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I'm rural and can't get broadband

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by slackeyed, Dec 21, 2007.

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  1. Larry G

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    I just had Hughesnet installed 2 weeks ago. $400 upfront cost before $100 mail-in rebate from Hughes and $150 mail-in rebate from cosmosatellite.com. It's much better than the dial-up AOL we used to have. (I guess that's not saying much is it?)
     
  2. slackeyed

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    America's #1 Choice for Broadband by Satellite.

    With HughesNet®, your super-fast, always-on, satellite Internet access is ready when you are—no dialing in, no waiting and no tied-up phone lines. You can download files in seconds, check email instantly and surf faster than you ever imagined. And HughesNet is compatible with Windows and Mac, so getting online anywhere in the contiguous U.S. is easy!

    Im tempted just to order it...its gotta be better than dial up
     
  3. drx792

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    if you download a lot and exceed the FAP its slower
     
  4. Steve Mehs

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    I know this isn’t probably what you to hear, but if I was in your situation, I’d pay up in a heartbeat. You seem to be one of he lucky ones, there have been many posts on DSLReports about people who live in areas were cable is not available to them by a relatively short distance and they either had no luck in getting the cable company to consider expanding their service or had to pay a hell of a lot more than $1800/household. I think all of the TW franchise that serve Upstate NY have 10Mb and 15Mb service levels now which smokes satellite and wireless and makes DSL look like dial up. I honestly can barely make it on a 15Mb connection, the internet is such a big part of my life, if I didn’t have access to broadband I’d go out of my mind.
     
  5. slackeyed

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    My house would be perfect if I could get Time Warner...its so frustrating...I have some old timers that live across the road from me and they have one of those old fashioned 8 foot dishes in their yard picking up local stations...so i know they would DEFINITELY not pay $1800 bucks.
     
  6. txtommy

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    Yeah, I too would gladly pay the $1800 if they made that offer to me, but no chance of that happening. I'm stuck with HughesNet and pay it's outrageous fees for substandard service. The only good thing about it is that I don't have to wait 10 minutes to download my email like I used to with dial-up. Just don't plan on downloading any large files.
     
  7. MeSue

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    Do you know there is an unlimited download window between 3-6 AM Eastern? At least there was when I had it, but I canceled in May. It's not much help with YouTube or games, but if you get a download manager for the big stuff it can help to keep you from being throttled.
     
  8. MeSue

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    IMO--stay far away from Wildblue. I had them both and HughesNet was far better. Yes, tech support is in India, but every time I had to call them they were polite, made an effort to speak clearly, and most importantly resolved my problem. Wildblue OTOH rarely solved our numerous issues and frequently hung up on us after the "turn off everything wait five minutes and restart" routine didn't work. Don't even get me started on the billing department. They continued to haunt me months after I canceled until I finally had Visa intervene.

     
  9. cforrest

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    I would suggest contacting your Local Franchising Authority for Time Warner's Cable Franchise Agreement. Usually there is a 5 year buildout provision required by NY State PSC. I would also look into contacting the NYS PSC to complain as well. Hopefully one of those two will come through for you and get Time Warner to run the wires, as I am sure their franchise agreement states. Usually there is a provision if you are a good distance from the cable on the pole, that Time Warner doesn't have to run the cable. I think it is usually around 500 to 1000 feet, not sure. Good luck.
     
  10. Rakul

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    Not sure on Wifi but there is a place called Virginia Broadband that offers an RF type with a large yagi antenna. I'm 4 miles from the nearest tower and they couldn't get a wiff of a signal :mad: I'm hopeful for Clearwire and keep checking their coverage to see if they got closer yet.
     
  11. Rakul

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    I'd be willing to pay ComCast $2,000 to get highspeed to me, they always offer it to me then say they need to do a site survey and never call me back at all.
     
  12. slackeyed

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    It's not just the $2,000 for your share of the labor/materials/equipment...all your NEIGHBORS have to agree to pay $2,000 as well.

    After Time Warner does a site survey, they send a package by mail to all the surrounding households..I got one about a year after I moved in so one of my other neighbors must have inquired about service.
     
  13. slackeyed

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    I'm in the car business..last year I handled a customer who worked for Time Warner in the office that sets up service in new areas...he told me when I was back in my house to call him...to see if he could hook me up, but I'm no longer at that dealership
    and I no longer have his phone number...I could kick myself.


    Thanks for the advice...what does PSC stand for? That seems like the most viable route for me.
     
  14. sheureka

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    You might think about cellular - check to see if millenicom (using sprint's network) can give you service. - sheureka
     
  15. cforrest

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    PSC = Public Service Commission! Their website:

    http://www.dps.state.ny.us/

    To file a complaint, which you and your neighbors sure seem to have.

    http://www.dps.state.ny.us/New_complaints_disputes.html

    I would try and find the Local Franchise Authority, if you are in an Incorporated Village, it would be your Village's Hall where the franchise agreement can be found, since they granted Time Warner permission to offer TV. If you live in an Unincorporated Village, then the Town Hall has the authority and would have the franchise agreement on file. It is a bunch of legal jargon, but it does layout the rules Time Warner is to follow when they were granted perrmission to offer TV in your area. Good luck!
     
  16. slackeyed

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    Get this....internet/cable complaints are to be directed to the NYS Attorney General...I was just there the other day downloading a complaint for for TWO OTHER ISSUES.....

    No, I'm not a serial complainer.. but we were getting ready to complain to the AG about some bull that Dish Network pulled on us (charging us $700 bucks for service at a house with no electricity after a house fire after they agreed to suspend the service), and our gas company was pulling some shady business practices on us then refusing to refund us when we caught them..

    I guess I'll make another copy of that form and fire it in.
     
  17. slackeyed

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    :(

    service@millenicom.com to me

    show details 1:08 PM (5 minutes ago)



    Reply


    We are sorry to report you are outside our coverage area. Please note we
    can provide dial-up Internet access at your location for $9.95/month.

    Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to be of service.

    Millenicom Sales
     
  18. Rakul

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    That's the thing, my closest neighbor is over a mile away... Even a T1 here runs about 1-2k a month due to the loop charge.
     
  19. Rakul

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    Not sure what part of upstate NY you are in but this is Verizon Wireless's coverage area:

    Buffalo
    New York
    Rochester
    Syracuse
    Yonkers

    And a map of their coverage. Note that NationalAccess is much slower the BroadbandConnect Access
     
  20. jlancaster

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    Please do yourself a favor by staying away from wild blue. If sat internet is your only way to go try HughesNet.
     
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