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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Floodgates Are Opened

Today Kathy & I made the plunge and switched our internet and phone provider to Bright House.  At the same time we became a subscriber to HD cable.  Before, we used indoor antennas.  The speed of our reception on the internet is now remarkably faster (actually, it is about 10 times faster).  The package for phone, internet, and cable costs $100/month.  This will not be all new cost as we were paying to a different company for phone & internet.  This sudden move to Bright House occurred when our past internet provider said it would take 11 days to provide us needed service.  I must admit a degree of anger at this delay helped move the decision—it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.  We have justified the $100/month expense because of the increasing need for the internet (my understanding is that even the tax form will not be mailed this year but by default we will file taxes online) and because of the cornucopia of free resources the internet provides.  The phone will provide unlimited long distance without extra charge.  And, cable television has a ready justification—TV provides most of our news and entertainment.  The high definition provides a remarkably crisp picture and enhanced sound.  I’m sure it will take us awhile to absorb the great diversity of programming now available. It will be awesome not to be left out of some special event programming that we previously could not receive.  Gone are the days (which I can remember from the 60’s) when a $5.00 monthly local phone bill represented all your “online” costs.  Come to think of it, however, comparatively speaking you got a lot less for your money then.

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