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Yes I noticed they charge $10 a month for HD, do they also charge for the DVR every month like TW does? It's a game, they try to get as much of our money as they can while we try to get their service as cheaply as possible!

The reason why I said I'm happy with Time Warner for the most part is the install is less than stellar. They did it late in the day and just wanted to get home for the night I guess. They installed a phone junction box outside that does nothing. They have 3 short cables that go under the house but are not long enough to go anywhere. They installed an inside phone jack where they modem is and it feeds the other jacks in the house. My phone wires in the house are a bit buggy and need to be redone so I'll fix it all myself when I feel like crawling around under the house. Anyone know where I can get a telephone punch down tool? Might as well use the TW dummy phone box they installed. It's a small house so we have been getting by with just a cordless phone hooked to the back of the modem. Sometimes I wonder why I have a land line at all.
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Here we are 3 years later

Well here we are 3 years later and I'm planning on ditching TWC for AT&T U-Verse. It will mean going down in speed to what I had before TWC did the speed increase, which was okay. It will be about $10 a month cheaper for 2 years with more channels. How well does U-Verse work over copper? I'm about .6 miles away from the box so I don't know if I'm on the edge for U-Verse TV.

I notice AT&T is pushing people toward Directv and I don't want to go that route. Satellite TV was a novelty in the '90's but seems way out of date to me now. I didn't like the pixelation from video compression and the rain fade.

Anyone out there with an opinion before I take the plunge?
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Well here we are 3 years later and I'm planning on ditching TWC for AT&T U-Verse. It will mean going down in speed to what I had before TWC did the speed increase, which was okay. It will be about $10 a month cheaper for 2 years with more channels. How well does U-Verse work over copper? I'm about .6 miles away from the box so I don't know if I'm on the edge for U-Verse TV.

I notice AT&T is pushing people toward Directv and I don't want to go that route. Satellite TV was a novelty in the '90's but seems way out of date to me now. I didn't like the pixelation from video compression and the rain fade.

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I'd say your impression of satellite is about as dated as your post here..
I have Directv, and since they switched to MPEG4 seldom see and compression artifacts and I have a trained eye watching on a 65" plasma. And I seldom see rain fade. It's still the best choice in my opinion.
U-verse for telco/internet is fine, and the 15 mb/s down is fine for me..I'm too far away from the V-rad for video..It's their service and support that needs work based on my experience with two outages in the last year. The left hand CSr's are unaware of what the right hand of repairs/upgrading is doing there. Every time I call they want to replace the modem.

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AT&T Fiber

As I said in another thread, AT&T is installing fiber in my neighborhood off Carmel Rd. I'm guessing they will be rolling out Directv streaming later this year according to info I have seen. I also have seen info saying no further Uverse development in the works. Not to pile on, but I agree Directv is the best right now. I switched from TWC about 3 years ago. Also I have 50/5 internet from TWC for $39/mo total price. Not bad.
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As I said in another thread, AT&T is installing fiber in my neighborhood off Carmel Rd. I'm guessing they will be rolling out Directv streaming later this year according to info I have seen. I also have seen info saying no further Uverse development in the works. Not to pile on, but I agree Directv is the best right now. I switched from TWC about 3 years ago. Also I have 50/5 internet from TWC for $39/mo total price. Not bad.
Decided to wait for Gigapower or Google Fiber. Plan to switch cancelled. Might be a long wait!

Some things I didn't like about AT&T, hard to reach sometimes. If I really need to, it's nice to go to the TWC store and talk to someone in person. Cable is all they do, no cell phones and no DirecTV. The AT&T store I visited only had cell phones and a small DirecTV display. I will say the AT&T people were always professional and always nice.

I looked up my account at MyATT.com and found conflicting information from what I had agreed upon. Customer service person told me to ignore it and the deal I made was the real deal. I just didn't want to chance it. She said I don't know why they are still doing that. If you're going to lock me into a 1 year agreement better fix it.

Saw that I was only saving about $10 a month. Not enough to risk possible headaches with 18mbps service down from 50-60mbps.

What I don't understand is AT&T already has FTTN so they only need to install fiber to that last mile in many cases. They could beat Google Fiber by months or years. What's the hold up? I know it costs money but they must have deeper pockets than Google.
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Gigapower internet installed

AT&T installed Gigapower internet at my house off Carmel Rd Friday. So far, it's all good with around 940 down and up.
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Who uses Holmes Underground Construction? They are digging and laying orange conduit on the next street from me. Could fiber be coming sooner than I thought? If so, is it AT&T or Google?

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Who uses Holmes Underground Construction? They are digging and laying orange conduit on the next street from me. Could fiber be coming sooner than I thought? If so, is it AT&T or Google?
That would be AT&T, and I assume you are right off Sharon Rd.?

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That would be AT&T, and I assume you are right off Sharon Rd.?
Are any of the many ongoing fiber installations around Charlotte for Google? Seems to me it's all AT&T.
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That would be AT&T, and I assume you are right off Sharon Rd.?
Actually off Idlewild Rd across from Idlewild Elementary.

I had a feeling it would be AT&T. It makes the most sense since they already have some of the infrastructure in place around town. There is a fiber to the curb box in front of the Ashley Apartments. I'm about .6 miles away from it (a pots line box is also there).

Hamstang reported construction 3 months before he got his installed so that's not too long of a wait. Looks like Google Fiber woke up the sleeping giant (AT&T).
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Are any of the many ongoing fiber installations around Charlotte for Google? Seems to me it's all AT&T.
Google is doing a revaluation on their construction practices (micro-trenching) and also removing the Prime=Bechtel/S&N and will have a different Engineering group and construction primes.

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hope they don't hit the gas line !

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I did some poking around the Google Fiber site and it took me to their Facebook page which invited people to submit a private message if there was any question. I told them about the construction on the next street (I didn't mention who was doing it) and they claimed it was them and that my area is in the pre-construction phase. Nice go get an answer but I don't believe it. I'm inclined to believe you guys that it's AT&T. Either one would be welcome and to have both would be a real hoot!
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I did some poking around the Google Fiber site and it took me to their Facebook page which invited people to submit a private message if there was any question. I told them about the construction on the next street (I didn't mention who was doing it) and they claimed it was them and that my area is in the pre-construction phase. Nice go get an answer but I don't believe it. I'm inclined to believe you guys that it's AT&T. Either one would be welcome and to have both would be a real hoot!
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I have my install going right now, the tech has been trying to make a fiber connector for an hour and it's driving me crazy not to help the guy.
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I have my install going right now, the tech has been trying to make a fiber connector for an hour and it's driving me crazy not to help the guy.
In talking about AT&T Fiber with other folks I am finding that some have trouble and go running back to TWC while others say the TV picture quality is outstanding, much better than TWC (not sure how that can be but okay). I will take a chance I guess provided the price is right. I may or may not get phone since we all have cell phones anyway. I'm just a geezer who has always had a home phone, old habits die hard. I could go to one of those cheap iP phone companies, that's an option.
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I'm just a geezer who has always had a home phone, old habits die hard. I could go to one of those cheap iP phone companies, that's an option.
Same here..however..I never give out my cell phone to anyone other than friends or family. Even then it's limited. To me keeping the home phone for all the telemarketing spam and scams is worth the money. You can then use an old pc with
PhoneTrayPro software to intercept the crap calls. Do you want all that poo coming to your cell phone? Of the few calls
that do get by PhoneTray, I just lead them down the primrose path with bogus information.

Btw, AT&T is one of those who sells your data. So does the Observer and Costco. It's very hard to opt out of these lists,
as they get distributed before you know it's being done.

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Same here..however..I never give out my cell phone to anyone other than friends or family. Even then it's limited. To me keeping the home phone for all the telemarketing spam and scams is worth the money. You can then use an old pc with
PhoneTrayPro software to intercept the crap calls. Do you want all that poo coming to your cell phone? Of the few calls
that do get by PhoneTray, I just lead them down the primrose path with bogus information.

Btw, AT&T is one of those who sells your data. So does the Observer and Costco. It's very hard to opt out of these lists,
as they get distributed before you know it's being done.
Google as well, I wouldn't be surprised others are doing it as well with out disclosure.

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You know they do! I know that Time Warner does it on their email. The email master account I have gets tons of spam messages. The thing is I have never used the master account address, nor have I ever given it to anyone!
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I have my install going right now, the tech has been trying to make a fiber connector for an hour and it's driving me crazy not to help the guy.
So how did your install go?
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It looks like some utility is starting to dig on my street AT&T or Google maybe? Last MLK day they were working on the next street from me. That lasted for one day and suddenly stopped....very strange!
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It looks like some utility is starting to dig on my street AT&T or Google maybe? Last MLK day they were working on the next street from me. That lasted for one day and suddenly stopped....very strange!
DEAD here, no fiber activity as far as I can tell, none!
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DEAD here, no fiber activity as far as I can tell, none!
Start up will be this Fall with a new Prime Contractor.

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Start up will be this Fall with a new Prime Contractor.
Maybe we'll see something in time to combat my usual rate $$ tug of war with cable in January???
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Still no activity. I'm beginning to doubt fiber will see the light here (get it light?).
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Still no activity. I'm beginning to doubt fiber will see the light here (get it light?).
Man the fiber contractors really outdid themselves by digging into a major water line at Johnston RD and Highway 51. The intersection was closed for nearly 3 days to repair the water main break. I live near the area and endured gridlock on the roads for awhile. Now they can return to the hourly gas line cuts.
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Man the fiber contractors really outdid themselves by digging into a major water line at Johnston RD and Highway 51. The intersection was closed for nearly 3 days to repair the water main break. I live near the area and endured gridlock on the roads for awhile. Now they can return to the hourly gas line cuts.
It puzzles me, I see them working in small areas and they don't seem to be connected to anything. At least I guess that's what the orange reels are for. I'm not sure where they all connect. Oh and still no activity in my neighborhood. I'll probably cut back to just internet when we go through the annual rate dance with Spectrum in January.
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It puzzles me, I see them working in small areas and they don't seem to be connected to anything. At least I guess that's what the orange reels are for. I'm not sure where they all connect. Oh and still no activity in my neighborhood. I'll probably cut back to just internet when we go through the annual rate dance with Spectrum in January.

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I thought AT&T was going to phase out the Uverse since they took over DirecTV.
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I thought AT&T was going to phase out the Uverse since they took over DirecTV.
The FTTH is branded as LightGig with AT&T, they are still using DirecTV for video but the internet is Fiber, the most they can do on EoC is 34-40Mbps if you are less than 3K' from a DSLAM or a Remote.

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