Comcast being towed for illegal parking: let it relieve some frustration from their prices, service, or customer treatment. Comcast Davis HQ
|2501 Research Park Drive, between Playfields Park & I 80|
|(800)824-2000 (local office)|
Comcast has been providing cable television service to Davis area residents for a while, and now offers broadband internet and telephone service in Davis as well. In addition, Xfinity also provides home security systems and monitoring including video monitoring. They also provide thermostat/lighting control. This is all controlled from a 24/7 Comcast monitoring center. Sleep well because Comcast is watching you... The City of Davis Telecommunications Commission is in charge of the franchise agreement with Comcast governing their business in the town, and complaints about Comcast should be sent to the Commission. The base price for broadband internet and basic cable TV service is about $57 per month, though they have been offering various discounts to entice customers away from existing options such as SBC Global and Omsoft. The company has rebranded their digital cable, internet, and telephone services to Xfinity. The rebranding was done to try to distance themselves from past negative interactions with their customer base nationwide. Xfinity stands for infinite content choices and cross-platform features, thus guaranteeing an inability to deliver what they promise.
Comcast owns 51% of NBC Universal. It also owns Fandango.com and holds ownership in many cable TV networks.
Comcast's scheduled maintenance windows start at 12:30 AM. Your phone and internet might go down then. And you won't be given any notice. If you regularly stay up all night working on some assignment, this will probably bite you eventually.
Comcast Internet does some stupid things. One example is ESPN360. ESPN360 is trying to be like a cable channel on the internet. If you want it, your ISP has to subscribe to it. If you want to subscribe to it and your ISP doesn't pay for it, you can't. If you don't want to be throwing ESPN360 money, you can't opt out. Another example is them hijacking DNS records for domains that don't exist and using this to try to serve you ads. Essentially, they're lying to your computer saying a server exists when it doesn't, breaking a lot of stuff, and using the opportunity to put ads in your face. If you're looking at getting internet for your place, you might want to check out your other options.
XFinity Customers who had "boost" service previously just got a faster connection rate of 25mbs vs the 16 they had prior. XFinity speeds are close to 54mbs but tend to cap lower and ranges between 37 and 45 Mb/s to date. New Customers Triple Play- Internet, TV and Digital Phone service 99.00/mo for the first 24 months ... Internet max 250gb downloads per month (114.99 for year 3 and 129.00/mo after). Triple Play Preferred- Includes three free months of HBO and Showtime along with one year of free DVR service- 119.00/mo 24 months ... Internet downloads max 400 gb/mo. (135.00/mo. year 3 and 149.00/mo after), HD Preferred PLUS Triple Play- 139.99/mo first 24 months Internet Downloads max 550 gb/mo. plus free Internet TV/film downloads(155.00/mo. year 3 and 169.00/mo after).
Payments can be made at the office on Research Park Drive. After hours, payments can be dropped off through a slot in the door.
If you subscribe to both Cable and Broadband through Comcast, it's about $95 a month (new customers only). They charge 45.99 for Internet (existing customers cost $79.99/mo. offer is for new customers only), 49.99 (or so) for TV (though you can get Basic Cable for approx. $11 -it doesn't come with any "cable" channels such as MTV though). But they do a promotional $19.99 per service for the first 3 months. And free home installation for the broadband. Threaten to cancel your service! Last June I called to say I wanted to cancel as some roommates would be gone and the remainders couldn't afford it, as well as moving, etc. They responded with offering me the $19.99 promotion again! So I had 6 months of cable Internet and television at about $40 a month, totally awesome. You can also pay with a credit card over the phone, either with the automated system or with a service rep.
Xfinity is no longer just a cable, internet, and telephone provider. They are now selling home security services and thermostat/lighting control. Yes, Comcast can now control your home security, lights, and temperature. Remote control and video monitoring is available. You can access your home's systems from a mobile phone or computer.
Significant Outages in Service
September 2010 Outages and Problems
Starting from the 9th of September (according to one Comcast tech), a series of problems started affecting internet service in Davis through Comcast. Continuing into October, a wide array of people reported problems.
Read more about your neighbor's experiences and add your own on the entry about the outages.
Winter 2005 Outages
Wasn't this because Comcast broadband was new to most of Davis? I was told that so many people were getting it that they weren't able to handle the load. It had something to do with previous arguments with the city of Davis (I think there was an aggie article about it once). Having to tear up some roads to lay cable, and the maintenance over the years, etc. They did have a bit of a rough start but for tons of people who were stuck with shitholes like Cal.NET it REALLY was like a life-saving desert oasis. -ES
Yes, that was a large part of it. They have since upgraded their network to better handle the load. I wasn't all that pissed about it, I got several months of service free by bitching at them a lot. — RyanCastellucci
Comcast Cable Internet is notorious for having extended periods of no service. This leads many people to lament that "Comcast is good...when it's working." Typically there is nothing you can do during these blackouts and if you call support they will tell you power cycle your modem. In fall of '04 Comcast entered the cable Internet market in Davis, which goes some length in explaining their unstable service, but after speaking with a technician, it was revealed that outages during the spring of '05 were in fact caused by an apartment on Valdora who subscribed to Comcast and shared their Internet with their neighbors. Naturally everyone on the connection was downloading movies and thus by the technician's estimate they were using about 10gigs of bandwidth a day which caused instabilities in the entire network. The FCC was contacted and as a result these people were banned from Comcast for life. Comcast is for the most part much more stable nowadays but if you do not get the promotional rate, it is pretty costly per month. The upside to this is that you are getting much faster speeds than DSL and there is no annual contract to maintain. -DavidFu
The outage caused by one apartment, and subscribers banned for life sounds urban-legendish.
It is a perfect example of an urban legend. Would the load be any greater with their neighbors connected -even with everyone downloading movies than with they themselves maxing out their bandwidth? No, it couldn't be. It would just mean that their neighbor's service would suck. (Why all this person's neighbors ("naturally") are such video download hounds to a greater extent than the general public is another mystery.) Even if we pretend that it was all true: one person's neighbors couldn't have much of an effect compared with the entire population of Davis which Comcast services. Even if everyone in the city decided to peg their bandwidth at the same moment, it still wouldn't be expected to cause "instability" (something only in Hollywood movies, you know like the router/computer exploding and the wires catching on fire...). In reality, packets would get dropped, people's accesses would time-out, but no equipment would be harmed (!) and when the heavy load ceased, everything would return to normal. It's caused Denial-of-Service. That urban legend is just the sort of thing the ISP's would love people to believe. ISP's and telco's pricing structure is based on averages -the more people use, the more it costs them. Thus, they don't make a profit on heavy users and try to discourage/harass them as much as they can get away with -without alienating the rest of their customers. —SteveDavison
10GB per day only averages out to 925kbps, which Comcast's network should be able to handle even if it were designed by trained monkeys. I once downloaded 20 gigs overnight (All 14 Debian Linux CD images, plus the DVD images) and nobody broke down my door. I also have no idea why they would contact the FCC, sharing your connection like that is legal (IANAL), though it does violate Comcast's TOS (terms of service). That said, I think that their network was initially under-engineered, but it seems to have gotten better. Check out this thread on broadbandreports.com — RyanCastellucci
Agreed. 10GB a day isn't hefty at all. On the upper end of common use, but not "break the network" usage. Also, unless they had faulty electronics and were broadcasting RF, the FCC wouldn't give a darn about anything they were doing — the FCC doesn't have anything to do with bandwidth (wireless, yes, but again, it's at the electronics level, not the usage... a wireless router can share/broadcast/download anything and the FCC doesn't care as long as it stays in the allocated frequencies). This sounds awfully like an urban legend spawned by people who were sharing cable and/or bandwidth with their neighbors, got caught and banned, and decided to talk it up into a bigger story than it was (or the chain of gossip inflated events). —JabberWokky
Maybe the people hacked their modem to remove the bandwidth limit. This can indeed wreak havoc on a cable network, and would warrant FCC involvement. However, rather than being "banned for life," the persons responsible would probably end up in jail. - AV
The FCC would only get involved if said hacking caused signal leakage, which is unlikely. Removing the bandwidth cap is just a matter of changing the firmware. It doesn't somehow change the shielding which keeps the signals contained in the cable system. As for the prison thing, that would only occur if Comcast convinced the DA to prosecute on computer trespassing charges or something like that. Let's assume for a moment, however, that the hacking causes significant signal leakage. The most the FCC will do is send you nasty letters and issue an administrative forfeiture if you ignore them for a year or so. -wl
Daily Degradation in Service
* I've had Comcast in my last two apartment complexes working beautifully, except for the initial few rocky months it was new to most of Davis. I now live in Brush Creek Apartments, and am starting to have some trouble with my broadband. I used to live with 4 other guys at one complex, 2 at the other, and here it's just me and my girlfriend - I'm positive it's not some bandwidth hogging issue. It's fine in the morning, but as the day progresses, it seems to get worse. It just gets slower starting in the afternoon. Verified using a few online tests (stuff like http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/, etc) and the highly efficient counter-strike method: open up my servers list and just watch the latency go from 20 or 30 in the mornings to 100+ in the evenings. Makes for crap playtime. Is there anything they could do if I call them up, or am I just S.O.L.? -ES
I've been having the same problem. They probably won't fix it, but they will give you a discount on you bill if you whine and ask for it. If you take a look at my smokeping page, you can clearly see the lag for me, and one of my friends who lives across town. I'd be happy to add you to my monitoring there if you'd like something to back up your complaints when you bitch at Comcast. —RyanCastellucci
23:13:03 http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2 => `/dev/null' Resolving kernel.org... done. Connecting to kernel.org[184.108.40.206]:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 39,194,430 [application/x-bzip2] 100%[==========================================>] 39,194,430 1006.65K/s ETA 00:00 23:13:41 (1006.65 KB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [39194430/39194430]
Note that Comcast is now considering bandwidth caps with overage charges, as well as reducing the speed of your entire connection if you download data faster than they think you should (regardless of whether or not you are actually *paying* for the ability to do so). More information on this can be found at Gizmodo's article on the subject
Looks like it's no longer a consideration. On Thursday, Comcast officially announced that they're implementing a 250GB bandwidth cap for their subscribers. It looks like a horrible practice, but many of us have to deal with them since they're often the only ISP available in the area. — WilliamBinns-Smith
Apple just announced the availability of high definition programming via iTunes. A single 1 hour TV show with no commercials (ie. a 43 minute long video) in high definition (1280x720) is 1.3 GB. To really understand the impact of Comcast's bandwidth cap, the average TV viewer watches about 8 hours of TV per day. If you were to attempt to get your TV from the Internet (through iTunes, for example) rather than live through Comcast's video stream, and you were an average user, you would get kicked off the network by Comcast. — IDoNotExist
Another interesting fact is that the quality of the cable reception and internet speed is based partly on how far your house is from a hub, which are those little green domed things about a foot tall in some people's front yards. Many of them are also encased in a black sleeve approximately 1.5 feet in length on what appears to be the lowest power lines (such as at the corner of 4th and J Streets). If your home is more than 300 feet or so, then there can be some problems with signal quality and channel reception.
Questions you may wish to ask
After upgrading my Internet service to receive cable (and many problems along with it) I was informed of some things by the technician who finally appeared to fix it that told me I was never able to receive the bandwidth or signal quality I had been paying for the entire time because of a filter that should have been removed 3.5 years ago.
Are there any filters on my line that should not be there? As far as Internet goes, if this filter is on your line you will only have access to the most highly populated data channel #79. Without the Filter you will have access to #76-79 allowing for a less populated signal and access to cable as well. For cable, if you see the code 12:00m in the info guide where the time should be or if you see the code S0a00 on a channel you should, but are not able to, receive, it may be because of this filter.
What is my signal strength? When paying for cable this could be the difference between functioning HD channels and fuzzy or no picture quality at all on many of them. As for the Internet, it is the difference between truly high-speeds and barely above DSL quality speeds and might prevent you from obtaining the bandwidth and baud rates you are paying for.
During and after repairs ask about exactly what repairs the techs are making and to see the parts, if any, that were repaired, exchanged or removed. You have the right know, and the techs are required to share the information to inform you, about any and all repairs they are making to your service. Take pictures if you would like to, but always ask detailed questions so you know what's going on with the service you are paying for. Knowing this information could be the difference between a tech telling you to power-cycle your box or modem for the hundredth time or actually getting you the help you need with your service.
Whenever getting new service through Comcast, make sure they test all the lines form the cable box to your residence. It is part of their job (which they often do not do if they are not asked to) and they are required to changed any lines that may cause a conflict (at NO COST) to ensure you have the service you are subscribing to.
In case anybody has trouble with the national number here's the direct line for the Sacramento office (800)824-2000 well at least that's the number they gave me. —ArmyDecoy
All of this is useful, but there is one last thing to consider before making the switch to Davis' primary Broadband Provider from DSL or other subscriber services... Past and current litigation against them from their "Satisfied Customers".
Pending Litigation Against Comcast
Hart v. Comcast Class action Lawsuit in P2P violations and the follow-up settlement
Comcast Attempts to Override current FCC regulations regarding the retransmission of broadcast signals http://www.freepress.net/files/Comcast_Program_Access_Litigation_Letter.pdf and http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/02/19-6 Comcast has , as of October 9th, 2010, been lined up for arbitration in the matter.
Another big FCC lawsuit, which actually went to Comcast's favor after initially losing in the lower courts.
They purchased AT&T's Broadband lines and then tried to screw them. In the end, it cost Comcast $170 million.
An entire listing of several lawsuits, past and present, regarding the lack of security on Comcast's very own web domains http://www.360reports.com/p/co/Comcast_Corporation_litigation.html
There are several other lawsuits which can very easily be found if you look. The bottom line is that Comcast does not care about the consumer, the FCC or any regulation regarding monopolies and is even trying to get the average consumer to bow down and accept an arbitration agreement that would cost the consumers the right to sue under any circumstances. On the bright side, there is way to opt out of this arbitration and retain your right to bring suit if necessary by filling out this form.
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2010-02-04 00:09:20 Comcast is apparently changing its name to Xfinity. Don't be fooled. —IDoNotExist
2010-03-22 00:14:00 comcast is a really crappy service for a really ridiculous rate. — randomstudent
2010-04-27 17:30:52 COmcast High-Speed Internet has been down all afternoon. A call to Comcast resulted in them saying that most of Downtown is out, because they're doing scheduled maintenance. In the middle of a weekday. During Midterms. Great job! —JerseyCity
2010-06-17 21:27:44 On June 17, 2010, I was watching the NBA Finals Game 7, Lakers vs Celtics. With about 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter the screen went blank. Channels 1-12 were not working, meaning that it wasn't the network ABC's fault, but Comcast's. I listened to ESPN radio coverage of the game, but with about 8 minutes left in the game I couldn't stand to just LISTEN anymore and I ran off to the nearest bar to watch the game. At the bar, I wasted money on food and drink that I did not want in order to watch the game, and watched excitedly as the game went down to the wire. If I had waited for Comcast to fix its "little problem" then I would have missed probably one of the greatest NBA Finals series in years. I rest my case —boing3887
2010-07-27 13:19:02 Words cannot describe how much I hate Comcast. When I first moved into an apartment in Davis, my roommate and I wanted to make sure we had internet as soon as possible. Because of this, we went to Davis weeks in advance to set up an appointment, get a modem, and have everything ready within a few days of moving in. We signed up with an online deal that got us a free modem and the first six months for $29.99 a month, but apparently they could not send a technician to flip the switch (or whatever they do to turn our service on) to connect us for a few weeks. When they finally did get our connection running, they gave us the full price deal which we spent months fighting. What is even worse is that the contractor who was supposed to disconnect the previous tenants decided to do so several weeks later after they moved out and we finally got our connection working so we needed to have a technician come activate our service again! I am posting this comment now because the roommate holding the Comcast account is moving out and I am going through quite a bit to figure out how to get the most convenient transition out of this (especially since they want to charge me a $45 installation fee for basically flipping a switch!). —hankim
2010-07-27 13:32:09 Love their internet service, hate their service-service. Also, they moved a number of HD channels from their old location in the 900s (the normal HD channels) into the late 700s/early 800s. The 800s are porn channels. So, if you want to flip through the "Guide" menu to find the regular HD channels you're looking for, you have to scan past a whole bunch of porno names. As amusing as some of the names may be, the new organization is ridiculous and likely offensive to some. —TomGarberson
I do not have their cable television service, but I think it helps people like me make up convenient excuses. "Oh no honey, I was not looking for porn, I accidentally got to this channel while looking for the sports channel." —hankim
2010-08-07 21:36:32 It takes forever to get anything fixed and you have to jump through a zillion hoops during the process. I think it took 3 weeks to get the cable fixed when it died (they didn't understand what the problem was for several hours, and then they sent the wrong stuff to fix it). The internet also has a habit of going very slowly from time to time, or cutting out (which is confirmed by calling them). If there was a comparably priced option with another company I would take it; unfortunately we can't get DSL out here (we tried). —themichelle
2010-08-24 10:02:18 Am on the 26 mbs plan currently (was formerly the 16 w/speed boost). Decided to upgrade recently but for craps and giggles decided to run a speed test this morning to see where my service was really at. The results: —
Speedtest.net says 4.7 mbs, 13.1 mbs, 6.9 mbs
Cnet speed test says 2.3 mbs, 4.7 mbs, 2.2 mbs
Bandwidth Place says 16.6 mbs, 18.6 mbs, 17.8 mbs
I tested at 10 different sites, clearing my cache, updating and cleaning my reg, even ceasing all background programs which run on the internet in the background (ie: anything with an autoupdate feature, Skype, and anything else runnign on I-Net.) before running all of them, clearing the cache in between each one. The result varied on each site between 2.2 mbs (lowest) and 18.6 mbs (highest). My overall average download speed is 10.1 mbs which is a far cry from the 26 I am paying for. Yes, I live in an Apartment complex, yes it is cable and yes they tell you up front the speeds may vary, but getting less than half of what you are paying for? Seems odd to me. Now I am wondering whether to upgrade or not. I am sure that even if it were half of the service I was paying for it will still be a 100% improvement. Just not sure if it's worth the added fees anymore. I hate you Comcast. —Wes-P
My understanding is that it varies dramatically based on time of day and usage of other people on the same node as you. A handful of people torrenting in a small area can really bog things down for everyone else. I was on the 18mbit downstream (it recently got upped), but fairly often got download rates of 22mbit+; other times, it would be as low as about 6mbit. A friend who lives in South Davis and had the same plan would regularly get 15+ in the mornings, but on weekends and after about 5pm on weekdays, he'd drop to virtually nothing. Couldn't play games, stream video or anything else. That was close to a year ago, and my impression is that they've sorted the problem out so it's at least functional at all times. But it can get pretty nasty if people in your area are hard on their connections. —TomGarberson
2010-08-31 16:08:17 I started a new account with them because the roommate who was in charge of the Comcast account was moving out and I like how they charged me ten bucks to literally press a button on a computer. Really? —hankim
could be worse, I was charged 20.00, and all I did was add cable to my internet. He literally dropped off the box and just said plug it in. We did plug it in, had to wait 3 hours before any channels appeared, had the internet die on us 6 times in less than 12 hours after he showed, and today there is still no guide information on the set. It is annoying. — Wes
2010-09-04 10:27:20 We're thinking of switching our phone service to Comcast — can anyone comment on the reliability and quality (i.e., good clear sound) of the phone service? —CovertProfessor
It's voice over IP. They give you a device that combines your phone jack with your router (or maybe with your TV too if you have that from them). The service does not go through your regular wall plugs, if I remember correctly. I think I had my base station plugged into my combo router device. So be careful to ask how many phones can be hooked up to it, and if they must be plugged in. If you lose internet service, you lose phone service as well. Comcast went down for me for under a day total out of a year (that I'm aware of), although that day was spread out at multiple times. You may note from my experiences above that my opinion of my experiences with comcast is not very high. A trip to the dentist is generally much more pleasant. —IDoNotExist
Thanks, that's helpful. We have Comcast internet now and I agree that it's pretty reliable, though not perfect (loss of a day total spread over different times of the year sounds about right). How was the sound quality? I ask because sometimes Skype sucks for us. —CovertProfessor
I don't remember having any problems with it. I really didn't use it very much though. I made almost all of my calls on my cell, and just used the comcast voice service for the occasional long meeting that would have burned my cell minutes. There were no latency issues or drops like you might get with Skype. Comcast probably dedicates a certain amount of bandwidth to, or prioritizes, voice calls in order to guarantee that you'll be able to make a call without disruptions. (Really, it's a tiny amount of data.) By the way, if you happen to have an iPhone 4, or you get one of the new iPod Touch's were just announced, you can make voice and video calls for free at very high quality (MUCH higher than a cell phone) using Facetime. But the other party has to have it too... —IDoNotExist
A really simple way to use the existing phone jacks, is just make sure the line from at&t is disconnected at the phone box outside, and plug the comcast phone jack into a wall jack. Then the other wall jacks will work, assuming they are all still connected to each other as one extension. It could be complicated though, if its not clear what is what in the phone box. If you're in an apartment this could be difficult too, but not impossible. -NickSchmalenberger
Thanks to you both! Very helpful. —CovertProfessor
2010-11-03 19:44:49 Does anyone know of any time requirements for cancelling cable service (i.e., advance notice, billing cycle, etc.)? We have been with them since before they were Comcast (12 years) and we are thinking of switching to DirectTV and would like to avoid paying for two services at the same time if we can avoid it... Thanks! —BigGuy
2011-01-04 00:07:14 Comcast failing again for the past two weeks in North West Davis :( —Col
2011-02-04 11:48:27 anyone know how well comcast internet runs in N. Davis? —max72
2011-03-26 04:23:59 If I could McVeigh all of Comcast, I would. —JoshLawson
2011-04-03 09:03:36 What's up with Comcast these days? There TV network is getting worse, I was watching UConn Vs. Kentucky and in the last 2 minutes of the game the screen went blank for 10 seconds. Luckily I'm not a die-hard college basketball fan, but still.. —NikhilDahal
2011-04-03 12:18:28 Me and all my roommates are literally (yes, i know what literally means) SICK with comcast. I just want to play my Hockey Video Game when I get home from school!!! I dont want to know some failed way to fix the fact that between 4pm and 12am on weekdays, the internet is so slow that you can't play anything, you can't even have a conversation in an XBox live Party. I'm not a computer person, I don't get why stuff can't just work... I just want to know what internet provider I can switch to that wont cost more than comcast (or at least will be close) —NoahDoss
2011-06-13 01:40:19 So I checked in on my internet plan since I wanted to make sure I could end it when I am moving to another place without any fees or something and was told I basically had a fixed rate of $29.99 a month last month. This month I get a notification from my bank telling me that I got a charge of $59.95 from Comcast. So now I go back to ask what happened and am being told that I didn't have a fixed rate and my promotional rate expired. Assholes. —hankim
2011-06-21 07:41:44 And after a weekend of hell, thanks to Comcast stating they did not have a payment I made two months ago, I called them to set up a cancellation date telling them I was switching to AT&T (had already made the appointment). Miraculously, my payment showed up in their system this morning... I hate you Comcast. —Wes-P
2011-06-21 11:22:59 I've found that threatening to cancel my account is the ONLY way to get the service I need or speak to someone who will help me efficiently and accurately. Last time I did this (I've done it twice now) was because I had been quoted one price over the phone when I made the install appt. but then was billed for a higher amount later. I called 1-800-COMCAST to resolve. All they kept telling me was how sorry they were that I was unhappy but they couldn't do anything because they were actually a call center in the Phillapines. Finally after I got fed up and said I would cancel my service, I was magically transferred to a cool lady in Sacramento who took care of everything in in less than 10 minutes. —jsbmeb
I was transferred to one of those people too. She said she would call me back but never did... foreveralone.jpg. Now I get a discounted price of $45 a month (after annoying some more people), if they actually arranged this properly, unlike the previous experiences I've had with them not giving me the proper price for months on end. —hankim
2011-08-08 13:53:21 There was a ~45 minute outage today, apparently widespread in the area (according to Comcast's automated message). —CovertProfessor
2011-08-19 10:55:33 Moving and asked them to disconnect on 8/20/2011. Idiots disconnected today. Hopefully getting reconnected will be smoother, although I doubt it from previous problems with them. —hankim
2011-08-22 08:18:31 They keep charging me for a modem that I never got since I purchased my own years ago and I keep having to call them about it. Wish they could keep better track of their records. —hankim
2011-09-04 14:09:07 Interesting factoid. If you call and go to the "change or upgrade your account" thing in the menu, they will not discount your rates. I made my usual periodic call to knock my TV/internet rates back down to a reasonable level, and the woman I reached outright said she couldn't give me a discounted rate, except for the slight decrease I'd get if I added voice to my account ($144/month down to $136/month). So I thanked her and said I'd be making inquiries into switching over to DirectTV. That's when she told me that their "loyalty department" is closed on Sundays, but before I switch I should be sure to call back during the week and select "downgrade" at the menu, because they could probably offer me a better rate.
Moral of the story: they won't help you unless you tell them you're leaving. Good to know!
As usual, if they won't knock my bill back below $100/month I'll be leaving Comcast. I'll report in with what kind of results I get. For those who're curious, by the way, DirectTV is currently offering a 210-channel package including free HD and free NFL ticket for $35/mo for the first year, bumping up to $50/mo for the second year of a 2-year contract. MUCH cheaper than the 140 or so than my current 140 or so channels on Comcast that don't include NFL and cost about $75/mo. —TomGarberson
2011-09-07 14:08:24 I love how their phone line puts you on hold for twenty minutes when they are closed and then they tell you to call back later. Seriously, they cannot have a message that tells you that they are closed? Been dealing with assholes reading off scripts for the past week and I still don't have the internets. If I ever go postal, it's going to be in a Comcast building. —hankim
2011-09-14 08:16:02 Those fuckers now make you download some shit software that basically resets your browser's home page and search engine in order to activate their service. FUCK COMCAST. —hankim
2011-09-26 20:30:34 Well UCD is back in full swing and once again Comcast has demonstrated to me they cant handle the load in terms of internet bandwidth— you blow Comcast. If it didn't take 2 minutes to get to this page (cant even log into my email account)I'd let you know by email— already did by phone and you are aware of cable and internet issues in my area... gee thanks. —RichardL
2011-09-30 21:24:48 Yep. At the beginning of every single UCD school year, Comcast users in Davis experience issues with their service. They don't seem interested in anticipating the increased usage when 15K-20K students, staff, and faculty come back after the summer and start using the internet. I guess it makes a kind of sense. Why should they spend any money on preparing for the issue ahead of time when they can just wait for the torrent of pissed off phone calls, and then invest the minimum amount of money and effort to make most of the complaints stop? —Wajinki
2011-10-03 14:34:06 Supposedly I have a bill or something that was due on the 29th of September, at least when I chatted with a representative who could see the updated bill, which I can't see online for some reason, supposedly because they haven't updated my online account yet... what is this I don't even. —hankim
2011-10-14 16:17:26 Does anyone know how to get a channel listing by network of Comcast stations? I have been searching for years. —EricWecker
2011-12-30 13:29:46 Our internet service was unavailable for much of 29 December and through the morning of 30 December. Was getting 33% packet loss in the evening, which became 60% and then completely out again through the evening until the morning of 31 December, when it was sporadically in and out. Technical support was, as usual, unhelpful. Yay, Comcast. —CovertProfessor
Phone support can only do so much when the problem's on your end. You probably just need a new computer. Good luck with it, I know once you get it straightened out you'll love Comcast!
I guess my whole neighborhood needs new computers then, too. —cp
2012-02-04 16:39:25 @CovertProfessor I had similar issues in December as well. In fact, ever since mid-December I've had strange problems where the quality of my connection changes erratically for a few hours then it cures itself for the rest of the day. It's quite frustrating. Is anyone experiencing similar issues? —KrisKalish
2012-02-10 18:54:38 Comcast is by far THE WORST company I have ever dealt with in terms of customer service and billing. Despite the fact that I signed up for the service with a real-live, physical salesman, Comcast charged me almost double what my first month's bill should have been. Despite the fact that I had a signed contract (how often can you say that these days?), it took three phone calls and a trip to the Comcast office to get them to honor the rate I signed up for. Comcast cobbles your bill together from an assortment of temporary discounts, promotional rates, and credits, all of which expire at different times and without any notice. So once or twice a year my bill unexpectedly doubles, and I have to go through a fresh round of threatening to cancel, getting the bill fixed, and signing up for some new motley assortment of discounts. The latest fiasco was a $77 service charge they slapped me with after sending a technician out to reconnect a cable one of their other technicians had accidentally disconnected while working on someone else's hookup. Seriously... $77 for a 5 minute visit to screw a cable back in. It only took an hour to get things sorted out on the phone this time though. That's my personal record! —Johnmlambert
2012-04-22 20:29:19 COmcast is the worst company to do ANY business with!! In fact my service has "hiccups" all the time!! They want to charge me $121.90!! Better Buisiness is going to get a report on them. It's very ridiculous when you supposedly get a good company, and all your service is shit!! I am going to report them to everyone I can!! BBB, Call Curtis, and as many other watch dog types I can!! This company is the biggest rip off you can ever blow any money on!! DO yourself a BIG favor and try to find a better company! —frankinDavis
2012-04-30 19:23:22 One year later, Comcast has sent a collection agency for $30 after me. My roomate and I had pixilated service for two straight months, and were getting BS answers mixed with discounts off our monthly charges. Once we had enough of about a week of nothing but pixilation, we switched to Directv. I have all emails on file, and yes, I am willing to go to court over $30. I swore their commercials claimed they are now putting customer service first, but I suppose nowadays trusting commercials is just foolish. No I do not work for Directv, but we had one day of it not working and we already have a next day appointment for them to fix it. —DCWine
2012-06-02 23:44:25 COMCAST IS HORRIBLE!!!!! I had them for a year and I kid you not, literally EVERY SINGLE bill they would try to charge me at least $50 more than what I should've been paying for a variety of bullshit charges that they'd try to sneak on my bill. I spent a whole day each month just being passed around on the phone from person to person just to get the damn charges taken off. Avoid them at all costs!!!! —SadieHutchison
2012-07-11 16:59:12 I despise Comcast. My services started in January 2012, but Comcast forgot to ship my equipment and it didn't arrive until January 30th. They still wanted to charge me for the first month... every month since then has been hell. Service outages are the least of my problems. Comcast tries to slam ridiculous charges on me regularly and it's a pain in the neck to call in, wait on hold, then get transferred around for eternity to get the charges removed. Sometimes I go through the entire process and realize nothing was taken care of, so I have to do it all over again! I spend hours dealing with Comcast every month. I cancelled service on the first of this month (which was a miserable process that took hours), and I've never been happier. I vote with my dollar and I refuse to vote for Comcast in the future unless they make some serious changes. —JaneFitzsimmons
2012-09-19 00:50:19 It has been my first year as a Davis Comcast subscriber. Speeds are decent (as expected from Comcast), much better than other internet options out there (I have a Docsis 3.0 Modem-works nicely and no rental fee). My first month was very strange. I signed up for their Blast internet and crappy digital TV (because it was cheaper than just the Blast Internet itself-I myself don't have a TV so this isn't really useful unless you want to create an Xfinity account to watch ESPN3 or something. Oh, and a digital cable box is not the same as a HD cable box) They sent out a tech to install/configure the internet (which I could have done at home with my cell phone, reading off the MAC Address) and cable box, but the tech ran out of cable boxes and told me they will send me one. The cable box arrives a week later, by then I got my first bill, which was very strange, around $115. $50 was installation, and $65 was for the internet and cable package (even though the advertised price was $39.99). I talked to my Comcast rep in Davis, who told me that I will pay for partial amount (just installation fee) and they send me a new, separate invoice for my first months service. Days go by, and I get calls on my cell from Comcast during class, threatening to cancel service if I did not pay. I called Comcast directly and they told me they will fix my bill. Another week goes by, and I get calls from debt collectors, urging me to pay. I finally get the new invoice in the mail and that bill still isn't right (about $60). I call Comcast a final third time and they told me my account shows $41.40, and they will contact the debt collectors to stop harassing and send out another invoice in the mail. Finally after a month and a half, I cleared my account and paid for installation and my first month's bill. Since then the internet has been decent, and I have been paying a constant monthly fee; no problems for a year.
Note that after one year their rates change again, depending on what contract you signed. I had $39.99 per month for an entire year which is a special deal opposed to the 6 month deal. After one year the price increased to $54.99 per month, and after two years the price will be the standard normal monthly service fee of $79.99
Comcast isn't too bad, after you dispute their charges and call them numerous times. Then they back off.
2013-02-09 12:57:09 Returned my equipment a month ago. Today some service person called saying they were coming to an apartment I no longer live in to pick up a modem that I don't have and now I have to sort all this crap out. They really need to get their shit together. Corporate office was closed so I had to go through their regular customer service, but the person I talked to was pleasant enough. —hankim