Tuesday, 12 July 2011 13:17
Well I just cancled my Clear 4G account. It started off great. I was getting 20mb download speeds on my mobile device, and although my home Motorola modem was flaky after first it started working fine. Well then the fun comes. As 4G devices get more popular it was clear that in Central Austin, North Central or Allendale to be more precise, there was too many users, and not enough bandwidth. If I wanted to stream Netflix forget about it. If I wanted to stream my security cameras from Tek Republik, well, forget that too. Then the heat of the Summer came, and in addition to Clear throttling Netflix, or anything, it became obvious that the towers were going down, and it has been widely theorized that this was due to the heat. What was a great deal for two devices at $55 a month for unlimited bandwidth is no longer the case.
I'm trying Time Warner again 35MB down, and 5MB up for $49.99 in the hopes it works right. It is going to take them a whopping 11 days to get the install done, and I can not do it apparently. I don't like that at all.
Grande and Uverse are available across 2222 from me at my sisters house. Grande has 110MB down for $110 a month. Yeah, I'm not joking. I've been trying to get Grande for 5 and half years, as long as I've had their fiber at Tek Republik. They have not moved past 2222 in that amount of time. Literally a few hundred feet. So why are we stuck with Time Warner, or ATT DSL in Allendale? Why after 5 years is there still no fiber. Why can't they cross the road? After spending hours on the phone yesterday with ATT, and Grande, I have no answers.
What I do have though is a lawyer and a porn video company claiming we torrented a racy video over Clear, and distributed it, and we owe them $50. I don't use torrent. Sorry, it is full of viruses. What I do is stream video. In fact I never downloaded MP3s, and I couldn't care less about watching movies. I don't have the spare time to manage data. I have two businesses to run. I have a daughter to raise, and a child on the way. I want to stream. Of course I think my extensive DVD, CD, and Blu Ray collection attests to that. As does my Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, Amazon Video, and Last.FM.
So who pulled this video down? Is it someone who hacked my network? Is it a past roomate? Its not my 6 year old daughter. It is not my wife. It is not me. My laptop at home is used for email, Netflix, and for my daughter to play games. In fact since I've gotten a Roku it has mostly been used for email, and web browsing. Not that I'm ever home. I'm usually at work or onsite somewhere. Anyway, if you get a call from 786-879-7449 its probably them. Some anonymous lawyer aid with no real proof you did anything. I'm going to fight it.