Stuck in the sticks

From the “There must be something someone can do about this” files:

Yahoo Answers screenshot: ISP is charging a ridiculous amount for my internet what can I do?

My dad is paying $45/mo for 1 Mbps… Tier 2 speed is 2 Mbps at $49.99, tier 3 is 3 Mbps at 59.99, tier 5 is 5 Mbps at $135, and tier 6 is 6 Mbps at ******* $190.00!!!! I live in a rural area and this is pretty much the only ISP around. Is there anything I could do other than having to move or switch to satellite? Because this is so unfair, there should be laws against this. This is a monopoly so they have no reason to upgrade their infrastructure.

If there exists anywhere on earth an ISP that is undercharging, we’d certainly like to know about it.

In the meantime, if it’s truly a ridiculous amount, the least we can do is to ridicule it. (Fairness, of course, is not a factor, as it usually isn’t.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 December 2014 · 3:10 pm

    “Because this is so unfair, there should be laws against this. ‘

    Yeah, and then we’d all be forced back onto dial-up that drops the connection about once an hour.

    I don’t even know what I pay separate from the probably-too-much for cable, but internet plus cable is about $150 a month for me. That said, my internet at home is almost faster than it is at work, so I’m not gonna complain. (I might about the cable, they’re making noises about dropping MORE channels because those channels are asking for more money (please not Cartoon Network and Boomerang….)

  2. CGHill »

    2 December 2014 · 3:16 pm

    $133 here.

  3. backwoods conservative »

    2 December 2014 · 5:22 pm

    $128 for internet and cable here. Speed is good, I seldom have to wait long for anything. I had it through the phone company for a year, and was definitely not pleased with their speed.

    One nice thing about being a latecomer to the internet (2005) is that I never had to experience dialup.

  4. ms7168 »

    2 December 2014 · 9:21 pm

    I didn’t do internet until 2000 and I quickly figured out that dial-up was for the birds however the ONLY broadband I could get at my residence was cable! I was too far away for DSL (at the outer edge of the WIndsor exchange) and at that time Sprint had a service with an antenna on your roof but they couldn’t find their signal at all. I still have cable and I have always been happy with them. I get the advertised speed at least if not more and since I opted for the next to highest tier I pay $70 per month for just the internet. The highest tier is $109.

  5. McGehee »

    3 December 2014 · 6:10 am

    Had a visit the other day from a nice young lady hoping to switch us to AT&T for TV and internet.

    She said we could save $50 to $70 by switching, but that’s obviously an introductory rate…

  6. Charles Pergiel »

    3 December 2014 · 9:18 am

    My rates are about the same. TV is the bigger half. Rumor has it that WiFi can be made operate over long distances (like miles) with a homemade directional antennae.

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