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Old 03-01-2016, 07:26 PM
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The internet and TV bill (only 1 level above basic, no movie channels) was $160 a month.
We cut the cord totally at home about 6 months ago. I haven.t watched TV for 6 months: it was really hard the first 2 nights but haven.t looked back.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:39 PM
Location: Born in L.A. - NYC is Second Home - Rustbelt is Home Base
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I used to use the library for free.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:42 PM
Location: Wyoming
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Originally Posted by Vision67 View Post
Does your neighbor use a password on his wi-fi?
I'm sure that was a joke, but my daughter-in-law has a close (from childhood) friend who lives across the street from her. They went together to share their internet. It's wired into the friend's house, then she picks it up with her (wi-fi) router -- for computers and Netflix.
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmybirdie View Post
That's really cheap compared to the US. We need more competition.
I'm not sure how it exaclty works in Europe.
As far as I know there are regulation authorities, at least we have such an authority in Germany. It's called Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency).

In the past we had for most services just one provider, like Deutsche Post or Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile). To enhance the competition this regulatoin authority was founded. It's a very powerful authority (e.g. they can cap prices). They try to prevent that corporations can make monopoly profits. Those seems very common in these "network-industries".
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:55 PM
Location: Russia Kaliningrad
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You have some strange prices
And you have to had a phone for DSL?

In Russia we usually use other ways to get internet. We have a high-speed connection 40 Mpbs for 5$ a month.
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Old 03-07-2016, 12:50 AM
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is on time warner 40.00 a month for 50 megs down!!
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:09 PM
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the sad part of it all is need my internet, I live on the internet, if they charged a $1k a month I probably would be dumb and desperate to pay for it.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:12 PM
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I am paying $20/month for 30 Mbps. I think 30MBPS is more than enough for me.
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:02 PM
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High speed broadband is NOT cheap to install.

Our summer home is in eastern Washington. The local county government spent 100 MILLION dollars to put in fiber serving 80% of the county population. Total population of the county is 75,000 with about 40% of homes hooked up to the government fiber system. An amazing 25% are still with the out-of-area cable company and paying for poor service!! We pay$50/ a month for 100Mbps service. Even with than the local government has had to forgive the capital investment costs. The $50/month just overs the operating and maintenance costs of operating the system.

In Washington state the Democrats are owned by the telecommunication companies and they insisted that local governments could not RETAIL internet, phone, and cable TV services to residents. So we are forced to pay a internet retailer rather than the government directly. That did insure that the users could would NEVER be able to repay the initial 100 million dollar investment.

At our winter place in Arizona we have a co-operative that put in internet for the residents. We are paying $1.50/month for 10 Mbps. Capital cost of the system was 50,000 buying wholesale from the local cable company. 10 Mbps!! Wow, but a lot of people here are from the mid-west and California where 10 Mbps is blazing fast internet!!!

Fiber broadband is not cheap, but folks need to take back their governments from the corporations. We have "the best government money can buy". When the liberal Washington state politicians side with the corporations over the people like what happened with our fiber optic system in Washington state, nothing is going to change until you change the elected officials.

Political orientation does not matter these days....do they represent the donors or the people that is the question that needs to be asked.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:53 AM
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I am thinking of switching to Fio internet as the netzero I use has limited data. What shocks me are the fees to "set up" fios. Why is that? And just what does it take to set this up? It's 2016 it can't be difficult to do.

Any info/input would be great to help me understand why this cost so much.
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