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Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Dave!This morning I had still more problems with my DSL. It seems every time I turn around my internet is either busted or unbelievably slow. And, of course, Verizon doesn't give a shit. Oh they put on a good show of wanting to provide good service, but it's all a time-wasting sham. I tried calling this morning and got disconnected. I called again and somehow ended up in the mobile wireless department. After 30 minutes of trying to talk to anybody, I had to give up so I could go to work.

I get home tonight and, SURPRISE, internet is still down. So once again I have to call and, basically, waste an hour of my life with my service provider to get things straightened out... kind of... while paying them for the privilege!

It's things like this that drive me insane when the whole "Net Neutrality" debate rears its ugly head...

DAVETOON: Net Neutrality!!

Not content to merely overcharge their customers for shitty service, ISPs also want to screw them over by controlling what and how they get to experience the internet...

Net Neutrality opponents consider the very idea an affront to free enterprise. I consider it an essential to maintaining my presence on the internet. Because I complain about most everything here on Blogography, and am sure to have pissed off enough corporations that have the money and/or influence to get my blog dumped in the slow lane or banned altogether.

So no more complaining about important net-influential companies, such as major Internet Service Providers like Verizon.

Oops.

Comments

  1. delmer says:

    Are you sure it’s your Internet and not your computer? The reason I ask is I was watching the Morning Video Block on VH1 this morning and a commercial came on where people were complaining about their computers and ISP. They all called FatallyFast.com and were surprisingly happy with the results. I know what you’re thinking, “I use a Mac.” Well, when I did some research on the company someone with a sharper eye than mine pointed out that some of the computers used in the commercial are Macs of some sort and that the screen displays are simulated; I can only assume if you can simulate a Windows display on your Mac that the service will work for you.

    If I had more time I’d go on a little more about them. As it is I’m busy stuffing postage-paid envelopes with gold family heirlooms to be sent off to CashD’OrGold.com and I’m waiting on a call from that “what you talkin’ about Willis” guy; he’s going to help me refinance my home.

    (I hope your problem gets resolved soon.)

  2. kapgar says:

    Besides, if Net Neutrality doesn’t happen, how will you ever get your hourly porn fix?

  3. Jessica says:

    I’ve learned when talking to machines to just press zero until a person arrives.
    or like when they ask you to speak just mumble and a person arrives.

  4. So, while we’re at it, let’s just not mention how lame BellSouth’s service is, how they don’t give a shit that you pay for DSL and yet get dial-up speeds because they refuse to build a new hub closer to your neighborhood so that everyone can get faster service. Nope. It’s just better to deal with pissy customers and nasty phone calls and everyone jumping ship for a shittier Comcast.

    Whoops. Did I just say all of that?

    Never mind.

  5. Jeff says:

    I have Verizon as well and it SUCKS ASS!!!!!

    If you have a problem, they follow their script, no matter what you say. The last major problem I had was that the modem they sent me died and I just wanted a replacement. I told them the modem would no longer turn on; they wanted to check my computer for problems. The tech couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get internet. It might have something to do with English not being one of the languages he spoke. I finally had to find a modem on my own. I wasted several hours fighting with them on this one.

    Good luck, you are going to need it!

  6. Sarah says:

    Wait. I think I actually learned something here. Hmm, it’s been awhile since that happened.

  7. It’s the Cable providers arguing for “pay for usage” that makes no sense to me. Let’s see, you want to charge me for my net bandwidth usage but not my TV usage? Really? How are you justifying the difference between the two again?

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