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  •  I now pay my local CLEC $40 a month (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, Trotskyrepublican

    for DSL @ 56Mbps.

    The actual speed is up to 756K (or 75.6 Mbps), but I'm right at the limit of DSL distance, so I don't get full speed.

    The provider is Century Link (used to be Qwest which used to be U.S. West, the original Baby Bell).

    I get the cost of the DSL line and the DSL service combined with ISP, for that price.

    Since I don't have a "telephone" or POTS (plain old telephone service) line, but a "DSL Line", my DSL has NO REGULATION, and thus, no taxes.

    $40 flat rate, every month.

    I used to pay, since arount 2002, about $50 to Qwest for a POTS line + DSL service and an additional $16.95 for my ISP.

    Now everything is bundled together and I've almost cut my Internet service costs in half.

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    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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    "A Better World is Possible" - #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:38:03 PM PST

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    •  CLEC competitive local exchange carrier (1+ / 0-)
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      •  basically, these are the Baby Bells left over (3+ / 0-)

        from when the Federal Government (FCC) broke up Ma Bell to bust it's monopoly on telephone services.

        They told us all that this action would foster competition and allow for less expensive and better phone service.

        Too bad they didn't also tell us that, within 20 years, most of what it would bring consumers was the world's worst over-the-phone customer service and, for the most part, absolutely no physical offices to go and do business with them at. I say this a someone who spent a year working for Qwest Communications as a Customer Care Representative (read that as: sales rep with a big title and bigger monthly sales quota). I think of it as my time spent as a minion of the devil.


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        I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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        "A Better World is Possible" - #Occupy

        by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:08:59 PM PST

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    •  Qwest, the telco that stood up to Bush and Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State

      … about FISA court oversight, and whose CEO then just coincidentally ended up being charged with insider trading?

      . . . [F]ormer Qwest CEO Joseph P. Nacchio (convicted of insider trading) "said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks … [suggesting] that the Bush administration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without court oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon." Qwest, by the way, declined to play, unlike other telecoms.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:27:44 AM PST

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