Suddenlink Has Turned to the Dark Side

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

So. Suddenlink has turned from a pretty good company once upon a time (and a number of name changes/mergers ago) to an evil one today. I got back from a work trip to find a nice little note from them. They are implementing Internet usage caps.

The argument that such companies use, that their caps are so much higher than typical usage, is — pardon the expression — bullsh*t. Unless they guarantee their caps will rise at the same rate (percentage-wise) as typical usage, then it’s both a trap to eventually squeeze more out of consumers and an anti-competitive action. (Hmmm. I wonder if the anti-trust laws apply.)

Why? Pretty simple, actually. First, it’s a trap because video (Netflix Instant, Amazon Prime library, and Hulu Plus are three good current examples) consumes a lot of bandwidth. HD video consumes even more. And where is video increasingly moving? To the Internet. So your usage may look like it’s currently well under those caps. But give it a couple of years. It won’t be any more. I can guarantee that your bandwidth usage is much more today than it was three years ago. And work from home much? That’s also going to significantly increase your usage. Right now, even on a heavy usage month, our home doesn’t reach even their lowest cap. But I know how rapidly usage grows as the Internet grows and offers ever more.

Second, it’s anti-competitive because Suddenlink’s phone and cable service isn’t counted against those usage caps. If their customers choose to use nothing but Suddenlink services, they get effectively unlimited, uncapped usage. It’s only when they use competing products over their Suddenlink Internet connection that those other services are capped.

Of course, I have the misfortune of being represented by Michael McCaul, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and John Cornyn. They are little more than corporate shills, lock, stock, and barrel. They have absolutely no interest in enforcing such things as anti-trust laws and protecting the interests of those they represent. It’s sad, but there aren’t very many in Congress anymore interested in actually representing and protecting the interests of the common American. It’s as bad now as it was during the Gilded Age, and it might even be worse.

I’ve long been a faithful Sprint customer, through their ups and downs, and I will remain so at least as long as they can hold out against the pressure and continue to offer unlimited data access with their premium cell phone data service.

As far as Suddenlink goes, though, I’m no longer a faithful customer. Instead I’m a trapped customer looking for the first opportunity to escape. AT&T (the old Southwestern Bell) is even more evil and is currently my only viable alternative. But the moment I have another option? I’m bailing on Suddenlink. They are ‘on notice’ as far as I’m concerned. You want to be an evil company? Fine. But don’t expect your captive audience to stick with you any longer than it takes for technology to give us an out. I’m only your customer because Southwestern  Bell (SBC, AT&T) was the original evil empire in your sphere. I abandoned them as soon as it was possible to get all my services elsewhere. You, Suddenlink, were the eventual beneficiary. But I’ll happily do the same to you.

It might take 3-5 years, but in the not too distant future, I’ll have other choices. And I’ll remember this action. I will ditch you. And I will never return. And I will tell everyone I know to avoid your service if they have any alternative. The real thing you’ve accomplished with this move? You’ve turned at least one formerly loyal customer into an enemy who considers every month he has to write you a check another month of indentured servanthood.

Way to go.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – January Edition

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – January Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I decided to cheat again like I sometimes do and offer two posts. Honestly, once I narrowed it down to these two, I couldn’t decide between them.

The first is A Christian nation?

The second is Hail Mary.

If you enjoy the second one, I invite you to read more of the series.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – December Edition

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | 1 Comment »

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I shared my post Spanking Kids. It’s actually a post that essentially captures comments I made on one of EE’s post that I wanted to preserve with just a bit of additional commentary.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – October Edition

Posted: November 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – October Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I shared my 10-22 Weekend Update. I didn’t post anything beyond those this past month. It’s been a busy month.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – September Edition

Posted: October 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | 1 Comment »

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I shared my 9/11 reflections written on 9/13. I thought then we were a better people and a better nation than it turns out we actually are.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – July and August Edition

Posted: September 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – July and August Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, we’re supposed to post our favorite posts from both July and August. July was a light blogging month for me. Business travel and generally hectic month at work (which won’t let up until December or so). Wife and daughter in Ireland. Getting son ready for sophomore year of college. So I picked my Weekend Update for July 2nd. Among other things, it includes the first “official” music video by my cousin-in-law’s band, Explosions in the Sky. And the next day Michael and a bunch of other family were over at our house for a cookout and get together. Fun times! Without a doubt, Let’s end the culture that views children as less than fully human, was my most heart-felt August post. But take a moment to read Neither Do I Condemn You as well. (I know. I cheated. Sue me.)


Saturday Evening Blog Post – June Edition

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – June Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I posted a link to my post-mortem on health care, American-style.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – May Edition

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – May Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I cheated and posted a link to an April post. But you still read and even contribute to the list.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – April Edition

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | Comments Off on Saturday Evening Blog Post – April Edition

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I decided to share my April post, Free Will and the American Dream. It’s long and meandering, but you might find something interesting in it. Consider sharing a post of your own at the Saturday Evening Blog Post if you don’t already participate.


Saturday Evening Blog Post – March Edition

Posted: April 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Misc | 2 Comments »

In this month’s edition of the Saturday Evening Blog Post, hosted by Elizabeth Esther, I decided to share my post from early March, Once Saved, Always Saved Deconstructed. It seemed that at least some people found it interesting or helpful. I actually had several other posts I enjoyed writing in March. It was something of a toss-up selecting the one above. If you’re reading this, I’ll go ahead and share my alternative choices as well.

The first is a personal reflection revolving around some Beatles songs, She’s Leaving Home – A Reflection on Life.

Finally, I wrote two posts spurred by all the controversy by Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins. They are somewhat tangential and aren’t actually reviews of the book. My mind often runs off on a tangent. The first, Love Wins, is a reflection built around a number of quotes from various Eastern Christian Church Fathers. The second, Heterodox?, is a reflection on the fundamental nature of Protestantism.