interested in alternative plans for internet, cable, and land line connectivity given by AT&T

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

            My uVerse 200 plan with AT&T will be increasing with respect to cost at the conclusion of this month.  With that said, I am interested in knowing about other ISP's which also offer internet, cable, and land line connectivity services.   The plan of interest would need to be something equivalent to the services offered within my current uVerse 200 AT&T package.

            Any shared suggestions along with services offered and plan rates will be greatly appreciated.  If more information is needed in explaining our current setup, please feel free to let me know and it will be furnished upon request.

             Thank you

             George
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Depends entirely on where you are.  In many areas there is NO COMPETITION (for the same level of service).  If AT&T is your cable provider then you PROBABLY don't have another unless Verizon has begun rolling out FiOS for you.  In which case, FiOS is your other option.  There are a few RARE places that have multiple cable providers and if you're lucky to be in one of those areas, you may have choices.  Most people are not.  The US Government approves of this monopoly.

For an entertaining spin on this and net neutrality in general, see John Oliver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU
In our area we have DSL from Frontier with 7Mb/.5Mb speed and Cable Internet from Wave Broadband with up to 110Mb/10Mb speeds. Both offer telephone and wave offers TV feeds. Frontier is slow but reliable and Wave is fast and relatively unreliable (any power outage and Wave is down while Frontier is up). I have both ISP's and a multiwan router so when Wave is up I run on the fast ISP and when Wave is down I failover to the slower speed. This gives me spend AND reliability.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Cable is usually the only alternative to the phone company.  Cable internet is usually $45 a month and up.  It is usually faster unless your phone company is also providing cable access.
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Hi George,
What is your zip code or area code?

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zip code    37130

area code    615
$89.95 for all three services. Give them a call.
Time Warner: 855-463-1118
http://cabletelevisionbundles.s9.com/time-warner-cable-providers-nashville-tn.html

Yelp gives you the top 10 in your area for both internet and cable TV. Your current uVerse is rated below Charter and others in both categories. Give them a call as well.

http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=isps&find_loc=Nashville%2C+TN

http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=televisionserviceproviders&find_loc=Nashville%2C+TN
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Commented:
Just keep in mind, generally speaking, I've heard ComCast Cable is the worst... By experience, Time Warner cable is the worst.  Few Cable/Internet providers aren't utterly horrible.  Verizon is OK, Cablevision in NY is generally good (but they just sold themselves to a French company that has a reputation as being the worst...

Get the idea... there's no really good solution... And who may be evil today may be slightly less tomorrow and more so the next day.
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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It's not like AT&T is better than the cable companies.  Cable internet is generally faster than AT&T unless you are one of the lucky ones to have fiber-to-the-curb from them.
We have cable modem internet (up to 15 mbps for downloads) and cable TV and the cost for both is $131. High.
That does not include home phone. Cell phone is another $47 so $178 for all three. Too high.

But our ISP is the only one we can get unless we go wireless. They have a monopoly here and we are stuck with them.

If we could get Time Warner which serves some areas in our county which are less than 15 miles from us, we would go with Time Warner and see if we like it.

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everybody,

             Thank you for your shared suggestions along with the resourceful contact information.  This post was prompted by some recent information indicating that my discounted rate for AT&T uVerse 200 package will soon expire and return to its regular rate which is pricey.  Upon getting this information, I was naturally concerned because of being on a month by month budget.  

            With respect to a solution, I will follow up with AT&T later on this month and check on any special promo offers that might be available to help buffer this increase in cost of services.  I will also check in with other companies referenced within this post.   I realize that access to cable, internet, and land line phone services will depend upon my location which is in the city area of Murfreesboro, TN.  As such, my options might not extend beyond AT&T and Comcast.

             Thanks again everyone for your suggestions.

             George
George,
At least you have choices beside just one.
You are only about 15 miles from the Nashville city limits. That should give you Time Warner as a possible option.

Our only choice does offer discounts.
You might approach AT&T and say you are considering switching because their rates are going up when you have been a loyal customer for x number of months or years.

Good luck.

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Hi NIck

         Thank you for giving me the heads up and your suggestions.  Take care and have a great night : - )

         George

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