a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Friday, April 10, 2015

Internet

A/Z, an utility needed by me

I - Internet



I rely on the Internet for my work (come back tomorrow for J  for job) so I really need to make sure I had a reliable Internet company.  It is one of the first questions I ask when we are in the process of moving.  What is Internet like in the city we are moving to.  

Here we went with Cable One.  We had Cox when we lived in Southern California and Cox is in other parts of Arizona, but not where we live.  

I was a little leery when Cable One first got connected, but so far so good other than the time the fibers were cut and it knocked out cell service, internet, and cable for a vast majority of Northern Arizona.  Otherwise, it does have fast Internet speeds.  I was hoping we wouldn't have to bundle here (TV, Internet and phone) because we rarely use the phone (preferring cell phone), but we had to go with a bundle because for some strange reason my work wants a land line and not a cell phone to be able to get a hold of us.  So we bundled.

Do you like your Internet provider?  Did you have to bundle?

55 comments:

Birgit said...

Ahh the internet-remember when you had to dial to get connected? We have a bundle package-phone, cable and internet. So many just have a cell phone now and Netflix but I don't need a big cell phone thing-just a pay as you go. I also love my TV:) I am not a fan of Netflix...yet

EcoCatLady said...

Don't EVEN get me started on this topic! In my neighborhood both phone and internet service are a bit iffy. Apparently, folks in the barrio don't count for much where cable companies are concerned. While the CenturyFinks are busy bringing gigabit service to wealthy parts of the city, they can't be bothered to upgrade the lines here from the original lead ones strung in the 1950's - hence, the fastest DSL we can get here is about 3 megs - and you can count on the phone service going out every time it rains.

Sooo... I'm stuck with Comblast which is sort of like an evil empire. They at least provide service here, but their voice service leaves a bit to be desired as the signal is periodically garbled beyond all recognition, and heaven help you if you try to call the technical support line!

If I didn't spend 3-4 hours per day on the phone I'd just skip it and go for a cell phone. It just strikes me as ironic that I had a better functioning telephone back in the 1970s! Sigh.

Suffice it to say that I would heartily support legislation to regulate the internet as a public service!

Intense Guy said...

Fortunately for me, there are several options where I live and the competition makes for better service and pricing. And it means it is not necessary to bundle.

Eileen T said...

I have a good internet service, provided by Sky, but it is part of a bundle with a land line phone which I didn't really want but went with it as it was the cheapest option. I don't have the TV in the bundle, as I rarely watch it so prefer to use the UK Freeview service instead. I need a mobile phone for work but go for the pay as you go option because, again, it was the cheapest for me.

Rhonda Albom said...

Internet in New Zealand is shockingly expensive and slower than California. Mobile phones are worse. I can't get mobile service in certain parts of my house. Do I like my internet provider? What a loaded question - but I think it's the best one around.

TARYTERRE said...

No options here. One provider. Service is not always good. Glad to hear your new situation is working out. KNOCK on WOOD.

Sophie Duncan said...

I live in a country village in Kent, UK, which means I live a mere 3 miles from the nearest town, Canterbury, but those 3 miles mean everything. Canterbury has fibre, we have copper with not much sign they're going to upgrade us anytime soon, but compared the dial up I had when I first started using the internet, even copper is whizzie :)
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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Bijoux said...

We don't have much of a choice here. There's only one cable provider per area, unless we wanted AT&T which I refuse to ever do business with again.

We used to have Cox before we moved. They were expensive but very reliable.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have cable internet. We do have a choice here with DSL or cable. I do have a bundle as it was cheaper for me to do it that way. The phone never gets used. I use my cell phone. I do remember the days of dial up internet. Thankfully we improved on that.

lyndagrace said...

As far as cable company choices, we don’t have one. Comcast is the only game in town. Overall, they have been reliable. They provide our tv, phone and internet.
My complaint is the bill. It seems to keep going up and up.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Can't stand our current provider; if there are more than three drops of rain it knocks out our service, and it's not satellite!

Maria Zannini said...

The only thing I miss about living in the city is reliable internet.

I'm always losing my connection. :(

Wendy said...

We have Cox but don't bundle. My sister bundles, and every time there's a bad storm or hurricane, they lose the phone. That always worries me, but now that we're so mobile with a cell phone, it shouldn't matter if we lose the phone, right?
~Visiting from AtoZ

Pat Hatt said...

It works most days fine here, but no bundle for me, just internet is all I need.

Jeff Bushman said...

I have ATT. It somehow comes through my phone lines and into a modem thingy. It works great and is lightning fast. ATT has a little shed on the property next door full of phone wires and computers and gadgets and such. I once wrote a blog post about how some guy was making threats against the president and he did it from the ATT shed and they traced it to me. Some folks actually believed my story. LOL

Bushman
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@jwb81074

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

When the internet goes down I kind of just sit there lost - I have no idea what I did before it :). We're bundled - we have internet, phone and TV through Sky and they've been pretty good.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Keith's ramblings said...

Yes to both! good provider and a bundle! No complaints. It's affordable fast and ....well, that's it really!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Our choices are Cox or Verizon. I am content but am ready to switch since the competitor has better pricing.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Chrys Fey said...

I have to have Internet. Yes, I went with a bundle too. But at the time it was a promo deal and that promo just ended to my price skyrocketed. I'm dealing with the company now to fix that. So I'll bite my tongue on whether or not I like them. ;)

Saleslady371 said...

Ha! I was part of that service knocked out in No. Arizona! A day without internet....I remember reading more!!!!

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Linda said...

Furthest thing from my mind as husband takes care of it. Century Link home phone & internet $84.47. You hit on an interesting worldly topic and how dependent we are on it. Hopefully your work goes on uninterrupted.

Ruth said...

We have phone and internet bundled. No cable available and got rid of the dish. Windstream doesn't do stand alone DSL service. We could have gotten bare bones phone service, but it is still landline so we got full service and I just don't have a cell. I am always home anyway.

Darla M Sands said...

I prefer not to bundle, either. Our provider seems solid, a blessing for us as my partner requires a good connection for work. Your photo with the bench is fabulous, by the way! I so want to sit there with a notebook and camera. Thanks for stopping by my blog during this fun A to Z challenge.

Lux G. said...

Although I'm from the generation without the internet, I can't say no to internet now. It's so helpful.

Paula Kaye said...

We have Cox. And no we don't bundle. I don't have a landline any longer!

Danielle L Zecher said...

We have AT&T, and they are terrible. I'm hoping we cn switch soon. We don't have a bundle because we just have two things (internet and cellphones) with them and you have to have three to bundle. If either one of us relied on the internet for work we would NOT have AT&T.

Jay Noel said...

Not a bundler, but Charter keeps raising the price every six months or so. Frustrtaing!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Nice to meet another Arizonan! I'm visiting from A-Z and just found you. I'm blogging mystery terms at www.samwriteaway.blogspot.com Hope to see you there, too.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We have Verizon internet and TV. It's pretty good for staying inservice but it's expensive.

Stephen Tremp said...

We were paying crazy money for the Cox bundle. Now we have KajicJack for landline ($59.95 a year) and basic cable because we now have Roku TV.

JOHN said...

Thanks for stopping by

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We have a bundle now but didn't a few years ago. We have Time Warner in our area. I'm not a fan of those dishes on the house. Also as long as land lines are available I will have one. I do not like talking on cell phones. Hope your weekend goes well. Debby

Liz A. said...

I don't mind bundling, but I also don't have a land line phone. But cable and Internet...

We've got Verizon FIOS. So far, so good. Much better than the other provider in the area. It's been 10 years since I did anything with them, and I still consider them the worst company ever.

Alissa Meredith Jill Osborn Schapiro said...

powerful...

Chatty Crone said...

We have used Comcast and do bundle - am I happy - I would be happier if it was cheaper!

Jo said...

We bundle, don't have that many choices in Canada. It is all pretty expensive.

Jerralea said...

We have Lazernet which is a little different from satellite. It's unlimited, thank goodness, but the weather does knock it out now and then. We don't have too many choices living rurally as we do...

I do remember when we had dial-up, so I try not to complain too much!

J E Oneil said...

Yeah, I have to bundle, too. It's with Cox, which is not nearly as bad as other internet companies. I'm glad your new internet is working out :)

Lynn Proctor said...

We have fios bundle and it's gone up!!

Mildred said...

Hi Betty, We moved 16 miles across town this time last year. Thankfully the internet service we did have does not service this area. We are very pleased with our current service but we did have to bundle. We have a land line but rarely use it!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

We have Verizon Fios. It's a pretty good service, albeit pricey. It's amazing how dependent you become on Internet service! Especially if your job depends on it.

Sharon said...

Well, our internet connection became a little complicated when we moved to the mountains. We called in and were told that our house was in the service area for Time-Warner. So, we set up an appointment. The cable guy showed up, and after about 10 minutes outside, he knocked on the front door. He then proceeded to ask us where the cable box was located. We didn't know. Well, after some more exploration, we discovered that there was NO cable to our house. Yes, there were outlets in the house, but we were up too far in the mountains to have the cable laid to our house!

So, one Direct TV hookup later, we got TV. And, our internet is on DSL. It's taken a bit of getting used to the slower speed, and sometimes spotty reception, but I'm mostly glad that I'm still connected to the world!!

XO

JosephAlsarraf said...

Oh, I forgot all about the A to Z challenge! My internet Service provider is ok. It works most of the time, but occasionally likes to turn on and off sometimes.

I like your word for the letter I!

: )

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

No bundle. But we do like our internet provider so far. And we definitely need it. My husband works from home and he needs it to get his job done.

Stephanie Faris said...

Did you hear about the guy who moved, only to be told there was no cable Internet where he was? Prior to that, he'd had repeated assurance from Comcast that there would be high-speed Internet but nope. So now he's having to sell his house because he works from home and he's a computer programmer, I think? His job requires high-speed Internet, so even satellite Internet won't do. How did you verify it? I don't trust calling Comcast to ask!

Mevely317 said...

Ya, we too are obligated to bundle with Cox.
I seriously loathe our land-line – the only ones who call anymore are solicitors. (The “Do Not Call” registry leaves lots to be desired!) But Tom doesn't want to give it up.

Personally, I’d even be willing to 'pull the plug' on the cable TV. Then again, Tom might have a stroke!

Anna Tan said...

I can't live without internet.

Well, I probably can. But...

Funny story. The internet in our office went down for like two hours a few days ago, and there was this big uproar. I don't think I've ever heard so many people talking at once in such panicky voices!

Nick Wilford said...

We've got the broadband and phone with BT, and I don't know what it is, but lately the service has been terrible! Constantly freezing up, and the phone isn't even working. We just got upgraded to fibre optic, but it hasn't seemed to make any difference. So it's a bit of a sore point right now. Could have something to do with the capabilities of the laptop I'm using though, which isn't great.

Pearson Report said...

These post are great for reading about other peoples experiences in the comments.

Sounds like you're doing pretty good with your setup.
I'm happy with mine too. I do have a landline, that's mostly because in an emergency the landline doesn't require air waves.

I'll look forward to J… see you then.

Sent with smiles, Jenny, Pearson Report
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@PearsonReport

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I stayed with AoL and dial-up until last year when it became apparent that the school was going to ask Hannah to do things that required high speed internet. We are in a "no man's land" where there is very little choice. We decided on Hughes net. I find their usage meter lags behind actual use and gives you a false impression of data left. I also think it is pricey for what you get. But it works really well unless there is a thunderstorm to the SE of us. That's the direction of the satellite. And then single can go in and out or even be lost until the particular cell moves on.

salemslot9 said...

no bundle
just land line phone
+ internet
AT&T
my John has a cheap
cell phone for work

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

We bundle, and we are certain we are being ripped off! lolz Every month Ole Boy says it's getting rid of it all...he never does, and I'd be very surprised if he ever did.

I wonder why it matters to your employer whether they use a land line or a cell...with a cell number, they could always find you, and it is for that reason why I never like to share my cell phone number.

Veronica Lee said...
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Veronica Lee said...

I have no complaints about my current internet provider. It's the best we have had so far.