Comcast CEO Thinks Its Customer Service Problem Is Mostly A Matter Of Scale

from the lack-of-competition-makes-bad-companies-even-worse dept

Comcast, which frequently makes yearly Worst Company in America lists, is trying to address its public image -- that being one of a corporate monstrosity borne from a lack of competition that extracts as much money from its customers as possible while offering the minimum it can, service-wise, in return.

In a recent interview, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts asserts the problem isn't so much that Comcast is an awful company, but that the size of its customer base makes even a small percentage of complaints seem like a never ending cascade of screwed customers.

"What unfortunately happens is we have about … 350 million interactions with consumers a year, between phone calls and truck calls. It may be over 400 million and that doesn't count any online interactions which I think is over a billion. You get one-tenth of one-percent bad experience, that's a lot of people – unacceptable. We have to be the best service provider or in the end, this company won't be what I want it to be."
Roberts is right. Even small pockets of discontent in a large customer base both exaggerate the size of the problem and are, as he puts it, "unacceptable." But this isn't simply a problem with scale. (A problem that will only exponentially increase if Comcast decides to purchase Time Warner Cable.) Comcast has made several moves over the years that have been fairly antagonistic towards its customer base.

And while the CEO is doing a bit of a goodwill tour, his company continues to makes moves that make Comcast seem even more evil.

First off, Comcast is looking to alter Nielson ratings in order to charge a premium for ads inserted into repeated episodes of TV shows -- a move aimed at capturing the "binge" viewer market.
"Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable provider, wants to count viewers who devour multiple episodes of shows, while giving the most current episode a ratings lift. The Philadelphia-based company is working with Nielsen to roll out on-demand commercial ratings, or C3, for participating networks."

Basically, Comcast wants to flip the current advertising system upsides-down and have older episodes of primetime shows carrying the same commercial load as the most recent episode. Right now, Nielsen gives ratings credit only if the commercial ad load remains identical to the original episode.
All well and good, except that the same article quotes Matt Strauss, the senior vice president of video services, as saying Comcast customers can kiss their DVR fast-forward button goodbye.
While digital video recorders and services such as Dish’s AutoHopper infuriate programmers because they allow for fast forwarding of ads, Comcast’s video on-demand services disable fast forwarding.

“The money being lost by people fast-forwarding commercials is in the billions,” said Strauss.
We can argue the semantics of using the word "lost" to describe something advertisers failed to capture all day long, but the bottom line is this: most customers hate commercials and they don't like them any better when they're made unskippable by cable companies. People pay a premium for DVR services. Telling them they can't do the one thing they'd most like to do is only going to increase the percentage of complaints.

DSLreports also points out that Comcast is still continuing its stealthy push towards capped broadband.
Comcast has slowly but surely been expanding their usage cap trials, predominately in less competitive Southern markets. Portions of Maine and Augusta, Georgia appear to be the latest market to face caps and overages. Augusta locals tell the local media they were surprised to suddenly see they had a 300 GB cap and had to pay $10 for every 50 GB they travel.
As usual, this is accompanied by spokespeople "informing" reporters that "most people" don't use that much data and that sneaking in usage caps is the "fairest" way to make sure data hogs don't use up all the internet (paraphrased). Of course, these caps have nothing to do with managing bandwidth. It's just a way to make users pay more for their services. Comcast may find that many people don't hit 300GB/month in usage now, but that's likely to change in the future as streaming services like Netflix increase in popularity, as well as console manufacturers making active pushes for digital delivery.

In the short run, this activity hurts Comcast's reputation while increasing its income only slightly. But if the foot's in the door, it can rake in huge amounts of cash once these users switch towards data-heavy streaming services. It's a long game, but one Comcast feels is well worth playing. Customers? Not so much. There's a dearth of competition in the broadband market, and providers will very likely adopt usage caps even in competitive markets if any provider has already proven they can be instituted with minimal effect to its customer base.

Comcast's CEO may be stinging a little from his company's poor reputation, but expressing a little concern in an interview doesn't do much towards mitigating the damage done by years of customer-unfriendly tactics. And, if these recent stories are any indication, there will be much more damage done in the future.


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    silverscarcat (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 5:52am

    As much as...

    I dislike G+ being forced on everyone...

    I really hope that Google Fiber starts rolling out everywhere soon, put these jackwagons out of business.

     

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      Ninja (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 5:58am

      Re: As much as...

      They are already throwing tantrums over the service alright ;)

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:38am

      Re: As much as...

      Where I live (and in many other municipalities)the rules would need to change. Cable service is a contractually guaranteed monopoly. And the last time any noise was made to change that, several local officials went on record stating how we are better of not being able to choose. No Google fiber for us...sigh.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 7:25am

      Re: As much as...

      The only way Google can make money is to be able to reach people. They may not want to be in the fiber business but may find themselves forced to do it to be able to get at their customer base 24/7

       

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      Vickie, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:41pm

      Re: As much as...

      Are people even aware the Feds are posing as fronts for businesses such as xfinity is NOT Comcast. These are Feds teamed up with AT&T to destroy comcast with poor customer service and then people will go to uverse. It's all a big scam.

       

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    Ninja (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 5:53am

    Percentages are dangerous. Jewish people were a small percentage if compared to the rest of Germany. Albanians must be a very small percentage too.

    At least he recognizes that it's unacceptable regardless of how tiny of a percentage the complaints are. Now easier said than done eh?

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 5:59am

    Weirdly targeted. Was Microsoft even considered?

    The perennial WORST corporation in the world that affects the most people (at least a billion), actually charges for its bugs, directly causes extra expenses and staggering wastes of time from loss of service due to viruses besides stupid design, and doesn't get the title?

    Then only possible conclusion is that Microsoft wasn't under consideration: Comcast is minor in comparison.

    Civilization isn't just to have a few highly "efficient" corporations concentrating wealth: it's to provide FAIRNESS FOR ALL.

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      silverscarcat (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:19am

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      The worst company/corporation in America is EA, followed by Ticketmaster and Comcast.

      Microsoft isn't even in the top 10.

       

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        Namel3ss (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:20am

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        Don't forget Bank of America. They're beyond horrible.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:29am

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        You mean followed by Bank of America, THEN Comcast, THEN Ticketmaster.

        http://consumerist.com/2013/04/08/worst-company-in-america-consolation-round-comcast-vs -ticketmaster/

        I think though that that is the benchmark for truly bad customer service. It really says something (I mean it actually takes EFFORT) to be rated worse than TicketMaster in customer service. And Comcast has done this consistently for the last several years.

         

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          Namel3ss (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:00am

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          Touche, AC. Maybe one day I'll share my BofA horror story of how I had to take them to court to prevent them wrongfully foreclosing on our house, but it's probably nothing you haven't already read before elsewhere.

          I would not willingly do business with BofA ever again, under any circumstances, even if they were the last bank on earth. My mattress is far superior to those ass clowns.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:29am

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            Oh for sure, BofA has definitely earned their position as well. I personally know of similar situations and I too refuse to do business with "Nazi Bank" as we refer to them as well.

             

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      out_of_the_blue, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 7:22am

      Re: Weirdly targeted. Was Microsoft even considered?

      Blue I am still interested in how you're little tag line suppresses anyone from fraud of your screen name.

      You are the only person who knows what it means? Anybody can impersonate you!




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      Ninja (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 7:29am

      Re: Weirdly targeted. Was Microsoft even considered?

      You can opt out Microsoft at any moment. Depending on where you live you can't opt out Comcast unless you want to be an hermit.

       

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    Rocco Maglio (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:15am

    Obama parties with this Brian Roberts

    It seems that when Obama takes his yearly vacation to Martha's Vineyard he stops by Brian Roberts house. They go golfing together. I don't foresee Comcast having any issues from this administration. It is becoming less about your product and more about who you know. I will not be surprised if they buy Time Warner and that is approved by this administration.

    http://pagesix.com/2013/08/16/power-packed-vineyard-party-for-obama/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:21am

    " ... trying to address its public image"

    Yes, this is certainly the best use of funds - you know, as opposed to actually improving your service.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:51am

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      Management largely tell people to do things, without knowing the details of of how to do them. Therefore it makes sense to management that telling people that they have an awesome company will make the company awesome.

       

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    Tim K (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:38am

    Yep, I just got a call for the first time last month, saying I had 30gb of the 300gb limit left last month. I got no notification before that that there even was a cap on the data, and when I clicked on the link in the email from them to view my usage, it doesn't even take you to the right page! I couldn't even find it on their shitty site, and had to go with my ddwrt estimates of usage

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 7:05am

    They aren't called Comcrap for nothing...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 7:11am

    Wow, they're putting caps on how much data you can use now even though it's the same price for them?

    I fear for the day when Verizon gets the same idiotic idea with FIOS.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:41am

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      Verizon is way ahead of that with a different approach. A good while ago they abandoned expansion of FIOS and at some point (when it needs massive repairs) they will abandon the existing services too, just like they are doing with their copper POTS lines so that they can offer you wireless services where data caps are already the norm.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 8:07am

    Maybe this is being pushed to turn cable services into a utility with usage meters on the side of your house .

     

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    doubledeej (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 8:40am

    They are horrible

    I have to use Comcast as my ISP because they're the only ones in my area that offer speeds over 1.5 Mbps. And it has been horrible.

    Every day my connection drops at least a couple times. And it isn't my router. Comcast's own gateway device shows that the connection is lost, often for multiple minutes at a time. Comcast's techs reassure me that everything is fine and that there is nothing they can do.

    Even when the connection is up, speeds are pretty inconsistent.

    It isn't like I live in the middle of nowhere, either. Suburban area, population of 300,000... with our neighboring sister city even having fiber available to most of its residents, and my city having fiber available to about half.

    Comcast needs to go to bat for their customers. We need to feel like Comcast is there to help and represent us, not be adversarial. Right now everything they do feels very anti-consumer. That's what needs to be fixed. A small percentage of their customers may be unhappy enough to be vocal, but I can't imagine that the rest are actually happy with the service they are receiving. It may very well be that none of their customers like them.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 8:44am

    Comcast is one of the top

    Comcast is in my top 5 "worst companies that I can't avoid doing business with". But I'm not sure they understand what makes them so awful. It's not the customer service -- there are lots of far worse companies on that front. It's their business practices.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:32am

      Re: Comcast is one of the top

      A large portion of those business practices have a direct affect on their customer service though and that is what has gotten them the reputation that they have.

       

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    TasMot (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:01am

    They seem to think its positive, but EVERYONE I know who has Comcast has many many many Comcastic moments when it doesn't work. I telecommute full time and having cable Internet access is critical. I have a UPS on all my computers and networking components, I have a backup generator in case the power goes out, but I can't replace the Internet access when a Comcastic moment occurs. Well, there is at least another option in my neighborhood, I could subscribe to FIOS also and double my monthly cost (at least double). Everybody I know that is stuck with Comcast knows what I mean when I say that I'm having a Comcastic moment and that it ain't a good thing.....

     

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    TasMot (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:20am

    Not Bad Service....

    When I moved into my new house, it only took 13 truck visits to get cable TV and Internet working. There's no problem there.

    Or, when a truck shows up at my neighbors house, then I have to call them out again because my service stops working.

    Nope, no problem there.....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:21am

    Comcast's networking support is beyond awful

    I've worked in support organizations, run support organizations, and used support organizations for decades...and Comcast's is one of the absolute worst imaginable. It's apparently designed to make it as difficult as possible to actually reach someone who will LISTEN to the problem description, THINK about the possible causes, and then REASON about diagnostic and repair procedures.

    Even when it's possible to get to higher tiers of support, this continues. It's blindingly obvious that Comcast has filled its support centers with completely untrained people and then has directed them to "solve" issues as rapidly as possible, for a value of "solve" meaning "get the customer off the phone".

    I would rather have dialup access than have to deal with Comcast.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:37am

      Re: Comcast's networking support is beyond awful

      And many of the techs you speak to are beyond incompetent. Try to report an issue you detect with one of their DNS resolvers sometime. They will most likely try to walk you through a bunch of windows settings because the tech you speak with doesn't know what DNS is and only knows how to read from a script without any understanding of what the stuff they are reading means. And if you ask to speak to a Level 2 tech, they will likely just transfer you back into the queue so you have to start all over with another clueless Level 1 tech that has no clue what they are doing.

       

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    me@me.net, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:37am

    The problem with the sucky customer service

    is the sucky customer service

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 9:57am

    I'm not sure if Comcast is so bad that it taints all other cable operators, or if they all suck pretty badly and Comcast is just the biggest of them.

     

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      Namel3ss (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:10am

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      Probably both. I mean they all suck independently, because of no competition. No cable company ever saw a monopoly and captive audience they didn't like.

      BUT... it always seems Comcast is the one that comes up with the really asshole-ish screw-the-customer-over-cuz-we-can-and-for-lulz schemes (data caps, throttling, bit torrent reset packet injection, not providing advertised speeds, etc.). And of course, the other operators fall in line right behind them because hey, why should Comcast have all the fun?

      If Comcast really does buy Time Warner I am cancelling my service the day the sale is final. As bad as AT&T is, Comcast is worse.

       

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    weneedhelp (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:09am

    Comcast blows

    My parents recently and briefly had Comcrap. The new routers they give away only allow the use of external DNS servers thus breaking any internal name resolution. So while I can ping techdirt.com I cannot ping momslaptop or momsprinter. They wouldnt help me through normal helpdesk support and wanted to charge me for another tier support to basically tell me that the new routers do not point back to themselves but to an external DNS. They only switched because Comcrap had slick salesmen running door to door offering sweet deals. - BTW their first tier support sounded dumbfounded when presented with why the router was giving an external IP for the DNS and couldnt grasp how that broke the internal network.
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    Comcast sucks because comcast sucks... not because it appears so because they have so many customers.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:34am

      Re: Comcast blows

      That issue is not a difficult fix. You just set up a different subnet though another router (basically a double NAT setup) then configure that one to handle it however you want.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 2:47pm

        Re: Re: Comcast blows

        Bad advice... NAT breaks enough things, that double NAT is just asking for trouble. Better option is to pick up a Modem/Bridge or set their equipment up for as a bridge and use your own router. It sounds like he's using a WINS server, and I would recommend upgrading to an actual DNS/OpenLDAP/AD setup.

         

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          TasMot (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 3:21pm

          Re: Re: Re: Comcast blows

          What I would suggest is that since Comcast charges $5.00 per month for their router (or $60 per year). Buy one of your own like a Buffalo router for $60. It will last 5 to 10 years and can be configured to your hearts desire AND save a lot of money in the long run. The Buffalo router comes with DNSmasq and DHCP, so it will work a Home network just fine with DNSmasq managing both the internal machines and forwarding to the external Internet when necessary.

           

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            Router Bill, May 6th, 2014 @ 4:24pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Comcast blows

            Comcast charges $10.00 per month for a router, so I purchase my own. Everything was fine until I moved. Now, they're billing be $80 for not returning the router. Three months and many phone calls, they're still insisting that I paid for the router that I never had.

             

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              TasMot (profile), May 7th, 2014 @ 5:01am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Comcast blows

              I have one that is even better than that. When I upgraded to HD service, the technician came out and swapped out the boxes. When he left he forgot the old box. I expected that sometime soon he would come back and get it. Finally, about six months later I wanted out of my house, so I personally drove it over to the Comcast office. When I handed it to the girl I started telling her what happened. Then she looked up and told me it was stolen. So I said, "Oh, yeah, I stole the box from my own house and then I came here and told you who I am including my home address to give you back the box I stole from myself". She said it's marked stolen. So very slowly I said "Of course, the technician could never make a mistake and then mark the box stolen to cover his butt and I am so stupid that I stole a box and brought it back to you for no money, just to turn myself in, right?" She just stared at me so I walked out.

               

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          John Fenderson (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 3:23pm

          Re: Re: Re: Comcast blows

          set their equipment up for as a bridge and use your own router


          This is what I do. Why would I want to use their router??

           

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      BeeAitch (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 6:45pm

      Re: Comcast blows

      I'm just going to leave this and this here.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:21am

    After years of being a comcast customer (through no other broadband selections available) We finally had FIOS deployed.

    As soon as I could switch I did. The joy of not being treated like a child every time I have to call for something technical is paramount.

    Traffic shaping, outages, bandwith caps and crappy speed/price ratios (in addition to the clueless support people) really will make me never ever think of comcast again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 10:57am

    It may be over 400 million and that doesn't count any online interactions which I think is over a billion.


    That's the problem, Mr. Roberts, we can't be entirely certain that you think anymore.

    Maybe you should actually research the common causes of these complaints and how they are resolved. Then you can start 'thinking' what is 'right' to you again.

     

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    anonymouse, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 11:18am

    Googs and friends

    This is where the monopoly needs to go to if there is going to be a monopoly. Google needs to demand a complete monopoly for them and those they see as competitive in areas they service, cutting out any competition , then maybe after a few years of building infrastructure that provides their services Comcast and there ilk will be demanding monopoly is the last thing the country needs and even in the areas they have a monopoly Google can take over.

     

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    bshock, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 11:50am

    just out of curiosity...

    I'd like to do a very informal little survey here. Forgive me if it's so obviously skewed.

    But is there anyone reading this who (a) currently uses Comcast for Internet services, and (b) finds Comcast's Internet service adequate?

     

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      John Fenderson (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 12:59pm

      Re: just out of curiosity...

      I use Comcast, and find their actual service "adequate" in that it works well enough for my purposes. However, it's not great. And it is incredibly overpriced. The nanosecond that I have another option, I'll ditch Comcast for it.

      My main beef with Comcast is that they insist on doing things that are harmful to the internet, to freedom, and to the business of providing internet service in general.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2013 @ 1:50pm

        Re: Re: just out of curiosity...

        "My main beef with Comcast is that they insist on doing things that are harmful to the internet, to freedom, and to the business of providing internet service in general."

        John, just wondering if you could clarify. Everything that I've seen them do is more BS than damaging. (Caps, DVR, etc...) I've talked a few times with John Brzozowski, one of the head engineers for Comcast. I've never really known them to be anything but pretty straight forward on the networking side of things.

         

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          John Fenderson (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 3:27pm

          Re: Re: Re: just out of curiosity...

          I'm not talking about their engineering, I'm talking about their political activities (lobbying in support of things that are trying to turn the internet into a lock-down broadcast medium, tiered internet, etc.), their pricing policies and usage caps, their monopolistic behavior in terms of actively working to keep any potential competitors out of the space, and so forth.

          They are a pretty nasty company.

           

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      The Wanderer (profile), Dec 9th, 2013 @ 4:50pm

      Re: just out of curiosity...

      I have Comcast Internet access, and it's mostly pretty good.

      We have had our horror stories in the past, primarily in recurring periods of ridiculous network latency which repeated rounds of techs couldn't figure out (partly because it often wasn't occurring while they were present), but they did eventually track it down and get it fixed - although it took a few months.

      What we actually have is "Comcast Business Class" service. It's somewhat more expensive per month than what we had before (especially given that we have to get our cable TV as a separate package), but it lets us get a static external IP, it exempts us from BitTorrent restrictions AFAIK, and I think it also exempts us from monthly usage caps.

      So their attempt to upsell people to higher price tiers is working in our case - but we get service that's at least mostly satisfactory, at a price we can still live with.

      I still despise many of their larger policies, but I'm willing to believe that they do honestly care in most cases.

       

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    Richard (profile), Dec 5th, 2013 @ 3:03pm

    Lies, damned lies, and... Comcast press releases and FAQs

    "...spokespeople "informing" reporters that "most people" don't use that much data..."

    From: http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/internet/data-usage-average-network-usage

    Top 5 Data Usage FAQs

    What is the average usage of people on your network today?

    XFINITY Internet customers’ median monthly data usage is 17 GB per month.

    (emphasis added)

    Now, class, let's review "measures of centrality" - mean (average), mode, and median. Mode is just the most frequently occurring value. Median is the value above and below which exactly half of the values fall. Mean is the numerical average. A small median can be entirely consistent with a very large mean. For instance, consider the set O = {0, 0, 1, 1000, 1000}. The median is 1 - half the values (the 0's) are below 1, and half (the 1000's) are above it. The mean on the other hand is about 400, quite a bit bigger than 1.

    So, what does it mean when Comcast cites the median in response to questions about the average monthly use? Other than Comcast is lying, there's no way to be sure.

    For related fun and games, check out...

    http://www.reddit.com/r/TalesFromTheCustomer/comments/1rcct8/comcast_service_an_oxymoron/

     

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    Mark, Dec 6th, 2013 @ 11:37am

    Network Fees

    Like it or not, cable TV networks make money in two ways: fees from cable companies, and advertising.

    One reason that our cable bills have increased in recent years is that websites like this one, Facebook, the Times, the Post, and everything else are attracting ad dollars that used to go to TV. In reaction, programmers demand more in cable fees, which inevitably gets passed on to consumers.

    Second, fast forward disable is annoying to consumers, but by promising that feature to programmers, the cable company has leverage to pay lower fees, thus preventing consumer prices from increasing as much.

    Frankly, most of us want great programming, lots of it, low fees, and no ads. Common sense suggests these are not simultaneously achievable.

     

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    William Briskin, Jan 17th, 2014 @ 9:07am

    Comcast is an awful company!!!

    I don't think the scale of Comcast has anything to do with their horrible customer service. They have a monopoly in the Boynton Beach, FL market. There are no other choices. I have had Comcast service (bundled TV, phone & internet) since 2006 and it has not performed satisfactorily on a consistent basis since it was installed. Comcast Customer Service people are always nice but they are inept at resolving issues. I have had so many technicians at my home over the past 8 years and we continue to have issues every few months. If another option existed I would switch immediately. The worst thing is they charge you for a technician to come out to your home when their service is not performing satisfactorily and CEO Brian Roberts thinks his company is NOT awful. I think we have identified the biggest problem. The CEO is in denial!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2014 @ 5:32pm

    Comcast had very bad customer service!!!

    I called them the 6th times and they could not fix their problems! I returned the Comcast cable modem and the local office told me that I was all settle. Then I saw the statement, keep saying that I need to pay the rental fee and later fee. I called for the 6th time and they still want to blame me and ask me to pay first. I simply could not take it. It's their fault and they want me to pay them first!

    I would rather that they raise the price! But they try to sneak in these extra charge! The modem was given free to me and it's pretty old, and now they want to charge customers for the rental fee. It's simply cooked up by some people in Comcast to steal some money from its customers.

     

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    Al Chetti, Feb 4th, 2014 @ 6:16pm

    Comcrap.....um, comcast

    I've had at least 100 hours of bad communication with comcast, trying to fix things they messed up, like disconnecting my prepaid basic cable to extort money they think i owe! That's another issue...

    I remember when TV was free and then advertising came along to defray costs. Why is it that now, we pay moron filled companies like comcast ridiculous amounts of money for TV, yet still are bombarded with commercials? Change the channel, commercial, change it again, commercial, over and over. It's more commercials than programming. You charge us for TV...NO COMMERCIALS!

     

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    Vickie, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 9:49pm

    Comcast Truth

    Aren't people aware that the Feds have termed up with AT&T as fronts of other businesses to destroy them? Xfinity is NOT comcast. They took over to destroy Comcast so people will tirn to at@t. You are being watched and controlled in ways you cannot even fathom.

     

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    JUSTIN, Mar 5th, 2014 @ 9:52pm

    HOW COMCAST SCREWED ME

    I tried upgrading our service Jan 2014. this residence has been a customer for about 20 years with Comcast since 1994 when they bought out the local cable company. The first tech that came out was a Comcast technician who we had to reschedule with due to out outrageous pricing for redoing our inside wiring.
    After $400 of rewiring my house with cat 6 cable and high speed LAN and being promised a new out side drop line. I had to argue with a contractor to call his supervisor because the contractor that added an additional box split off the amplifier which caused our service to cut out even more than what it had before they started. The tech told us that the signal coming in to the house was -8 db when their spec was suppose to be -10 to+10 db. Even after i told the supervisor that the outside line had been damaged when tree branches fell on it multiple times and i had to rehang it and that our service had been cutting out before we upgraded and the original tech had told us that the line coming into the house would be replaced, I had to threaten to throw their equipment out into the street and cut down their wire from the pole to get him to agree to install the new outside line. After 3 days of waiting at home 8 am - 8 pm missing work and school the new line was installed and i still was loosing service.I tried using the better business bureau next. THIS IS COMPLETELY USELESS!!!!! TO GET A BBB RATING OF A+ COMPANIES ONLY NEED TO RESPOND EVEN IF THEIR RESPONSE IS TO TELL YOU SORRY YOUR S.O.L OR F.U. This got me a response that gave me my 7th work order number. They sent out a tech. I made him measure/test every out let after they cleaned up a rats nest of wire the first tech left hidden in our attic. ( Tech even took pictures to back bill the contractor that originally short-cutted our install. Dimetrea from Executive level care was responsible for this BBB complaint twice now she has tried to close the complaint with out verifying my issue was resolved. I was only issued 1 $25 credit for a missed visit when they had missed 3 days worth of appointments. and They claim I was issued a $45 credit toward my 1st months bill but that was part of the original promotional deal, Our first bill was $345 after their credits for phone internet and high def TV. This is no where near the advertised rate of $120 our next bill was $160 with taxes. Apparently no matter how much time they waste of yours its only worth $25. Their guarantee is completely worthless and is false advertising. Just like their ad claiming they our better than U verse and it old wires. They our using old wires just the same and even if you are at the bottom of their specification its good enough. If you want your equipment installed right ask the tech for their tech number if they give you a phone number kick them out of you house!!!! If you get a 4 digit number you can relax a little your equipment will be installed half ass right. And be prepared for them to try to talk over your head like your an idiot. This is the mistake 3 of the tech made. I am electronics tech my self! I had -8 db signal coming in to an amplifier and then split off on a 3 way slitter. This Crappy installation is acceptable to them!!!!!!

    If you are having similar issues file complaint with the BBB 1st, the attorney general of your state 2nd and the FCC 3rd. There are many people out there trying to fight the monopoly of Comcast. If your like most people like me your choices are CRIME CAST OR SCREW VERSE. THIS IS CALLED A MONOPOLY AND IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE RESTRICTED AND REGULATED. SO WHY ARE WE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LACK OF SERVICE AND NO SERVICE OR PAY OUT A$$ FOR SERVICE WE DON'T GET?

    WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER TO FIGHT BACK!!! BEFORE COMCAST CONSUMES ALL AND WE ARE FORCED TO ABIDE!!!

    if YOUR ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE IS WORTH A D@M# send THEM COMCAST'S GUARANTEE

    http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/Customers/CustomerGuarantee.html?SCRedirect=true
    AND EXPLAIN HOW YOUR EXPERIENCE HAS FAILED TO LIVE UP TO THEIR ADVERTISING


    i AM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE CORPORATE OLIGARCHY'S RULING OR WAY OF LIFE.


    MOVETOAMEND.COM JOIN NOW AND SIGN THE PETITIONS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST CORPORTOCARCY !!!!

     

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    pissedoffcustomer, Apr 14th, 2014 @ 6:52pm

    Poor service

    When you call a company for help because their on demand movies are not working (because not all HD movies are not being broadcasted in the same format HDMI vs Component) and the person answering the phone is too busy celebrating with their coworker that they reached their weekly goals, and when you ask to speak with a manager to get some service, and the manager makes up excuses and says they are having a party is why the rep couldn't help is inexcusable...then the rep hangs up because they don't want to deal with the call. I had to call back on three different occasions over two weeks before getting a rep that could try to solve the problem but in the end couldn't figure it out....still to this day...ridiculous.

     

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    Eye Know, Apr 14th, 2014 @ 9:38pm

    Comcast

    They are completely incompetent and don't give a damn. They are so busy running ads looking for more suckers, they don't even know when long time customers fire them. They are dishonest about what they are installing and won't help you after you realize you've been had.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 27th, 2014 @ 10:24pm

    xfinity is connected to a so called free sight more theft if its not free then get out.wasted 1 hr tring to leave comment with xfinity .rounnd and round we go.absolute bull shit

     

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    Jenn I., Apr 28th, 2014 @ 10:53am

    Bad about customer service

    The point is that this CEO only care for his bottom line. How much money will he earn at the end of each merger?! Come on! I understand volume and numbers, but did you ever try to test your theory. Do you have comcast/xfinity? Try calling customer service 5 x because you do not have internet, lan line and cable. You will get 5 people to try to help with bare minimal knowledge and can not give you a straight answer. I have worked customer service for over 6 years. Attaining good CSR has to do with proper training. Provide your CSR with knowledge for trouble shooting, knowledge about the company, access to proper tools, some authority to voice their opinion to the higher ups for ideas to retain customers. Do you even have customer service reports to show what is really going in your own company? While working on conquering the mass business, spend time to work on customer retention!!! It only takes a those few customers to give your company a bad name, before you are out of business someday....

     

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    Jeff Justis, May 10th, 2014 @ 4:53am

    Customer Service is not Priority for the CEO

    Mr. Roberts does not have control over customer service. Even desperate attempts to get Mr. Roberts to step in and get a small business phone and internet up and running don't get action. He may assign someone in his headquarters to follow up, but the local offices resist, make up "facts" that are not accurate, and don't resolve the problem. Where customer service is concerned, Mr. Roberts does not control Comcast.

     

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    Tom, May 10th, 2014 @ 5:24am

    Comcast Service

    This is the WORST company to deal with on the planet!! They could care less about the customer and have very incompetent employees!! It took them 2 weeks to move equipment in my business after THEY rescheduled 3 times, the tech showed up and said he couldn't perform the task. I needed an advanced tech he said and so I was rescheduled again! I asked to move 2 numbers from one location and port them to another and it took 4 hours and 16 people to do this!! Completely unacceptable!! I wanted to cancel and they told me it would cost over $2000!! I explained the service was horrible and didn't want to be their customer! I was told they care about customer service but would not allow me to cancel the contract! Why would any company want to have a customer that hates them and their service is beyond me!! I am planning on sharing this story as much as possible so that others will know what to expect when signing up with comcast. It caused a disruption in my business and I am now using AT&T who have been fantastic! I really wish the CEO of this company could take a second realize its not always about the bottom line!! If they cared about customer service I wouldn't be writing here and they would realize unhappy customers will cost them more than the collecting money from unhappy customers!! I feel I will be having a lot of service calls coming in the next 28 months of this horrible relationship!!

     

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    Jon Hartwell, May 17th, 2014 @ 4:50pm

    no 2 ways around it - Comcast service SUCKS

    Comcast Business "Service" sucks - 9 hour outage - 2 missed appointments and their response is simply, "I'm sorry". They promise 2 hrs appointment windows and 4 hour response time - when they can't meet it, they say, "we are doing our best". Guess their best REALLY sucks.

     

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    T.J. O'Brien, May 22nd, 2014 @ 12:55pm

    Service

    We've had cable TV since 1974 in 3 homes and 3 states. The best service we've had was from Verizon and the worst is from Comcast. At any given time the picture, HD, the sound have issues. They fix it for awhile, but the problem always seems to return. The only thing that comes in good is the bill every month. They make sure of that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

    I have had Comcast for one month, and they are by far the worst company, of any kind, that I have ever done business with. The service, CABLE, never worked correctly from day ONE, and it is DEAD RIGHT NOW, been dead the whole Labor Day 3 day weekend, and I don't expect things to get better..I have made over 25 calls to customer service the last month, and 90% of them were to CLUELESS people. Many of them to The Philippines and Columbia where they barely could be understood by me. This CEO is CLUELESS, too. I had Cox cable before now, and they were sky high pricewise, but their customer service was pretty good. They spun on a dime every time I called with service or equipment problems, which wasn't very often. If I weren't stuck with Comcast, local monopoly, I would drop them for DirecTV...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 28th, 2014 @ 9:13am

    After my Internet stopped working, I called Comcast. They told me to buy a new modem, which I did ($85). Still no wi-fi. A dozen of calls later--more than half of them dropped by Comcast--I still don't have my wi-fi, AND I am out of $85. Comcast "supervisor" has finally told me to go out and buy a new router ($119), but they wouldn't mend the lapse in service to date. The apparent lack of care in "customer care" is really disconcerting. It is like... they literally don't care. And I have been a customer of ten years! Can Comcast's abusive, incompetent, rude, and shameless "customer service" degrade any further?

     

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    Brittney, Jun 30th, 2014 @ 4:28pm

    COMCAST is literally the worst company ever

    Read why on my blog post of all the reasons I no longer give comcast my business:

    http://notfornothingyall.com/2014/03/07/an-open-letter-to-comcast/

     

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    Joan Shaughnessey, Jul 22nd, 2014 @ 12:32pm

    Customer Service

    Comcast and especially their current CEO needs to pay better attention to their customers' complaints regarding their customer service because the winds of their good fortune could change overtime when they are no longer the only or big guy on the block. Customer loyalty goes along with good customer service----a fact of life they should never ignore!

     

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    michael, Jul 29th, 2014 @ 3:41pm

    comcast sucks!

    They are the worst company in America ! They need to be shut down by the FCC! New services coming out like google fiber and apple TV sure to put them out of business! I cant wait! They charge you for services they cant deliver. defective set top boxes, Worst customer service in America, They simply don't care about your needs. When will something be done?

     

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    robin bertrand, Jul 29th, 2014 @ 5:34pm

    you really need to focus on customer needs

    My sister tried for months to lower our bill because we we getting charged for extra boxes we did not have and channels we never ever ordered. We moved and and the comcast guy took inventory of what we returned. He installed new updated stuff but to find out we were being charged extras boxes that did not exsit in our home. My sister spent time and time again on the phone to tell them what we had in our home and what we ordered. To no avail we were still being charge an out rageous amount of money each month.
    We canceled Comcast and returned all of the boxes plus cables and remotes. Come to find out our bill was like a grand cuz we did not return stuff. We did we have the reciept. So a guy from Comcast showed up at my door today. I was pissed and told him we were honest people and did the right thing and told him to get the F off my property. I am very upset that no one listened to us from the get go when we moved. Now a 1000.00 bill. F you comcast CEO you need a better way.

     

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    Ron, Aug 25th, 2014 @ 7:44am

    Mr CEO is misinformed

    No, Mr. CEO. The issue with Comcast is you use people from India to handle 99% of your customer service calls and the truth is, while these people may SPEAK English, that does not mean the fully COMPREHEND English. Especially when it is an upset customer who is speaking faster than normal since they are frustrated. I spent 2 weeks calling Comcast, spoke to 22 reps (several with screaming kids in the background) and could not get ANYONE to understand or resolve my issue. I finally found a customer service number based in the USA (866-372-4215) and my issue was resolved in 15 minutes.

     

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    george, Aug 25th, 2014 @ 2:18pm

    so true

    I fully agree with the title.Comcast sucks.its been a nightmare for 8 month now.they took 190 dollar from my bank account and I never got credit for it and when I call them they say they never got.so I even faxed them copies of my bank statements saying they took the money out.after 8 months hundreds of phone calls and twice I faxed copies and to this date they still havnt fixed it.so I agree the worst company in America.

     

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    sandra fitzgerald, Sep 27th, 2014 @ 3:22pm

    phone service cut off

    On Sept 25th I called to set an appointment to move my services on oct. 13. Fri, am at 7 am I noticed my landlines phone was cut off. After talking to at least 15 people in 2 days no one knew what to do. Finally this morning while my son was on the phone with a supposed tech s opportunity person I decided to Google comcast. I got a tech support person named Annabel in 2 sentences I told her the problem. She looked up my record. 10 minutes later my phone rang it was her the phone was back on. I have been customer since early 80s. Why couldn't 15 people figure it out. So frustrating.

     

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    sniffilupicus, Nov 6th, 2014 @ 8:52am

    What fucking planet is this CEO on?

    The customer service is so deplorable, I cannot say enough. I have spoken with them three days in a row, only to be shipped off to a call center in Jamaica or Haiti. WTF?!!! Then they try and talk me into staying, and when I say no, they put me on hold for ten minutes, then the line disconnects. I am actually sitting here on hold as I speak, waiting to be disconnected once again. I was told this was an actual American customer service person, but I am once again in Jamaica or Haiti. At least fly me there so I can sit on a beach with an umbrella drink while I am getting screwed.

     

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    Nathan malone, Nov 10th, 2014 @ 5:27pm

    comcast service

    I called and ordered comcast services and in the same day was told one price to start then got an email saying a different price with a 50 dollar increase called to get feedback on this and got a 45 dollar increase once more. The tech I talked to refused to let me talk to a supervisor her name was penny needless to say I canceled my appointment never get this company pkease

     

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    Yasayra, Dec 15th, 2014 @ 2:22pm

    Comcast

    Had a appointment today with Comcast cable from 11 to1 O'Clock no one never showed up no one ever called so I called about 5 times and every representative give me a different answer why didn't come to my house one was the service guy was sick the other one was he and pick up his phone excuses excuses I will never go to comcast again never. they are liars and crooks do not trust them and don't go there because you will be upset like I am about now

     

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    Sharon guyton, Dec 16th, 2014 @ 1:50pm

    shifty comppany

    I want the CEO' NUMBER and address so that I can personally tell him how terrible this company is . I have been on the phone to straighten out a bill for 2 months 3 hours each month .then I call for technical help and now my computer and I pad are sut out of internet. May HE AND HIS COMPANY ROT IN HELL!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 1st, 2015 @ 6:07am

    comcast sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    Mary Ann, Jan 3rd, 2015 @ 4:57pm

    Comcast

    COMCAST GOES DOWN EVERTDAY--not for minutes but for hours.
    We missed all but 3 minutes of the Alabama football game.
    JAN 1 --- down 4 hours
    Jan. 2, -- 31 minutes
    Jan. 3 ---it went off at 7:21 PM --- it is now 8 PM and all channels are out.

     

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    irene speaks, Mar 26th, 2015 @ 4:17am

    comcast service

    Comcast service what service i tried all day to get some one on the phone busy all day never got a human to talk to they have me a price then got my bill was 20.00 dollar more they really don't care all they want is your money

     

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    Tiyanna Johnson, Mar 30th, 2015 @ 7:48am

    Customer Service

    Comcast Customer service is very poor on march 30,2015
    have tried to resolve a problem with my TV service, i have called three time i was to get some help and each time i was transferred to technical support only to be hung up on
    This is very poor service.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2015 @ 7:23pm

    TV out on a nikce Saturday night

    maybe its time to scale back Comcast as they suck big time!

     

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    Jeanette Johnson, May 2nd, 2015 @ 8:17pm

    poor cable service by comcast

    Mr. CEO im very upset with the ca b le service? We ordered the fight and cannot see nothing. IM VERY UPSET AND WE WILLA NOT BE PAYING A BILL. Its poor customer service and all.

     

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    Da Truth, May 29th, 2015 @ 12:47pm

    Pissed off!

    Just got off the phone with Comcast. Was on the phone with them for three hours. Just moved to Augusta and found out about this stupid cap. I'm super pissed!!!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 17th, 2015 @ 3:01pm

      Re: Pissed off!

      The only event I will enjoy more than the birth of my children is the death of comcast. what a piece of shit company. what's worse is people like me up until today kept giving the stupid fucks money. may they burn in hell.

       

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