Sunday, April 2, 2017
WHY I AM NOW FOR ATLANTIC BROADBAND AND NOT COMCAST
THE TIME FOR BETTER OFFERS IS OVER IN MY JUDGMENT
When we took the straw vote at the March 3 Delegate Assembly, I was really undecided as to whether we would be better off under a new communications contract with Comcast or Atlantic Broadband. Over the previous several months, right up until the time of the Delegate Assembly, it had been back and forth between the two telecommunications companies—first one and then the other seeming to offer the better deal. I think many delegates were bewildered. They had had no TIME to digest final offers by the two. Both Comcast and Atlantic Broadband appeared to be now offering the long sought-after optional Internet, their prices seemed close enough, and Atlantic Broadband was the new kid on the block. I think some voted for Comcast on the grounds of "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." Even though a straw vote is not binding, I think in retrospect it was a mistake to ask for it at that Delegate Assembly. I don't blame anyone for voting for Comcast at that time.
Since the meeting, a number of points have been clarified. Perhaps foremost among them is the fact that "Optional Internet" with Comcast is not what we expected. Unless as a present owner, you sign up for Internet when the new contract starts, you won't get it for $20/month—or $30 or $40 or even $50. You will have to pay $62.30! That is more than I pay NOW to AT&T by about $20! I don't like the fact Comcast revealed this so late in the game. It makes me distrust them.
Moreover, even if you do sign up for Comcast Internet in the beginning (and stay signed up), they insist that the record-keeping be done by UCO, the associations, or the management companies. That's asking the impossible. The Comcast rep who was at the most recent Broadband-Cable Committee meeting would not budge on this point—nor the outlandish $62.30 charge.
There are several other reasons I now think that Atlantic Broadband is clearly offering us the better deal. You will find some of them in my article in the April Reporter titled "Down to the Wire with Comcast and Atlantic Broadband."
Will Comcast do another turnaround and sweeten the pot? If so, I doubt I would trust them at this point. They have known for several weeks now that we are on the brink of deadline, after which Atlantic Broadband would be out of the running because of their inability to get fiber-optic cable to us in time. Would Comcast LIKE that to happen? Think about it. CC could then pick up all the chips and have their way without the AB competition.