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Have You Ever Suffered an Extended Internet/Cable Outage?

Dear friends and readers, take pity on me. I have no Internet or cable at my house right now. Both services come from Comcast, and now I'm starting to see where that bundle deal was not such a great idea after all. The modem's probably broken, they say, and the only solution is to send someone out to our house. The catch? They can't come until tomorrow. That happened Monday (without even an apology for the outage, which would have been nice).

Since then, we've been living on a steady diet of season one Lost DVDs and video games (to add insult to injury, Little Big Planet keeps reminding me how fun online play is).

Sure, I should probably be using this forced disconnect time to read some books, maybe go on some long, thoughtful walks, but let's be real: I just want my Internet back (I'm whimpering). And cable and TiVo and Boxxee.

What I really learned this week is how dependent I am on these things — and that I really hate forced outages. Have you ever had to live a few days without cable, Internet, or both, against your will?


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nekiya nekiya 4 years
SOMEONE NEED TO OPEN ANOTHER CABLE COMPANY THATS BETTER THEN ATT,COMCAST. &DIRECT help in need of cable,phone and u suck.guess i'll start my movie collect. i pay way too much money to comcast for all this BS there giving and all i can get is im sorry well yes you all are fxxing sorry get it together damn.
nekiya nekiya 4 years
I have been with comcast for 5 years and in that 5 years my cable phone and internet has been very messed up so today i called in because again my services stop working and i found out that the payment i made to COMCAST was not enough when that was the amount the worker told me to pay and i asked again just to be sure that was the right amount, SO now because of one of com cast smart wokers my services will be off wow THANKS COMCAST.
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
No, but if I did I would hate it. I want my Internet connection running 24/7 even if I don't use it for a day. When I need it I want it too be there.
AmaraUndone AmaraUndone 8 years
Where I use to live we had Charter and one day our cable internet and cable TV stopped working completely. Come to find out when one of their employees came to our apartment complex to hook-up a new resident's cable they damaged our connection in the process and they took a week and a half to come fix it!
doleychitown doleychitown 8 years
I didn't watch tv for weeks before law school exams. After my last exam I came home ready to catch up on EVERYTHING and guess what good ole comcast internet and cable out for the whole night. I went to a friends house and called comcast to get a discount. Sometimes I hate them
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Yes. A few power outages over the last few years however the longest I went without interent/television was when we moved into our home; no connections for about 1 & 1/2 wks. That drove me crazy!lol.
mek123 mek123 8 years
It's not just Comcast, TWC is not much better and when you call for service it takes a week to get it fixed. A credit is nice but it would be nicer if the Internet wasn't always down.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i am glad i can get internet on my phone because i hate when comcast goes out and blames you for it! busters.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
When I lived up north, I definitely say that Optimum Online beats out anything! When I moved to MD, we used Comcast and didn't have a massive issue with their internet. Since moving down south, they have Charter, and Charter is the absolute worst service I have used EVER. I cannot tell you how many times I have been without internet and cable. But, when that happens I just get mildly pissed -- because damn, I can't watch TV or go on the internet. What is worse is when we get a storm, and that's a lot in the south -- so our power goes out EVERY TIME, and for some odd reason, every month, for like a few days our water stops working as we are left with no water, no electricity...and then you get bored...but you can't do anything. Worst!
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
I feel for you! I only lost internet and cable for a few hours a couple days ago (Comcast), which is nothing compared to what a lot of you have had to put up with, but for a high school freshman who basically lives off the internet, it was torture hahaha
kia kia 8 years
I guess when Hurricane Wilma took out electricity in general a few years ago. I lost services for like a week.
weffie weffie 8 years
when i was a poor young thing, i shared an apartment with 3 other people for the last month of my friend's lease when he moved away early... since we were all broke we didn't have internet or cable (or even a computer) but thankfully we had a PS2 and 2 games. literally the entire month, the only entertainment we had (besides the bottle-cap designs we made on the ceiling lol) was playing Vice City and ATV Offroad Fury. it was all kinds of boring, but i sure got good at those games :)
falnfenix falnfenix 8 years
ugh, Comcast. i'd rather go without than pay them another dime. in a year and a half of having an active account with them, i added up the days and weeks without service, and it turns out we were without a total of SIX MONTHS. we never quite got a full refund for the time lost, but that was enough to refuse any future service with them.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I should clarify that our cable provider is also our internet provider.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Our cable is always messed up. We've had to go a week without it. Our cable provider always tells us its our computer and should just get a new one and the problems will go away. Well we've hooked up my brand new laptop to it and guess what? Still the same problems. We live in a neighborhood that they haven't updated the line in over 5 and even 10 years, that's what an outside contractor told us finally and our problems probably won't go away until they're fixed, but we're better off switching or moving. Unfortunately we live somewhere small and switching companies is hard since we only have like 3.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Yes, it was something wrong with the cable line, and it was a few days. At least when we called to complain they refunded us for the time it was down.
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
I totally know what you're going through: I'm moving from my flat and before things are fixed by my internet company, I don't have any internet neither! I'm totally depressed! LOOOL But thanks God, I can go on the web at work, just like now! LOL
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Oh yes, I've had outages. It sucks. But I always get more done! Macgirl is right about the iphone though. When we moved recently it was great to have as a backup.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
When Fios was new we had a few outages that were HORRIBLE. Since the iPhone it's not nearly as bad not to have "real" internet as it's a decent backup. We do now have a Verizon 3G card as a back up though.
mrsjhudson mrsjhudson 8 years
Yes!! The electric company came out to put up a light pole in our yard and cut our phone lines, which knocked out internet ALL weekend. I was livid!! No apology or admitting that it was their fault.
Librachick93093 Librachick93093 8 years
Blah, yes. A couple years ago, there was a really bad storm and everyone was kept at home for like a week, and our internet and cable were both out for the entire time. Actually, for a day or so, all of our power was gone, but thankfully that got turned back on quickly (hooray for living on the same grid as a hospital!).
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