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May 17, 2008

Digital technology concerns

The recent storms have me frightened about the requirement for all TV signals to go digital (instead of analog) in February, making current TVs obsolete. Due to a slick salesman’s pitch and lack of interruption of cable service for a while, we took a chance on combining the phone with cable. Big mistake. The cable went out, so the phone went out. The power was out, and the cell phone needed recharging. Therefore, we were cut off from all communication.

We couldn’t report the cable outage (no phone). We had no weather reports (no cable). At least we had a battery-run TV. It will soon be useless.

What will happen when all hard-wired analog phone lines and TV signals are forced to go digital? It takes sophisticated cables, computers and satellites to keep digital going, and we’ve all experienced how good that can be.

I’m afraid communications are stepping backward as safeguards are slowly being eliminated. To rely solely on this technology is scary, to say the least.

I, for one, will pay a little more to have my phone and TV separated again as soon as my contract has expired.

Kathy Crook
Gladstone

Comments

Casady

For those who are concerned about communications during power outages, a land line phone is still an option. In fact, the same bundle of Cable/HSI/phone that is being offered by cable is also available through ATT. Landline phone service from ATT or other incumbents is powered through the local central office, not through the customer premise.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

I would be more concerned with government mandated Ponzi schemes that give you no choice. Although I agree the cable providers are pretty selazy.

solomon

When I initially saw the commercial showing the package of cable/internet/phone I thought "what happens if the cable goes out"?

There is not a saleman on earth "slick" enough to overcome any intelligent persons objection.

 
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