[PLUG-TALK] Comcast intermittent woes

Vedanta Teacher orevedantateacher at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 04:42:16 PDT 2017


I didn't see which part of town you were in. I live in
North Portland and never have a problem with
comcast. But, I work in North Clackamas & the
connections can be spotty .

Paul W.

On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 12:10 AM, Keith Lofstrom <keithl at kl-ic.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 03:05:48PM -0700, Dick Steffens wrote:
> > ... studied the connections up on the pole. He found that
> > the device up there that feeds my house and one or two others
> > was very old, probably from before TCI started @Home service
> > in the mid '90s. ...
>
> Thanks for that!  Last Friday, Comcast transferred the
> Business Internet account from my wife's office downtown
> to our home; her office building is mismanaged and becoming
> unusable.  We have new cable connections now, but knowing
> what can go wrong will help us in the future.
>
> We still have Frontier FIOS to the house; it was WONDERFUL
> when Verizon was operating it, but has become almost
> unusable with Frontier's cost-cutting connectivity cutbacks
> (full speed to Ookla, as slow as 5 kbps to many websites).
> Moron operators, hidden fees, opaque service offerings,
> and they may have sold our information to telemarketers.
> After a few weeks to verify Comcast is working correctly,
> we will either add our house phone to the Comcast contract,
> or buy an Ooma box for managed VOIP over Comcast internet.
>
> The Frontier fiber coming into our house is single mode
> 40-year-armored, the good stuff, and might support 100Gbps
> with the right equipment at both ends.  So when we cancel
> our service from Frontier,  we will ask them to leave the
> fiber.  I expect the cheapskates to remove the Optical
> Network Terminal (ONT) to replace a broken one elsewhere.
>
> When Frontier goes bankrupt (they are very close) and their
> Oregon FIOS assets are bought by a more competent operator,
> we might switch service to the new operator.  It would be
> great if the new operator was regional or even community
> owned, but I expect it will take three years and a billion
> dollars of investment in OR/WA to mitigate Frontier's mess.
>
> So far, though, Comcast Business may cost more but they
> treat us VERY well.
>
> Keith
>
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