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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 196

by michrech (#48746193) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

The solution for TWC is to buy Internet through a reseller. When they increased my Internet cost from ~$45/month to ~$70/month because I dropped the TV service, I switched to Earthlink and paid ~$42/month. No change in service, same equipment, no cutover, etc. Just a bill from a different source. This was a few years back, but I just spoke to a co-worker who's doing the same thing now, so it should still be an option.

You are probably in a different Verizon region because costs are significantly lower in Manhattan for the services you're describing - even without the 2 year contract they try to push on people.

That option isn't available everywhere. For example, in my neck of the woods, they can offer me 56k dialup @ $21.95 a month(!!!), or $12.50 monthly if I pay a full year in advance, or "up to 5.0Mbps" satellite at $60 a month (or higher, depending on the plan)...

Comment: Re:Only Fox (Faux) News was pulled? (Score 2) 275

by michrech (#48647587) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

There exists some people who need to know what Bill O'Rielly is talking about each night. Those people can't tolerate Dish's occasional dropping of networks. DirecTV gets most of its deals done without disruption, but therefore has to increase prices more often.

Those people can watch The Daily Show...

Comment: Re:Wrong town (Score 1) 65

by michrech (#48616101) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

I live in a small college town. The college I work for has two 1GB lines going to it (I'm not sure what the other couple colleges have). The town itself is served by AT&T (I can get a whopping 3Mbit at my house!), CableONE (which is what I use - 50/3), and a fixed wireless provider.

It'd be awesome if someone would come in and offer a Google Fiber-like service (and by 'like', I mean 1GB for roughly $70 a month)...

Comment: Re:Random companies entering the news business (Score 1) 145

by michrech (#48354127) Attached to: Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

In a business environment, maybe. Where I work, we've already converted nearly all of our open lab PC's, and all but two computer classrooms, to ZeroClients (in our case, devices from Wyse). We're now looking at which faculty/staff can be moved to such a setup.

At home? Not a chance. This will require the same network speeds, found in businesses, in our homes, and for those connections to cost the same (or less) than what we're *all* paying now.

I guess the above was a long-winded way to say, the guys you work with are morons if they think this is happening, in the home, in the near future.

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