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  •  Who defines "2 voice services available"? (15+ / 0-)

    If you look at a map, a lot of addresses are allegedly covered by cellular that aren't. Plus, how many people do you know who have to walk outside to make a phone call?

    Satellite internet is not suitable for voice calls. It is at best unreliable. It cannot work without electricity.

    As for bundling, AT&T can't be bothered to offer more than voice services to my address.

    Our area tried to get a grant to augment our broadband. According to AT&T and their lobbyists, we already have broadband, and so the grant was denied. This is news to us, and we invite the nice people who took their word for it to come visit us and download some files. I think you can expect the same "mistakes" for voice.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 11:53:04 PM PDT

    •  There is an area at my house about (16+ / 0-)

      as big as a bushel basket down by the pond that people (most times) can get cell service. Other than that, pfft.
      This is so troubling. I'm already disgruntled. All I want my landline to do is make calls with unlimited long distance. Voicemail is ok, but I actually prefer an answering machine. I don't want 3-way calling, or any of the other services I'm forced to buy to get the long distance rate. I have call waiting interruption disabled.

      "Authoritarians are attracted to equality because it justifies treating everyone equally shabbily." ~hannah~

      by emmasnacker on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 04:57:44 AM PDT

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      •  One former house of ours (2+ / 0-)
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        had cell service if you sat on the kitchen counter next to the oven.

        Our current house has none, but if you walk 1/2 mile to a triangular spot in the middle of the road next to the cemetery (conveniently located, since you're on the phone in the middle of the road), you can get decent signal.

      •  There are actually phones to help with that (1+ / 0-)
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        Actually, it's just a technology: Bluetooth.

        You can get a handset system that will connect via Bluetooth to your cell phone. Actual landline service is not required (though if you have it, it's perfectly compatible and you can "switch" from landline to cell through the handset).

        Anyway, pair your Bluetooth home phone base station with your cell phone. Whenever you enter range of your home, your cell phone will automatically sync up via Bluetooth. You can then use your home phone system as an extension of your cell phone -- you can make or receive calls through your cellphone, and if you have a landline enabled you can make or receive calls from your landline service as well. Just push the "cell" or "home" buttons on the handset to switch.

        The last step is really the most critical -- place your home cell phone docking/charging station in that bushel-basket sized hotspot where you actually get good service. Hopefully it's near a power outlet. And get in the habit of plugging your cell phone into the charging station whenever you are "settled" at home for a while.

        sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words

        by harrije on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 09:33:44 PM PDT

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    •  in answer to your question: Lobbyists. (11+ / 0-)

      UNLESS we make enough noise, loud enough and long enough, that our elected representatives recognize that they are going to get primaried to hell and back if they don't deal with us.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:25:22 AM PDT

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      •  Not just any lobbyists (4+ / 0-)
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        AT&T's lobbyists. And they'll decide based on how profitable the neighborhood is.

        Profitable? Then voice remains an essential service, and they should keep their subsidies for providing it.

        Unprofitable? Well then, look, satellite! What kind of ungrateful leech on society lives in a neighborhood with trees and hills, anyway?

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:21:37 AM PDT

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      •  That and we have to actually NOT vote for them (1+ / 0-)
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        ... if they vote for these bills. Sadly, there is a paucity of alternative people for whom to vote. I'm increasingly convinced that the "spoiler" argument when more than one candidate runs for a given seat is specifically designed to ensure we can't get out of the catch-22 by ensuring we have no options other than bad and worse.

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