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"My Charter cable high speed internet price will increase $14, why?"
Subject: Charter Verizon AT&T Internet Specials
Q: Hi, I currently have Charter high-speed internet access and they are raising
the monthly fee by $14. I’m checking out other ISPs, I have Verizon land and cell
phones; checked the website for info but everything leads to AT&T and says I must
have their local service. What’s going on? Are the 2 companies connected? Then the
info says something about "free long-distance dial-up" what is that? Thanks.
— Signed: Cathy
A:Hi Cathy, thank you for visiting InternetServiceDeals.com and for submitting your question. I’m sorry to hear that your Charter Internet service rates are rising. Often the rise is due to the end of a promotional period, such as our existing Charter $19.99/mo for the first 6 months. The promotion that we offer on InternetServiceDeals.com would have saved you $78 over the first 6 months, and you would have also be eligible to received 2 free plane tickets. For most, that’s a nice enough incentive to sign up for Charter high speed internet service.
Internet and cable TV services are going through some major changes, here at the end of 2006 and into 2007. It will be interesting to watch what will happen next, as traditional telephone services such as AT&T and Verizon go head to head with the cable networks like Comcast and Time Warner. Many U.S. states already have "fiber-optic to the premises" networks rolling out, Verizon FiOS is the one creating the most headlines. Hopefully by end of 2007 the U.S. will get some real telecom competition instead of regulated barriers which allowed years of corporate waste. According to some statistics, U.S. is 16th in the world for broadband usage, with Korea, Japan and other Asian countries already deploying 100 Mbps broadband networks for about $40 per month. I sincerely hope that lawmakers get it right this time with all the mergers and acquisitions going on.
The Verizon high speed internet special offers currently available on InternetServiceDeals.com are as follows:
- Review and Verizon Check Availability web page using our database of Verizon authorized retailers for Verizon and all high speed internet service providers.
- Verizon FiOS check availability page which lands directly on the Verizon FiOS official web site.
- Verizon DSL high speed internet special offer (non FiOS) available through the Verizon DSL official web site.
You mentioned AT&T high speed internet, here is a link to the AT&T DSL internet official web site. Note however that the AT&T link does resolve to a SBC domain name though AT&T is the branding. This is a result of the recent merger. It will take some time for AT&T and SBC high speed internet services to coordinate their efforts. Apparently AT&T and SBC chose the SBC domain name to receive online orders for now.
If you believe a high speed internet service is available to you that is not listed in our database, please call our sales support number at 800.478.3819 for assistance. Live Chat is also available during normal business hours, accessible to those who use our Check Availability tool. Soon after you begin the process, a Live Chat box should appear.
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