It’s the end of an era. After nearly 9 years (since I moved out from my parents place), I’m finally switching (more like abandoning) Comcast for my cable and broadband needs. It was a momentous occasion, because not only was I moving away from living with my parents, but I was also……. going to get broadband internet. If you know me, you know that broadband was a dream to behold and wrap around myself like a comfy blanket. 🙂 I despised the dial-up internet we had at my parents’ house, so I was ready for the fat pipe. I’ve had the same comcast email addresses since 2000.
So why am I switching? In a nutshell? Verizon’s FiOS service. FiOS is fiber optic, which is pretty cool. After over two years of telling us through mailings and signs hung on our doorknobs, it was turning into something akin to vaporware. I even read in our community newspaper about the frustrations the community association was experiencing from dealing with Verizon. Sounded like FiOS was never going to happen.
Oddly enough, and seemingly overnight in March, a Verizon salesman knocked on our door, and asked us about signing up. When? Now. Now? It was all deployed? So he said. Well, I didn’t chomp at the bit, since we don’t have an HDTV. What’s the benefit of HD channels when you don’t have the tv to watch them.
Relax, we didn’t get an HDTV (though I keep trying to wear my wife’s logical resolve down.) Verizon is doing a pretty neat bundle — FiOS TV (with a number of HD channels), phone (local and long distance), and broadband (10 Mbps downstream, 2 Mbps upstream.) Total cost before taxes and fees? $94, which I have been told by the CFO (my wife) will save us $50 a month.
$50 a month? My wife makes a lot of sense. Even better, looks like we’ll be getting back all of our familiar NYC regional channels that Comcast had gradually taken away from us over the course of a year. Bite me, Comcast. I put in the installation request today, so I’m looking forward to trying out Verizon’s fiber optic network in a few weeks.