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The Telecom Digest for March 5, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 61 : "text" Format
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Centurylink continues to struggle with its image (Bill Horne)
Data caps coming to the wired world (Bill Horne)

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Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 09:53:49 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Centurylink continues to struggle with its image Message-ID: <jivvm0$omb$1@dont-email.me> A site called "Customer Service Scoreboard" continues to rate CenturyLink near the bottom of it's scale. Anonymous contributors submit brickbats such as this one: It all started when they called me relentlessly trying to get me to change my grandfathered-in service plan(great plan) after they took over another company. I refused(billiant) until one day the rep told me I would have faster internet for less cost (not true) and I took the bait(stupid mistake). The site gives CenturyLink an "Overall" rating of 30.85 on a scale of 200, or slightly less than 15.5%. Of course, self-selected samples aren't an accurate portrayal of the company's performance - but neither are TV ads and PR bulletins, both of which seem to be much easier to find than any neutral evalutions. http://www.customerservicescoreboard.com/CenturyLink -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 10:34:52 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Data caps coming to the wired world Message-ID: <jj022v$7c7$1@dont-email.me> The subject of "Data caps" has been on the front page of the wireless press of late, but "wired" users such as I haven't been much concerned. I came across a copy of a Philadelphia Inquirer column by Jeff Gelles at Businessweek.com. It seems that the Internet playing field is once more being tilted toward pay-by-the-byte billing: after mentioning cellular data caps, Mr. Gelles segued into more scary territory: It's clear enough what AT&T and Verizon are doing, even if they don't want to say so: Both have decided to cash in on customers who use the most data and are pushing them to switch to tiered plans. Something very different is happening in the wired-broadband world, though likely with similar motives. According to Telogical Systems, five of the nation's seven largest broadband providers now impose monthly data caps. Four of them -- Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, and Cox -- say they will suspend customers who violate the caps. The fifth, AT&T, charges $10 for each extra 50 gigabytes. http://goo.gl/VHuyT -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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