A Man Has to Sell His New House Because He Was Misled About Internet Coverage

I’m not joking in the least when I say that this story fills me with dread. For many of us, the Internet is an absolute requirement for our way of life. Most use it to stay informed and keep in touch with loved ones, while freelance writers such as myself rely on it for our income.

That’s why it’s honestly scary that a man, who wrote into the Consumerist to tell his story, was given false information by not one but two different ISPs regarding Internet capabilities of a home he was purchasing. He wanted to make sure that he would be able to get broadband Internet at his new house before he make such a substantial purchase. Both Comcast and CenturyLink told him that he would be able to, so he went ahead with the purchase, only to find out that he’d been either lied to or unintentionally misinformed, leaving him with a brand new home that he couldn’t live in because he couldn’t get Internet outside of his mobile phone.

This story takes place in Washington state, but the truth is the Internet situation in the entire US is pretty dismal. It’s a mess of money-hungry ISPs, bandwidth caps, and a never-ending battle over net nuetrality. Now we can’t even trust ISPs even when we’re trying to give them our money. The problems aren’t unique to the US, either. Look at Rob Williams, who lives in Canada. He was told by Bell that he’d be able to keep the plan he was currently on when moving to a new apartment, only to move and find out that wasn’t the case, and eventually he had to switch to Rogers.

If you’re looking to buy a new home, and you need fast, reliable Internet, make certain you do your due diligence in the matter.


via TechGage

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