More disturbing: why does it get a dollar sign as its logo?
That is the content of the last DM conversation I had with RCN’s “support staff” on Twitter. I have two major problems with these clowns:
- They block port 80 incoming on your cable modem, which has been the case for 10 years at least. Caveat emptor, I guess, but I don’t shop for broadband services (to the extent one can actually DO THAT — more on that later) based on whether or not the carrier cripples the service, because, you know, THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN.
- The only way to get them to open port 80 incoming, for reasons they will not explain, is to purchase a static IP address for $20 extra/mo. (If your reaction to this is “hey, that’s bullshit,” congratulations! You are a normal technology consumer who understands what it means to get what you pay for.)
How is it that we can’t do better than this in 2013? A friend of mine informed me that Verizon and Comcast have gotten in trouble with the law for colluding to fix prices by making agreements to partition neighborhoods off. Mine is like this — FIOS is “unavailable” on my side of my street, and has been since the service became available in DC years ago. Everyone suffers when this artificial lack of competition is allowed to fester.
So I moved a couple weeks ago, and in the process of moving thought I would take the initiative to finally free myself from Comcast. Why, you might ask, would I do that, since Comcast provides the fastest broadband service currently accessible to me?
As a rising senior at Fordham University in the Computer Science department, I was in need of a subject for my senior honor’s thesis. Half of the year before I had spent in Dublin, Ireland in a study-abroad program, so I hadn’t exactly been focusing on picking a thesis topic. What I knew was that I wanted to do something useful, but while the dot-com boom was in full swing at this point, I was not a software developer and didn’t relish the idea of taking time off from school to participate in a tech startup project that would be incredibly statistically likely to ultimately fail. So, instead of turning outwards to the business world, I decided to turn inwards.
Why did I get so much spam in the last few days?