it does seem the "high speed" dsl, that you'd get from the phone company is cheaper than Comcast.
and it's funny, now comcast has a "deal' where it's $30 a month, for each service... phone, internet & TV.
Well, that is a heck of a lot cheaper than i'm paying [oh, this may only be in the Chicago area, not sure] but I'm sure int eh fine print, it will say, "new customers only"
In our area AT&T is offering TV, Internet and Phone -- it's less than the cable company ... but i do not recall the prices off hand.
We've used Comcast for our cable tv and Internet for the past eight years.
The service has been excellent but each time we see one of those bargains
for "first three months for new customers only" we get a bit ruffled. ;-)
Qwest is the phone provider here and although they too offer deals
for Internet, our landline phone service has not been the best
and I wouldn't use them for that reason.
my DH despises AT&T, so after decades of being charged for services we never used, and they said we had to pay for anyways... we went to comcast phone in August... so far so good. IT's been working flawlessly ... with the exception of when we got 9" of rain and cable went out... we lost our phone service too, and internet for a few hours. [DH and I were out of town anyways] and the oldest son has a cell... so at least there was communication.
But... we will stick with "cable" for phone til the kids are gone... then we will most likely get rid of a landline phone.
but -- currently for the 3 of them combined, our bill is roughly $129 ... i think cable went up again... funny how that works.
I'm happy with AT&T high speed--they've got a couple different prices depending on how fast of a connection you want so you can save a little money by getting a slower speed. I pay about $90 a month for satellite TV (they partnered with Dish Network for that part) plus phone service plus high speed internet (I could have saved $10 a month or so by going with a slower speed).
I switched from cable (TV & internet) years (10?) ago due to poor service. The funny thing is AT&T bought out the cable company (probably 8 years ago) and while service was already bad, it got worse. So I switched to DirecTV DSL and Dish Network. DirecTV got out of the internet business so I switched to BellSouth and now AT&T bought out BellSouth (last year).
ComCast bought out the cable business from AT&T a couple of years after AT&T bought out whatever the company was beforehand but I still have the bad taste in my mouth from the poor service of cable (even though Dish Network has its own problems). So far AT&T has not screwed up the DSL and phone service. TV service is like being between a rock and a hard place though.
I just got my total bill the other day... with taxes and crap... 132.00
basic cable 57.99 [went up about $5 this year] I mean , basic... no box, nothing.
internet 45.95 [went up around $3 this year]
taxes, surcharges, fees 3.61
Years ago, when we moved in, cable was not available... so we had DirecTv, costs were about the same, service wasn't as good. If we had an outage, it was our fault ... whatever...
It also seems all these companies [dish and cable] offer these LOW rates, but it's only to new customers while they raise the rates, not telling us, to current customers... I dont think there is a way to get 'cheap' TV anymore... It's such a crock.
The package I have with AT&T was a partnership with Dish Network, so that's who my satellite service really is. Now AT&T has put in fiber optic lines in my neighborhood and has their own TV service that they're trying to get people to switch to--price seems about the same as what I'm paying now but I'm not sure what the pros/cons are of the fiber optic cable service so I haven't decided if I'm going to switch or not.
My dish service is actually pretty good--if we have a nasty windstorm it'll go out for a little while but it's pretty windy here and I don't have too many problems. I guess it helps that we only get ~15 inches of rain a year, so rainstorms are a pretty infrequent event and only happen during a few months out of the year. I agree that the fiber optic is probably better, the things that make me hesitate are that AT&T is just getting this service started so they probably haven't worked out the bugs yet, and secondly I have a lot of movies that I like saved on my DVR and I'll lose all of those--the fiber optic service comes with a DVR as well but I doubt if there's a way to transfer the movies from the old one to the new one.
I don't know if you can it other places, but we have wireless internet here. The company is Alltel. Also cell phones are through them. It's cheaper with a package. My internet is $34.95 month. Never off line. Very high speed.