay developers to wire their properties, #1 doesn't matter. Without rules, the developer will seek the highest return to wire the properties.
Regardless of bids, IMO a "utility" is being created -- a legal monopoly. As such, the government should provide a framework for the agreement and the necessary oversight to protect both parties. I say both parties because if the incumbent is meeting expectations, it isn't fair to have the community pull their franchise because a new startup is offering the moon. It also isn't fair to have a reasonable rate increase -- again if the incumbent is meeting expectations and can demonstrate their costs have risen.
One thing is clear. In the absence of good rules, someone is going to get screwed. It's in our selfish nature as human beings.
Bait & Trap This is why I would never live in a association.
Stupid Housing Tricks Those housing communities strike me as people with more dollars than sense. This wouldn't be the only crazy phenomena related to housing that happened during that time...
Requirements of a contract... One of the legal requirements of a contract like this to be valid is that there needs to be a way to severe the contract by either party. Without those terms, the contract isn't enforcable.
And agreed, anyone who signed a 25-75 year term contract for communications services needs their head examined. Even 10 years ago, I wouldn't sign anything longer than a 3 year even if it included build outs.
How bad is it? I went to their web-site, and they claim to offer 100Mbps service. Is that not the case? How bad is it?
LMAO We angry at the Customers and they ARE GOING TO TAKE IT AND LIKE IT MORE". Wow only a stupid greedy @ss company will do this crap. I hope they lose the case and get sued by the customers
Re: Similar lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Florida Then what you are saying is that there is already a public court case on file stating that cable tv is considered a utility, and then it must follow that ALL cable, ISP, or mobile services can be considered utilities and should be regulated....nicely done.
| || |said by Mr Matt:In 1996, the FCC implemented the OTA rules for DBS type dishes and, for the most part, invalidated most of the restrictions baring outside antennas. 47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000
Homeowners were subject to the same arbitrary prohibition of outdoor antennas of any kind through deed restrictions.
Openband might have a problem enforcing their contracts. Remember that the FCC and Congress passed the satellite reception act which declared all deed restrictions prohibiting the installation of Satellite or over the air antennas unenforceable.
The issue at hand is whether the agreement guarantees service must be paid for by the homeowner. This goes beyond lawn cutting and other "maintenance of common ground" fees.
Re: Similar lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Florida It's probably a contract with the HOA and the cable fees are included with the payments owners make to the HOA.
it was the developer that signed the deal it was the developer who signed the deal with this company. this has nothing to do with local politicians. the deal was that the developer gets a piece of the revenue each month for the length of the contract. this type of deal was becoming common across the country prior to the real estate crash. there were all kinds of crazy deals the developers were working out for themselves to keep them earning revenues long after they finished building neighborhoods.
Loudoun County's Internet Loudoun county is one of the wealthiest and fastest growing counties in the nation, yet the county supervisors have signed sweetheart agreements with telco that allow then to cherry-pick and have left large areas of the county without Internet access. I live 50 miles from the white house in DC, yet have only a choice of dial-up or satellite. (I should have asked before buying, but never thought that this area would be completely without Internet - I'm in not in an unpopulated area.) I have FIOS 1/4 mile away, yet not even cable or DSL in my neighborhood.
Santa Monica, CA
Bring on the damage awards... You can't have your cake, and eat it too.
The community wanted broadband, so they sought a vendor to provide it, and the vendor took the risk on the investment. Now that their system is aging, they want to abrogate the agreement.
How do you think an MDU vendor finances the massive cost of broadband, if they can't bond a group of homeowners for 25 years plus?
Re: Bring on the damage awards... It doesn't take 25 years for ROI for broadband, especially if it was rolled out during construction. Kind of removes "last mile" from last mile, don't you think?
3 years tops ROI.
Santa Monica, CA
Re: Bring on the damage awards... Not speaking to ROI; that's not at issue - its a question of the vendor being able to finance the project, and therefore offer broadband/triple-play to an unserved community.
I would have never penned a 25-year agreement - 10 makes more sense, but obviously the monthly charge would be higher.
But this community *did* agree to it. Basic contract law applies - both ways. Who knows, maybe the defendants will successfully argue that "the vendor sucks", and prevail - but in doing so, they will raise the cost for anyone else seeking a similar MDU bid.
lesson about buying a house lol Now i know beofre buying a house in certain area, i have to see if there's any agreement about ISP or cable provider, I would hate myself having to pay 2 bills for 1 usable service, not just about $ but i just hate these kind of shady deal they pulled together.
Re: lesson about buying a house lol I looked at purchasing a certain peice of waterfront property - very rare in this area. The trouble is that while Comcast has the TV franchise (read monopoly), and they refuse to go through the process to get permission to cross a single railroad track in the middle of nowhere (like the phone company already got permission to do) to service the last mile of this street. Neighbors claim they've tried for years, and Comcast said they'd do it for $30,000. Some neighbors were willing to pitch in, but they couldn't come up with the $30k.
So what should be a highly favorable piece of property, hasn't sold in 4 years at an otherwise below market price.
Another example of Comcast servicing the profitable areas, and neglecting the others within the same town.
Why sign for such a long time-frame? The broadband industry is an ever-changing field. Why sign exclusive franchise agreements that ran for between 25 to 75 years? 2-year contract with Verizon or Comcast is already a long time to commit to something. This may even be an issue when trying to sell your home. I would not want to buy a home that is tied to a 25-year agreement. Wasn't there any clause with ETF (whatever high amount) that would allow people to get out of the contract. I guess when people want something really bad, they do not want a piece of paper to be in their way. Hopefully the individual agreement was not tied to the properties (parcel numbers). Sad to hear though!
Openband Sucks The HOA book was bigger than a phone book and was written to show that the service was good and modern, what you got was telephone without the capability to call outside your own neighborhood and cable that is quite inferior yet overpriced. All the while Mr Dean the owner is raking in tax money servicing the US Govt intell community maybe we should look that way for other deceptive business contracts.