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Cable Internet vs. Cable Television

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Last month, I mentioned my cable company, Comcast, was offering a free upgrade to 6 Mbps service. For those not familiar with downloading speeds, that’s pretty fast. I had to buy a modern, standards-compliant modem in order to take advantage of those speeds, however. Considering all the work I do at home, it has helped save some time and it has allowed me to multitask more.

Last night, I checked my speed and I was consistently getting more than 10 Mbps from the closest server! Sweet.

Like Jane Dough, I’ve minimized cable television and maximized cable internet. There are only a few good shows these days, and they’re available on basic cable or the networks. There’s enough entertainment online to keep me occupied when I need a distraction.

Updated June 17, 2014 and originally published March 27, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Inchoate Random Abstractions

A new layout. When did this happen? Nice!

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avatar Luke Landes

Last night I switched from Movable Type to WordPress. I’m still not a fan of WordPress’s template system, though.

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avatar Nick

Yeah, WP’s template system leaves something to be desired. Still, they win in just about every other category over MT (at least from what I’ve seen).

How much are you giving Comcast for cable TV each month? They don’t have anything under $40 a month over here (Montgomery County, MD), and I don’t want the truckload of channels even the basic plan gives.

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avatar Luke Landes

You may have to call and ask for the lower cost option specifically. They’re required by law to offer it but not to advertise it. I pay $16/month for 30 channels and that includes the major networks, CNN, TBS, PBS, and a bunch of Spanish channels, basically.

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