Thanks, Crossbeaux. I have phone, too, and yeah, the lack of a back-up battery is another issue I didn't mention. Without it, no electricity, no phone for old-school folks like me who still want a land-line. Apparently buying a battery from Comcast is $35 and they're hard to find.
Elsewhere around the country people have reported trouble in getting the Comcast techs to turn off the wireless, maybe we're OK here in Portland.
Btw, last time one of my younger friends was lecturing me to lose the land-line it sounded, as always, something like this: (her) What is ng th you, you ol fog . You don d a lan n. (me) What? You're breaking up.
That is, when she wasn't trying to talk at the same time as me. Maybe that's why texting is the preferred means of communicating now..