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I’m posting this as someone who’s a complete dinosaur when it comes to technology

I’m posting this as someone who’s a complete dinosaur when it comes to technology Posted on March 26, 201743 Comments

I’m posting this as someone who’s a complete dinosaur when it comes to technology, so all replies should use small tech words. 🙂 We want to completely cut the cord cable-wise and rely entirely on Internet for everything. Unfortunately, we’re slaves to Time-Warner Cable for both, so cutting out cable doesn’t reduce our TWC bill by hardly anything. (At the moment, we just have the basic package because we generally watch our shows on Netflix or Hulu.)
Is there a way to go online (especially here in Louisville) without using a commercial internet service? Or is there a commercial internet service here in the ‘Ville that’s cheaper than TWC but still offers a GOOD internet experience? I’ve heard about creating a hotspot with your phone, but have no idea what that involves. Um, help? (And remember, dinosaur here. Rawr.)

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    1. And switching to unlimited data isn’t a problem, especially since we’re a month away from renewing our wireless contract. We could even switch companies depending on who offers the best rate and service. I just don’t understand how doing that creates the internet out of thin air. (Hah.)

  1. try entering your address into Embarq, Earthlink, Sprint, or AT&T internet. Yes, these are all big cable/big phone, or resellers. Unfortunately, this is what “we’re not monopolies, honest!” looks like. It fucking sucks, but it is what it is, until a bigger, badder, more badass giant comes in with a technology so different that the oligarchs can’t legislate it out of competitiveness.

    You can switch to internet-only. Prepare to walk if you have another option available. Ask to speak to someone in Retention and tell them you want an internet-only deal like a new customer, and see what they can do. They will try to upsell you packages and nonsense, and insist that the other options all have hidden fees–point out to them that they also have hidden fees. Point out that as they’ve just become “Spectrum” that you’re technically a new Spectrum customer and should receive the new promotional rates.

    1. I tried doing the Internet-only thing with TWC when we moved into our new digs a year and a half ago, but dropping cable was only going to save us like 10 bucks at that point. TWC is SO good at NOT giving you what you want. Maybe it’s different now with Spectrum in the picture, but I ain’t gonna hold my breath. I’ll look into the resellers you mention up there, though. Thanks!

    1. We’re planning to do the antenna thing once we’re through with cable, Cheryl. I love that that’s still an option in this day and age. (And that it’s not an enormous eyesore sticking out of one’s roof.) We just want cheaper internet. We had AT&T U-verse at our old place, but it’s not available where we are now. Neither is Iglou, which also could have been an option.

  2. They have the flat antenna about $50 on Amazon that literally hang on wall behind a picture. Cannot sit it all all.

  3. Our unlimited data is cheaper on 3 lines than Comcast. Hotspot for us would be another 30…then bill would equal comcast.

  4. We get our internet via a radio internet provider. This requires an antenna and we have to be fairly close to the transmitter (it’s line-of-sight) but we have unlimited access, it’s super fast, and we did not have to give our first-born child to a cable or satellite provider. Not sure if there’s any of this in your area (we are very rural and radio internet seems to be a rural thing) but it’s really working well for us.

  5. My son…online gamer and sports nut….is the reason why we still have Comcast. And Netflix works better thru comcast…no little spinning red circle on tv anymore

  6. I just reduced my cable bill 25 bucks by getting rid of HBO (I have to have cable as I have my internet with it and did have Direct w/ century link wi-fi it SUCKED the wi-fi would drop with me 3 feet from the router,,)

    1. Yeah, we just have basic as it is and only watch “live” TV on a couple of local networks. I’d just as soon use an antenna for that and get rid of cable altogether. But I don’t know if Time-Warner will allow it. 🙁

  7. I use Exede. I used to use my hotspot on my phone, but we were exceeding our data limits. They have to mount a dish, but I have to say I’m super pleased with it. I have a 20 G pro plan, and I’ve only used less than 10 each month.

  8. Can you tell me more about this? We are in a very rural area and our internet is usually slow. What kind of speed do you get? How does it compare cost-wise?

  9. How lovely it would be if we could say, “I just want ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, HGTV, and SyFy”…or whatever ESPN stuff LaDonna’s husband needs. I’m backward enough to demand a landline from AT&T as well as my Internet. Also have the smallest cable package because I rarely find anything I want to watch that I can’t stream via Netflix (which I cancel for months at a time) or Amazon Prime which probably isn’t going to get renewed when it’s up this year (depends on how many of my favorite authors have new books out or movies coming up I know I’ll want to get DVDs of…in that case, the TV part ends up being sorta free because of the mailing costs I’d have for stuff ends up equaling the membership). You aren’t the only dinosaur out here, Liz 🙂

    1. I know, right! This is my big gripe with cable. Why can’t I just get the channels I want? Why do I have to take all the stuff I’ll never watch???

  10. Kids bought something called Roku. Said it would eliminate cable TV. This dinosaur doesn’t know how it works, but they said it would slash my bill a lot. (Still trying to decide.)

    1. I have Roku and mostly use it to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, both of which I pay for. You don’t get a whole lot of channels with it free.

  11. I have Exede (live in a no-cable zone) and I had to get their most expensive plan to have enough data to watch streaming video regularly. Having teens is a big data suck, lol. It’s about $110 a month for just internet (no tv or phone). I’m reading the comments as I’d love another option. It’s also slow so I’ve been meaning to upgrade to a higher speed for another $10 or so.

  12. I’m curious about this too. When I google nothing comes up except listening to radio via the internet…

  13. We have Internet / no cable and for awhile just used our Hotspot on our phones, but we needed too much data and it was cheaper to pay 50$ a month for WiFi service through TWC

  14. Get yourself a Firestick or a Chrome stick, and the software is on there for Netflix and many TV channels. I’m not tech savvy at all, so that’s all the info I have. My nephew is working on setting this up for us.

    1. We tried Chromecast for a while, Lisa, but it had some lag time that kept interrupting the watching experience. I’ll look into the others. (It’s been years since we used Chromecast, so they’ve probably come a long way with the technology.) Thanks!

  15. The problem with a hotspot is that the load times are slow if you have multiple devices. You wont’ be able to watch anything without lag times.

  16. The company that serves us is called “Speedwavz” but there are plenty of others out there–most are kind of localized. I think the key words to look for are “fixed wireless broadband internet”. We have very, very bad phone lines in our area so it’s pointless to try to access internet that way and of course no one has run any cables out here. We tried a couple different satellite providers but no matter how much we payed we just didn’t get enough broadband to stream movies or do gaming. The plan we have now is much less expensive and we are very happy with it.

  17. I have to look into Roku. It’s something I’ve heard about, but I don’t really know what it is. Another thing to add to the “Google this” list.

  18. Check the DSL service through AT&T if they are in your area. If you’re a new customer you usually get a discount rate for at least the first year. Then you negotiate and ask how much it’s worth to them to keep your business.

    1. Is that U-Verse, Marilyn? That’s what we had at our old place, and I loved it. It was only like 50 bucks a month. Unfortunately, we don’t have it in our new neighborhood.

    1. DSL isn’t dial up. It’s not as fast as cable but it’s better than the old dial up we used to have 20 years ago.

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