Ah, the creeping up of Atlantic Broadband fees begins...

imaref

Member
Well that didn't take long.

From the internet billing statement I just received from Atlantic Broadband:

"We have continued to incur significant costs for ongoing improvements to our internet infrastructure. As a result, beginning with your October statement, we will be introducing the following new fees:

$3.25/month High Speed Network Recovery Fee for internet customers"

Wonder if those who have both TV and internet will get stuck with this fee as well, or if it's just for those of us who have internet service only...

Recovery fee? Just call it what it is--High Speed Network Increased Dividends to Our Shareholders Fee...
 

Gilligan

#*! boat!
PREMO Member
If it was such a lucrative business....it wouldn't have been sold/transferred five times since I first got cable. I sure wish we had another option...because the dead technology that is cable is "too damned high".
 

PeoplesElbow

Well-Known Member
Metrocast use to do the exact same thing, when I had cable my bill would go up by 10-15 cents a month it seemed.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
If it was such a lucrative business....it wouldn't have been sold/transferred five times since I first got cable. I sure wish we had another option...because the dead technology that is cable is "too damned high".
It would still be faster than our current T1 service.
 

mitzi

Well-Known Member
Well that didn't take long.

From the internet billing statement I just received from Atlantic Broadband:

"We have continued to incur significant costs for ongoing improvements to our internet infrastructure. As a result, beginning with your October statement, we will be introducing the following new fees:

$3.25/month High Speed Network Recovery Fee for internet customers"

Wonder if those who have both TV and internet will get stuck with this fee as well, or if it's just for those of us who have internet service only...

Recovery fee? Just call it what it is--High Speed Network Increased Dividends to Our Shareholders Fee...
High Speed Network Recovery Fee? Several times a day for over a month now, mine gets sluggish. I've run some tests and it's not my PC, it's the service. Let's "recover" some speed.
 

mitzi

Well-Known Member
If it was such a lucrative business....it wouldn't have been sold/transferred five times since I first got cable. I sure wish we had another option...because the dead technology that is cable is "too damned high".
What was it before Metrocast? I can't remember.
 
Well that didn't take long.

From the internet billing statement I just received from Atlantic Broadband:

"We have continued to incur significant costs for ongoing improvements to our internet infrastructure. As a result, beginning with your October statement, we will be introducing the following new fees:

$3.25/month High Speed Network Recovery Fee for internet customers"

Wonder if those who have both TV and internet will get stuck with this fee as well, or if it's just for those of us who have internet service only...

Recovery fee? Just call it what it is--High Speed Network Increased Dividends to Our Shareholders Fee...
I noticed that too and this time I finally got angry enough to call and ask how much I was paying for cable. $106.oo for expanded basic and at least 70% of that is crap I never bother to watch. So I jotted down what I really watch and what I could live without and went with Sling. I found out later there were actually better offers out there with more options than Sling as well. At any rate, I no longer get the majority of local channels (which I seldom watch anyway), nor MSNBC and Fox. I do get CNN, which I don't watch religiously, which means I no longer get much political news. Win win, after two days I realized that I don't miss it.

What I did get, is a $29.00 month bill that gives me my most watched channels AND I packed up all those stupid boxes and got rid of all the cable wires including 300 feet of cable that I was forced to use with a splitter in order to make cable/internet work in my son's room. Metrocast was never able to fix that little problem despite my constant bitching.

So far I've been really happy with my choice and was able to binge watch Mayans MC and The Purge to my hearts content. AND just yesterday I found out it has a pause feature!!! Who knew? What a great idea! (I'm not so much technically savvy)
 

SamSpade

Well-Known Member
I noticed that too and this time I finally got angry enough.......
I SO wish I could get my family on board with this, because with the outrageous bill from ABB - *AND* the handful of growing streaming costs they all want in addition - I can barely handle it all.

At the bottom of it all - I absolutely have to have their Internet package. I work from home, and I need the speed, and no one else offers it where I live.

I don't know of an alternative arrangement I can create that will -

1. Abandon ABB for TV
2. Keep a working house phone
3. Be able to record live TV and
4. Keep up to a whole season's worth of ANY show
5. Be able to watch any one of those in any room in the house that has a DVR.

We subscribe to a number of streaming services. While they offer reruns and such - the BEST
some of them offer is to watch the show a day late, but sometimes a week - if at all. We might
miss a season of shows - and find that our service keeps only five - if that. Or doesn't carry this
or that network, when - if you have a DVR, it will record absolutely anything.

Of course, there's also - LIVE TV. Breaking news, morning weather, local news, local events.

When I add it all up - I don't see significant savings.

I'd be much better off not watching TV at all.
 
I SO wish I could get my family on board with this, because with the outrageous bill from ABB - *AND* the handful of growing streaming costs they all want in addition - I can barely handle it all.

At the bottom of it all - I absolutely have to have their Internet package. I work from home, and I need the speed, and no one else offers it where I live.

I don't know of an alternative arrangement I can create that will -

1. Abandon ABB for TV
2. Keep a working house phone
3. Be able to record live TV and
4. Keep up to a whole season's worth of ANY show
5. Be able to watch any one of those in any room in the house that has a DVR.

We subscribe to a number of streaming services. While they offer reruns and such - the BEST
some of them offer is to watch the show a day late, but sometimes a week - if at all. We might
miss a season of shows - and find that our service keeps only five - if that. Or doesn't carry this
or that network, when - if you have a DVR, it will record absolutely anything.

Of course, there's also - LIVE TV. Breaking news, morning weather, local news, local events.

When I add it all up - I don't see significant savings.

I'd be much better off not watching TV at all.
Sam, I've been talking about dumping my cable for two years now and for me it was fear of trying something new that prevented me from doing so. All it took was an $8.00 increase from ABB that threw me over the edge. I do miss cable news slightly but in the short week that I've had Sling I've found that I'm not turning on the news all day long and basically ignoring it. I think I just turn it on for the background noise anyway and the quiet is nice and the not being pissed off at what I'm hearing is great. My routine was up around 4am turn the news on and around 12:00 turn off Andrea Mitchell (can't stand her) for another news station and leaving it on until 7pm. It's what 10:00 right now - haven't had the tv on since 11:00 last night.

All I'm hearing right now is the cows mooing and the birds chirping. It's peaceful.
 

mitzi

Well-Known Member
GMP?..and Western Shore before that...going back any farther would tax the old bean too much. ;-)
Yes, Western Shore is the one I was trying to remember. I lived in the north end of the county until 96 and we had Jones Intercable back then. I think that changed to Comcast.
 

mitzi

Well-Known Member
I noticed that too and this time I finally got angry enough to call and ask how much I was paying for cable. $106.oo for expanded basic and at least 70% of that is crap I never bother to watch. So I jotted down what I really watch and what I could live without and went with Sling. I found out later there were actually better offers out there with more options than Sling as well. At any rate, I no longer get the majority of local channels (which I seldom watch anyway), nor MSNBC and Fox. I do get CNN, which I don't watch religiously, which means I no longer get much political news. Win win, after two days I realized that I don't miss it.

What I did get, is a $29.00 month bill that gives me my most watched channels AND I packed up all those stupid boxes and got rid of all the cable wires including 300 feet of cable that I was forced to use with a splitter in order to make cable/internet work in my son's room. Metrocast was never able to fix that little problem despite my constant bitching.

So far I've been really happy with my choice and was able to binge watch Mayans MC and The Purge to my hearts content. AND just yesterday I found out it has a pause feature!!! Who knew? What a great idea! (I'm not so much technically savvy)
I finally broke down and got a Firestick. I just couldn't keep paying over $100 a month to watch TV. There are downfalls and it's a big adjustment. I always watched the news on the local stations. Firestick comes with 2 browsers and you can get local news live on the local stations thru their website on the browser. You can't watch most of the stations without a cable provider sign on, but I found a way around that. No live TV at all, so everything you have to watch a day or so later. Certain special programs that my be live streamed you can get thru the station's website on the browser. It's a big adjustment and I'm still not used to it. But the savings is worth the adjustment to me. I can use that $100 plus for much better things than just wanting to watch TV. If you have an Amazon Prime account you are able watch tons of good movies, that's a bonus.
 
I finally broke down and got a Firestick. I just couldn't keep paying over $100 a month to watch TV. There are downfalls and it's a big adjustment. I always watched the news on the local stations. Firestick comes with 2 browsers and you can get local news live on the local stations thru their website on the browser. You can't watch most of the stations without a cable provider sign on, but I found a way around that. No live TV at all, so everything you have to watch a day or so later. Certain special programs that my be live streamed you can get thru the station's website on the browser. It's a big adjustment and I'm still not used to it. But the savings is worth the adjustment to me. I can use that $100 plus for much better things than just wanting to watch TV. If you have an Amazon Prime account you are able watch tons of good movies, that's a bonus.
My son had mentioned that also. He doesn't watch much tv but put a trial Sling on for me when I watched his dog at his house over a weekend. It was super easy to figure out and I think that's what sold me initially. I'm not completely sold on Sing yet - Hulu offers more for a slightly higher price, but I can quit whenever I want and take advantage of whatever low trial offers are out there.

I'm with you, the lower price was the enticement. I'm saving $71.00 a month by cutting Broadband - and right before Christmas - that's a big bonus for me. If I decide to do something else after that - I'm good with it. I can live without all the local news/cable new for a few months.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
You can't watch most of the stations without a cable provider sign on, but I found a way around that.
This is what I want to know... the work around. Some of the providers have an app you can download if you have a Windows 10 compatible PC or laptop to plug into your TV. Is that the work around you are talking about?
 

mitzi

Well-Known Member
This is what I want to know... the work around. Some of the providers have an app you can download if you have a Windows 10 compatible PC or laptop to plug into your TV. Is that the work around you are talking about?
No lol. My work around is my daughter lets me use her log in to the cable company.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
A $4.00/month Sports Programming Fee for any customers who subscribe to any TV service that includes our Expanded Basic or Digital Plus Service. :burning:
 
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