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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Brambleton, VA (Suburban Washington, DC)
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Writing letters won't do a bit of good, trust me.
Right now the situation is unchanged from what you're reading above. Gatehouse is still the provider but will be gone by the end of the year, replaced with Verizon. HDTV channel selection has not been announced yet, but we have been informally told that we'll have all the local HDTV channels, all of the major national and premium channels (e.g., HBO, ShowTime, etc.), high def DVRs, etc., etc.
Along with the arrival of Verizon, our internet speeds will be boosted to 5 Mbps. I'm cautiously optimistic about the impending arrival of Verizon, but after over two years of broken promises I've learned to temper my enthusiasm and will believe all the hype when I see it coming out of my living room wall.
(p.s. Not that it matters since Gatehouse will be history by the time you arrive, but since you asked:
The current HDTV offerings are only four of the local HDTV channels--the local ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX afilliates. No national HD channels, no premium HD channels, no HD DVRs, not even any HD settop boxes (you have to have an HD-cable-ready TV to see the four HDTV channels).
Gatehouse sucks ass, as you can tell... a lot of my neighbors gave up a long time ago and you can see lots of satellite dishes on roofs across the community--scandalous, considering every home, townhome and condo is wired fiber-to-the-house. We should have the best video and internet services in the country, but until Verizon arrives we are stuck with one of the worst.)