Joined: 20 May 2003
Location: Sonora, CA
Comcast now available
Comcast Xfinity Service is now available in the Cedar Ridge area. Xfinity offers Digital TV, VOP phone and Internet service.
While their website is one way to sign up, I used one of the local (temporary) setup tables at Walmart. These tables have seem different deals than the website.
We have Directv as our TV provider and ATT provides our phone service. I heard that the Comcast system does not operate when the power is out. If you have a generator you will be able to keep your home equipment up, but the system itself will be down. I asked the installer, but he couldn't give me an answer as to whether Comcast has battery backup on their equipment. He did say that your local phone modem would have battery backup. The modem he installed does not. But all of this says nothing about the system itself. I'll just have to wait and see when the next outage occurs.
I purchased cheapest internet only service since we use Directv and AT&T. This package is $28.99 a month for the first 6 months and then goes to $44.99. It runs at 25 MB up and 4.0 MB down. This is BIG time faster than Wildblue at $79.95 and there is no monthly bandwidth limitation. Not to mention $25.00 a month cheaper. The installer said that the modem has a lease fee of another $7.00 a month. I hear that one can purchase an equilivant modem for less than $100. I'll give the service a couple of months before purchasing my own modem.
Directv service is much better than Comcasts Xfinity and cheaper for the service level we use, so we'll stay with them for now. AT&T is about the same price, once you get past the introductory offers.
So far I'm loving the speed of my internet Comcast connection with unlimited bandwidth.