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Comcast Takes $70 Gigabit Offer Away From Cities Near Chicago (arstechnica.com) 79

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When Comcast brought its gigabit cable Internet service to the Chicago area in August, it gave customers in some parts of Chicago and nearby towns the option of subscribing for $70 a month -- half off the standard, no-contract price of $140. Though the $70 gigabit offer required a three-year contract, it came with unlimited data, which normally costs an extra $50 a month on top of the $140 no-contract price. For Comcast customers, this was a good deal. But Comcast didn't make the $70 offer available throughout the Chicago area, and now the company has restricted it even further. The offer remains available in parts of Chicago, namely Uptown, Grand Crossing, the Loop, and South Loop. But Comcast has stopped offering the $70 price in all nearby cities and towns where it was originally available. The $70 price was briefly offered in Arlington Heights, Naperville, Plainfield, Waukegan, Tinley Park, Batavia, and Bloomington in Illinois and in South Bend in Indiana. In those areas, the $140 no-contract price is now the only option for new gigabit cable customers. (People who signed up for the $70 deal before it was rescinded will still get it for three years, as they're under contract.) A Comcast spokesperson said the company had been "testing" the $70 promotion in certain areas of Illinois and Indiana but decided to stop the tests in most of them. It's not clear why Comcast stopped the tests in these cities and towns, but Comcast told Ars that it often changes its promotions and thus could expand the $70 deal to other areas or offer new discounts soon. However, there are no expansions of the $70 offer being announced right now.
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Comcast Takes $70 Gigabit Offer Away From Cities Near Chicago

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  • by nitehawk214 ( 222219 ) on Tuesday November 15, 2016 @09:27PM (#53293493)

    This is how cable companies work. They give big discounts to new customers, then fuck over their existing customers because they know its a duopoly (if not an outright monopoly) and rake in the cash.

    Oh, you are going to switch to Verizon? Hahaha, go right ahead. Once they start fucking you over you are not going to get any special deals to come back.

    • by freeze128 ( 544774 ) on Tuesday November 15, 2016 @10:13PM (#53293775)
      Yes, this behavior is expected, but not for the very cynical reasons you give. You see, it's actually a *GOOD* thing that comcast is limiting its gigabit service to certain areas. Allow me to explain: In the past, comcast has sold its internet service everywhere it could. Since there is a finite amount of bandwidth in the universe, this means that they often oversold their internet service, and their customers suffered for it.

      Now that comcast has upgraded their peering connections, and has started to sell their gigabit internet (which has NO DATA CAP), they are doing the right thing, and preventing the overselling of their internet service. This is the behavior that we want to encourage.
      • by Chas ( 5144 )

        Uh. No. The Gig-E service still comes with a 1TB data cap unless you pay the extra $50/month.

      • by Holi ( 250190 )
        Wait, if it HAS NO DATA CAP, then why do they charge and extra $50 for unlimited data?
        from the summary:
        "it came with unlimited data, which normally costs an extra $50 a month"
    • This is how cable companies work. They give big discounts to new customers, then fuck over their existing customers because they know its a duopoly (if not an outright monopoly) and rake in the cash.

      Oh, you are going to switch to Verizon? Hahaha, go right ahead. Once they start fucking you over you are not going to get any special deals to come back.

      I actually just signed up for this $70 gigabit internet yesterday, as an existing Comcast customer. They said I was the first subscriber in my specific area. Perhaps they're limiting the number of sign-ups at that rate? I don't know. And I know for a fact that you can qualify as a new customer with comcast when you've not had service for 6 months. Don't get me wrong, I don't like the state of our internet in the US, either, and especially not the customer service of comcast, but you really don't have to

  • raping everyone else and have no competition. Where I'm at, in Indianapolis, I'm already paying ~$70 for less than 10% of that speed with a cap... The only other option here is Uverse which is even worse and not fast enough for me.

  • by JoeyRox ( 2711699 ) on Tuesday November 15, 2016 @09:31PM (#53293523)
    Hate to be snarky but is it really news that a temporary offer on discounted internet service is no longer available?
    • by msauve ( 701917 ) on Tuesday November 15, 2016 @09:36PM (#53293557)
      It is to the person who submitted the article, who is now pissed that they didn't take the offer when it was available. It's not news, or even interesting, to anyone else.
      • Actually to those of us who don't live in the USA, watching you guys get screwed over by corporations is most definitely interesting. For the benefit of our international readers could you explain the concept of data that is not unlimited? It's such a foreign concept in much of the world.

  • ...I get 1Gbps at $60 per month. I guess I am lucky to live in such a city with such a good city council that implemented the Director Rules properly.
  • We keep hearing one political party chant "free markets" and "get big government off our backs!" - yet, where are their actions to implement their words?

    • We keep hearing one political party chant "free markets" and "get big government off our backs!" - yet, where are their actions to implement their words?

      Being blocked by the political Party that controls Chicago? And the State of Illinois?

      Completely irrelevant to this case, however. A limited time discount is ending. They do that - that's what "limited time" means....

  • ...returned with bullet holes in it. They don't really care about the employees, but the CEO has this thing for the trucks...

    • ...returned with bullet holes in it. They don't really care about the employees, but the CEO has this thing for the trucks...

      Aren't most Independent Contractors?

  • by FictionPimp ( 712802 ) on Tuesday November 15, 2016 @10:04PM (#53293717) Homepage

    We just (and I mean in the last month) got access to 1gbps internet from comcast in our area. There was no special price, if there was I would have gotten it, I was one of the first installs.

  • As a lifelong Chicagoan, I can tell you that giving Naperville gigabit ether and unlimited data is a bad idea.

  • When they know that people will be able to buy AT&T's streaming TV option and all they need is internet, but they will still want that 4k... they have to make sure people still give them their cut. This business model will eventually fail, and be replaced by one that settles for a smaller cut... but in the meantime... lookout. It's similar to death throes.
  • Previously I was on their 150/20 service.

    Now I'm pulling about 980/40 (Couldn't justify $300/month for bi-directional 2GB.)

    I'm paying about $15/more a month than I would have been paying after the first year of the lower speed service (because you can't currently BUY a DOCSIS 3.1 modem, so there's rental fees).

    I was never actually offered the $70 price.

    Now, ask me if I have a problem with what I'm paying.

    Nope.

    Would I be happier if it were at a lower price point? Sure! I'm cheap! But if I have to pay $150

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The same reason Google has slowed fiber expansion is the same reason Comcast has done the same with it's high speed product. People don't really need that kind of speed for internet access. Anyone who has download speeds constant above 30 mbps should be fine with any content they want to download. I ended up being talked into a faster package myself from Comcast but only because the teaser rate made sense. I won't miss the added speed when I revert back to my previous speed in a year. Unless you have a lot

  • After all, it is a major upgrade that likely requires replacing a lot of hardware, including the cabling. But it's Comcast, and they've never been accused of insufficient greed. Like when they tried to rip me off by "raising" a cap that didn't exist.
  • "Due to the overwhelming demand for our 1Gbps service at the $70 price point, we established that consumer *do not* want to spend $70 and would rather spend $140 for our great service."
  • Competition springs up, offer deep discounts until competition folds, remove discounts. Profit.

  • $70 offer still available where Comcast faces competition from WOW or RCN.

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