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Old 06-17-03, 03:36 AM
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1GB D/L's a month? Comcast newsgroup question

So, after June 30th, Comcast will take over AT&T.

And instead of getting unlimited downloads from the newsgroups, they are limiting your downloads to 1GB a month or you pay extra .

WTF?


I'm sure this is old news to you all, but I thought it was just a rumor.

Anyway, what to do, what to do.

Well,


1. I could cancel my cable service and go DSL.


Or,

2.I could sign up for a newsgroup service with better service, fees, and retention time.

Or,

3. I could cancel everything and say **** it, internet service, newsgroups, e-mail, who needs it. It only drains my time away from doing something far more productive like finding the cure for the Common Cold, or writing The Great American Novel, or talking to wife(whatsername).

So, out of options 1, or 2 what do you suggest?
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Old 06-17-03, 04:44 AM
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I am getting closer and closer to option 3. I am spending way too much time inside.

Other than that option 2 would be your best bet, however my sickness has evolved into using 3 different pay services at the tune of $120 a month.

Verizon DSL in my area (Milford, MA) is sukekeke. I actually have both Comcast cable and Verizon DSL running on different computers at home and DSL is about 3x slower that Comcast.

Why not build furniture in the garage instead.
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Leave comcast

I love Roadrunner...pretty good retention and I've downloaded up to 10 gigs a day

But if you have no choice, I'd go with a pay service...can't live without newsgroups...and a gig a month??? Who the hell are they kidding? Tell them that you want to use the 100 gigs that your 100 closest neighbors will never use becuase they don't know what the hell newsgroups are...
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I would definitely leave Comcast, I don't know the area you are living in but I'm sure you could get some nice fast DSL.
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Checked out DSL.

They want $120 to start, then $49.99 month.

But, I was checking out the Easynews site.

Looks good to me.

But, will I be able to use Agent with it?

I'm so used to Agent.

Would that be a problem?

Anyone use Easynews and have problems with it?

Give me some pros and cons.

thanks
Old 06-18-03, 05:59 AM
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There are other companies that should be able to provide you DSL service. Try Earthlink, no start up fees & $29.95 for the first 6 months, 49.95 after. Unlimited usenet but it's capped at about 150-200K
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How good is earthlink?

I'd get stuff in the mail from them, but always threw it in the trash.
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Originally posted by Blake
Leave comcast

I love Roadrunner...pretty good retention and I've downloaded up to 10 gigs a day

Isn't roadrunner now Comcast?

I mean I still have the roadrunner medic on my desktop.

Of course, if roadrunner is a seperate company, where do I sign up!
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I'm partial because I work for them, I've had EarthLink DSL in the past & never had a problem. Wish I could get it where I am now.
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Re: 1GB D/L's a month? Comcast newsgroup question

Originally posted by smokedragon
I'm sure this is old news to you all, but I thought it was just a rumor.
got a link for more info on this?

edit: well I went huting and found so here is one.. awwwww DOH!!

http://www.comcast.net/terms/use.jsp

"Comcast permits users of the Service to download a maximum of one gigabyte (1GB) of newsgroup content in any one month, unless users are subject to a Service plan that permits downloading more content. "

That is just BS.. I love how I have been on highspeed cable for years now, given them (signed up with comcast in the first place) $$$$ of money over the years and now this.. sigh.. Gig a month is nothing at all once you are on highspeed.. blah

Time to give comcast the finger and jump to the 10meg fiber line behind the house!! heh

edit part 2: to stay on topic.. if it was me (and it sort of is being I'm in the same boat) I would drop comcast and go with DSL or whatever else you can get.. If for no other reason then for them to NOT get my $$$... Surewest, here I come baby!!

http://www.surewestbroadband.com/wf/products/data.html

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Been using Earthlink DSL three weeks now...pretty much smooth sailing, save for occasional loss of connection. It's not bad at all, although from my experience, their dial-up had a far better reliability rate (not that their DSL isn't reliable).

But they're going to start taxing you soon, as I found from an e-mail they sent out earlier today. It affects dial-up subscribers in some states, all (?) DSL users (home/business), and those using other premium services.

http://www.earthlink.net/service_support/tax/
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I've been on AT&T (soon to be Comcast) for a couple of years, and I would never go back to Qwest DSL. It well and truly sucked. Cable is much faster. Anyway, I'm also interested in a new Usenet service if anyone would care to recommend something.
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Originally posted by smokedragon
Checked out DSL.

They want $120 to start, then $49.99 month.

But, I was checking out the Easynews site.

Looks good to me.

But, will I be able to use Agent with it?

I'm so used to Agent.

Would that be a problem?

Anyone use Easynews and have problems with it?

Give me some pros and cons.

thanks
Easynews pros -

You don't have to use Agent or any other newsreader, you can use their web interface. Wipes out 98% of the spam and BS posts.

You can use agent though, I do when I need to request something.

Retention is like 30 days for files.

I easily blow 20 to 30 dollars a month with them
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Deadlamb,

at the bottom of the service agreement, it says Revised and effective: June 6, 2002

hmmm

I guess I'm having a hard time believing they'll do this.
I can't get DSL,
Guess I'll have to get Easynews
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I asked around about this on my own message board (it is for a LAN party so it is more cpu related) and many suggest jumping to

http://www.usenetserver.com

$14 a month for an unlimited account and a speed limit of 2meg, that not really being an issue due to att (and comcast too I guess) caps are speed at 1.5 in the first place..

the other idea I listed about the fiber line, turns out to be a tiered set up with an over all d/l limit.. errrr sooooo that is a trade off being I would rather stay over unlimited and just not have to worry about this at all..

Look I'll be the first to admit I'm bandwidth pig and I do not in anyway blame comcast for wanting to limit the news groups. My only issue is that when I signed up it was unlimited and uncapped speed and this was with Comcast too. Now as they come back I'm still at the same price point, heck I think it is even a few bucks more but now I have a speed cap AND a d/l limit on news groups.. BS!! A reduction in service should equal a reduction in cost too.. sigh.. Oh well, as said, look into usenetserver also.. I know some have said ez news is great for the lack of a news reader but heck I like my news reader!! (xnews)
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Originally posted by smokedragon
Isn't roadrunner now Comcast?

I mean I still have the roadrunner medic on my desktop.

Of course, if roadrunner is a seperate company, where do I sign up!
Not that I know of - Roadrunner is part of AOL Time Warner and only available where you have Time Warner Cable. That's the problem with cable internet - you have to go with whomever provides your Cable TV...
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your lucky you have had unlimted newsgroups this long with comcast. they switched me over to 1 gig per month giganews over a year ago,back in early 2002. i basically have given up newsgroups which sucks. it's just too expensive to subscribe to a newsgroup service. atleast for me.
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I also have Comcast but was switched to this system about a year ago. I've found you can download as much as you want as long as its queued up during one session, but then they take it out of your next months limit. The 2nd month I was with them, I downloaded about 70GB, they then sent me an email saying I was over the limit and couldn't download anything for a couple of years. I now use EasyNews.
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AOL and Earthlink both have broadband access. I believe they contract out with local DSL & Cable companies that actually provide the service. You'll pay $5-$10 more per month but you won't have any D/L limitations... I think.

Also check out DSL Reports they have a listing of most of the DSL and Broadband companies and where they provide the services.

So far I'm sticking with Comcast cause DSL is not an option for me and I don't need the extra download to spend the cash on.

I hate big telecom companies and how the monopolize, we really don't have any competative options!!!
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Well, I'm gonna cancel Comcast as soon as my auctions end.

Hopefully I'll be able to get DSL, but only when they have a great deal(I don't have $120 to give them for whatever it is they want it for).

Free installion, no sign up fees.

Then I'll sign on.

Mother of Mercy, I never thought that I would ever say this, but,

I'm going back to 56k.

**** Comcast. They're not getting my business.
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I've had RR for about 3 years and even they have put BW limits or are going to. I play Xbox LIVE alot and even the limits would never affect me according to the posts

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/rema...e,rr~mode=flat
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Originally posted by DeadLamb
I know some have said ez news is great for the lack of a news reader but heck I like my news reader!! (xnews)
You can still use the Xnews reader with Easynews. That's the way I do it.
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Can anyone tell me if you can buy a DSL modem?

Centurytel wants $120 for theirs.

I was wondering if it would be cheaper to buy a modem because they waive the set up fee, and it'll be only $29.99 a month for the first three months($49.99 thereafter). THAT part sounds good.

See, it's the $120 that is stopping me from getting DSL.

If I could lower that somehow(by getting my own DSL modem), then I'd get DSL in a heartbeat.
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Bump

The day is upon us

3rd party usenet recommendations are:

Usenetserver and easynews.

any others?

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