Funny So the provider with the worst HD quality and last-generation FTTN technology now has some of the highest prices?
The new AT&T may no longer be a monopoly, but I say let's break them up again. The company was split up for a reason, and they should never have merged back to become another giant telco.
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re breakup: There is nothing close to a legal reason for doing that. We'd have to give emergency powers to the President like they did in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez to do that. Is that what you want?
re provider with the worst: I actually agree with you that AT&T U-verse isn't very good. I personally tried it and decided to keep Cable TV. But, I have lots of friends with U-verse who like it a lot. They are not so concerned about the technical aspects and are not really aware of small-ish differences in HD PQ. They are the mass market -- not us techno-people. I would bet that at least 80% of people you showed cable/satellite vs. U-verse would not see a difference.
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Everyone I know that has experienced U-Verse has had serious problems -- beyond the 7 hour installation that requires you taking a vacation day. U-Verse customers are primarily people that hate cable and don't like the idea of satellite.
You must not know too many people with U-verse. I have had service since May 2009, and I have had no serious problems. Also, my install did not take 7 hours, and installs can be scheduled for the weekend or an off day.
If you want the install to occur on a day that requires you to take a vacation day, that is your choice. The same is true with having cable or satellite installed.
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Like I said I have lots of friends who have U-verse and are happy with it. It wasn't for me (at least the TV portion) but when I had it installed to try it out, it took less than 2 hours, starting from scratch and ending up with TV and Internet service with 4 STBs. And the TV part worked just fine, my only issue was HD PQ. The SD TV offerings were excellent, actually quite a bit better than cable. And the STB was better than cable too.