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Cable-free

One of my goals for the new year is to dump cable TV. I lived without it for three years in SF--I decided it was not worth the money after Angel was cancelled, because I wasn't watching any new shows at the time and had only had it for the picture quality. Living no-cable did become a bit of an issue when I started getting into Lost, because I couldn't get ABC on the rabbit ears, unlike other local channels.

Now, I just don't watch that many shows, and I have Google TV and streaming video, so I can watch things without needing cable (only downside, no closed captioning, but that should be changing), and it would still be less money than I am paying in a monthly cable bill.

But here's the trick: I also use cable for internet at the moment, and I ain't giving up my internet. So I need to find an internet provider that isn't connected to cable or satellite TV. So what do people suggest? Is Century Link any good? Is there an alternative that isn't cable, satellite, or DSL, or do I need to pretty much go DSL? And if I do, I do *not* want to pay for a land line I won't use. Me and my cell phone get by pretty well.

Thanks, all.

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cactuswatcher
Dec. 1st, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I like my CenturyLink DSL a lot, but I've always had a land line. I got the deal they'd been promoting for DSL plus an upgrade in land line phone service which you don't need. Without any other service, if you can actually get it that way, CenturyLink DSL is $35 per month plus whatever fees.

As far as I know all high-speed Internet is through cable, satellite, or DSL. I think you can get DSL from other providers, but I have no idea who they'd be or what sort of service you can get.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 1st, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, finding actual *providers* is a bit of a chore. There's lots of alleged "Phoenix area providers" that I've never heard of and who the hell knows if they're any good?

But I appreciate your feedback on Century Link.
anodyna
Dec. 2nd, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Is it something with your provider that you can't keep cable internet if you drop cable TV? We get a small discount on cable TV because we also have cable internet, but afaik we have the option of dropping either one and just keeping the other. Maybe you do, too.

We used DSL before switching to cable, but we wanted to give up our land line and in our area "naked" DSL (DSL internet without an active land line) isn't available. It is in some places, though, I guess? Clear wireless is all over my city promoting satellite-based internet too--I'm not sure if they're national.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 2nd, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not too happy with their internet service, either. I often have to reset the modem and router due to no connection. It gets a bit annoying. But it's the TV I'm not interested in. I can ask, but talking to those phone reps rarely goes well. They want to sell you more, not less.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I don't know if you can get a DSL without a land line (in some areas I think you can). I can tell you verizon broadband sucks and you COULD NOT stream those videos because they'll run you right over your monthly limit and the fees are outrageous.

Satellite is expensive and out here a lot of us have it and I've heard nothing good about it at all.

I would kill to get cable internet or DSL
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 2nd, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
No satellite, unless it's internet only and no TV. Satellite has even *more* pointless channels I wouldn't watch.

I could deal with a useless land line I don't use as long as it's not overpriced and some fancy digital option thing I'm spending money on and again...not using.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hughes net is internet only, it's very expensive, it's even more expensive to disconnect, they slow the speed down if you use too much and half the time it's just plain out (like I said, a lot of people have it here I know how bad it is)

that i don't know. I know AT&T would put in a "dry dsl" which meant no phone but since cell phones doesn't work here half the time and they are MORE money than having a land line I didn't try that but you might find that a useful option. It just won't be as fast as cable. However, I have streamed video on my parents dsl so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 2nd, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
I am currently using AT&T as my cell provider. I have heard awful things about them lately, but haven't had a bad experience myself. Probably because I have a "dumb phone"--it only makes calls, doesn't text or use apps or anything else.

Considered DSL w/ them for internet. But not if they're reputation w/ it is bad.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 2nd, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I can't answer that. I can only tell you verizon is horrible in every aspect known to man be it phone or broadband (they're so bad they've had to give my cousin three free phones just to keep her after all the hassle they've given her and you routinely see what they do to me with their internet service)
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 2nd, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Noted.
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