At my new home in Silicon Valley, I signed up for Comcast. Now, you might be asking why, especially in light of those painful-to-watch new TV ads that they’re running (seriously, who came up with those? I want to know so he/she/they can be on my list of people that I Hope They Fail).
The reason is simple. If everyone just drops Comcast in protest of the 250 GB bandwidth cap, Comcast can easily use statistics to say that the cap is only affecting .1% of their customer base. Thus, I am tweaking my advice a little, and suggesting that customers leave Comcast (like I did before), but only after they get kicked off by the 250 GB bandwidth cap. And yes, that means I’m encouraging you to use as much bandwidth as your content demands… all HD, all the time, all over the web.
So, I locked in a $19.99/month rate for the first 3 months at 12 mbps down and 1 mbps up (not including PowerBoost). We’ll see if I can hit it starting next week.
Oh, and I also locked in $10/month for limited basic cable (for one year), thanks to their barely-promoted DTV Transition offer. But, the installer forgot to insert the filter, and I’m getting expanded basic cable for free. That won’t last, as my market is going to be digitally rebanded for all analog cable channels, but it is a nice perk while it lasts. Keeping with my goal to not watch anything but over-the-air stuff, I’m giving my TiVo HD strict instructions to only look at OTA channels for the rest of the 30 days.