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The communications mega-thing is now in the Rising home times 3. You just can’t beat it, so I joined up big time.
For around ten years I had telco DSL. Because my internet use was mainly looking for pictures of corvettes with big headlights it was fine for me.
Then I got a job that required a robust and fast connection.
I swapped to a cable internet connection through Comcast and that thing is now faster than a striped-ass ape. (I have NO idea how fast a striped-ass ape is. But it’s pretty fast.)
Then Comcast offered bundling of three services. Cable, internet and phone. All at a price that when I did the math made sense.
So I bit and the media giant now is a big presence in the Rising ranch.
Then…the letter came.
Cue dramatic music:
“Your special promotional offer pricing is about to end.”
Damn. Just like a drug dealer. They have me hooked and now they are going to jack up the rate.
However, the letter offered a glimmer of hope.
“Call to see if your promotional rate can be extended.”
So I called them up. Note to Comcast: PLEASE. I am begging you. Change up the on-hold music. Please?
Let us say my current monthly bill is around $120. Because it is.
The representative on the the other end (after a decade on hold, listening to that ANNOYING music) said my new bill would be $140. He was sorry. My current promotional rate was a shining artifact of the past.
Then he said, “Would you like any additional services?”
“Like what?”, I asked.
“Oh, DVR or upgrade your channel line-up, for example.”
“What would a DVR cost?” said the lamb, being led to the slaughter.
He put me on hold for a while. Honest to GOD that music causes brain cell death.
“$6.95 a month,” was the answer.
So then my new bill would be $147 I gasped. I was about to pass out.
“No,” said the rep. “Your new bill with the DVR bundled in would be $120 plus the $6.95 so you would be paying $126.95.”
I don’t even want the DVR, really. It’s just another layer of technology that I have to learn how to use and will malfunction. But I save money if get it.
Is this a great country or what?
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is from when I worked in radio at Entercom. Among the many things I do not miss is the daily commute.