Tuesday, November 25

Cable and Internet Monopolies

How much are you paying for cable?
A decent price for cable from Comcast (the monopoly owner for much of DC/Arlington) is $25-$30/month. I’m guessing many of you are paying $65 or more a month for the same channels.

Here is what to do:
  1. Call Comcast and tell them you are canceling.
  2. Don’t worry- they won’t cut off your cable.
  3. They will, however, transfer you to their retention department.
  4. Tell the retention department you’ve had it with their prices and that there are alternative cable providers coming near you. They will most likely allow you to get the same channels but pay what new members pay - often $30 a month.
  5. While they will transfer you to the lower priced plan, the plan will be temporary- 6 months to a year, at which time you need to call back and talk to the retention people again.
  6. Do this with your internet bill as well. Switch to Comcast’s economy internet service which is under $30 a month.

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