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What is you internet access worth to you?(7 posts)

What is you internet access worth to you?eyebob
Dec 19, 2002 8:41 AM
I'm talking about your access at home, and if you work from home exclude yourself if it's part of your livlyhood.

I get a notice yesterday that AT&T is upping my rates to $58/mo. It'd be less if I bundled it with their cable TV but I don't want that product because they don't have OLN (which is only offered through Direct TV where I live) which for me is a must because of it's cycling coverage.

So I start thinking of the value of the internet to me at my home. Is $700/year commiserate with my use/enjoyment. I don't work from home and I can't take it as a tax writeoff. I spend a fair amount of time on the internet at work (which explains why I lurk here so much)so I can do almost all of the things that I would do at home, at work.

Am I alone in thinking that this is a bit much to spend per year for this? I suppose that it's very subjective, but to me it is based on my current use at home. So I'm going to make the big step of cutting all internet access at home.

One last thought. Anyone out there with any specific knowledge as to what if any the Telecom Act in 1996 has as far as an impact on telecom. rates accross the board.

Bob
Last month? $0.00. This month? Appearantly $9.95Kristin
Dec 19, 2002 8:56 AM
I finally broke down and bought Netzero Premium for $10 month. Actually, until last month, I had worked out a sweet deal with 4 revolving netzero accounts so that I could actually get 40 hours a month free. But I got caught and they locked all my accounts. So I finally broke down and paid for it.
We pay $90/mo for bundled cable.Dave Hickey
Dec 19, 2002 10:55 AM
It's through Charter Communications. 4 digital cable boxes, 10 HBO's, 100+ cable channels(including OLN), and pay per view. It also included Charter internet cable. I networked two PC's off the 1 cable modem. I'm not sure if it's worth it but I really like the cable modem.
Whoa!PaulCL
Dec 19, 2002 11:21 AM
I pay $90/mo for cable modem, two digital boxes, one regular hookup. The cable modem alone is $30/mo of the bill. I think I'm getting screwed 'cause I don't have any HBO, just 100 channels (70 of which is crap). Nothing like a controlled monopoly!
Same herems
Dec 19, 2002 12:31 PM
We pay about $90 for the same level of service (i.e., no HBO or premium channels). You may be getting screwed, but you also have lots of company.
what choice do I have??PaulCL
Dec 20, 2002 7:35 AM
Monopoly.

Besides, I'm willing to pay more for:
a. cable internet...costs $10 more/month
b. digital cable...downloadable movies, locking out channels from the kids, better quality..$20/mo
c. cable, in general, vs. 3 networks + UHF

If I went back to basic cable and phone-based internet access, I'd save maybe $300 per year. For $300, the cable internet alone is worth it. I had dial-up for years and it sucked.

Funny note: digital cable: My digital cable system has about 50-75 movies titles at any time to download. First run drama, comedies, family movies,etc... But they also have around 200 porn movies titles to download. Isn't that ridiculous?? Aren't all porn movies essentially the same?? I would hate to have on my bill, and hence, permanent computer record at the cable company, that I downloaded a bunch of porn movies. The titles would be displayed on any monthly bill.
re: $38 a monthjrm
Dec 19, 2002 4:18 PM
For AT&T using my own cable modem. Directv runs about $53 monthly with 7 premium channels and OLN and Speed Channel.