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Ron Garza
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by Ron Garza on April 2nd, 2014

I finally had to let Road Runner go. Bad service turned to no service at all for 3 days.

Why is Mueller limited to these 2 providers? Do they own the lines?

I started an online Chat with AT&T and they asked me how I normally used the internet -- right after I told them how I used the internet. I disconnected.
 
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John Heron
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by John Heron on April 3rd, 2014

I was told by my builder that those 2 companies are the only ones who opted to invest money for the wiring used and were therefore granted the rights here.
 
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dhs
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by dhs on April 3rd, 2014

You may not want to hold your breath for Google Fiber coming to Mueller soon, if this map is accurate:
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zKGIh6VixM7Q.kpvawAIdVCMA

It looks like Google is coming to South Austin first, and it may be awhile if they haven't even pulled permits yet for East Austin.

Doug
 
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todd calvert
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by todd calvert on April 4th, 2014

i just got ATT gigapower. (1 year contract, 3 year price lock) $70 for 300up and down. works as advertised. will bump up to a gig in may.
 
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Ross Houston
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by Ross Houston on April 4th, 2014

I was trying to hold out for Google, but if our neighborhood is further down the list I'll go ahead and switch from TWC to AT&T. The only thing TWC has going for them is the lack of a contract, but 1 year is a term I can live with.
 
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NMsol
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by NMsol on April 4th, 2014

Is TWC offering internet access without a contract or were you done with your TWC and going month to month?
 
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Ross Houston
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by Ross Houston on April 5th, 2014

I've had a contract with them, it's been month to month the whole time. Not sure if that's the only way to do it.
 
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Ron Garza
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by Ron Garza on April 5th, 2014

I did not have a contract with TWC RR. Does AT&T require contracts? If so, what for? To justify not charging for flipping a switch on, or for having a tech do a house call? (There's no need to quit a provider if the service good. Without justification, contracts are for "hostage takers")

With all the entrepreneurs in Austin, there must be a reason why we don't have an option for "cellular" dish, or the like.
 
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dhs
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by dhs on April 7th, 2014

Read this:
http://beta.slashdot.org/story/200409

The bottom line is that until/unless a city or a neighborhood is willing/able to build the infrastructure for broadband wired communications, that function will be provided by private oligopolies that will use whatever political, legal or financial leverage they have to remain as oligopolies.

Doug
 
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Ron Garza
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Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
by Ron Garza on April 7th, 2014

Thanks, Doug. It's the same game over-and-over. Sure there are "No new taxes"; there are toll roads (hidden "taxes"). The cost of the internet lines is being passed on to the consumer too (as another hidden "tax", by the ISPs). It doesn't matter which political party is in power, someone is going to pay for these items, one way or the other. I agree that these items should be treated as "utilities" but if the government doesn't set up these utilities then the oligopolies will, and they did. And the oligopolies are going to make sure that newcomers' entry into their game is as tough as possible.
 
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