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If Someone From “Comcast” Requires You To Pay With A Prepaid Cash Card, It’s A Scam

You get a call from Comcast and the person on the other end says you can lock in a decent rate for the next year if you pay for the first six months’ worth of service up front. It sounds a bit odd, but you’re always looking to save a few bucks, so you keep listening. The caller then tells you that the only way to pay that money is to put it on a prepaid cash card. This is when you hang up because the caller is probably trying to run a scam on you. [More]

AirBnB Employee Handles A Sexy Photo Situation In The Very Best Way

AirBnB Employee Handles A Sexy Photo Situation In The Very Best Way

When you can’t get what you want from a company, there are many bad ways a customer service representative can respond. Ahem. But in a bit of refreshing news, one Airbnb employee recently showed just how good customer service can be, even while having to reject that customer. Warning: before you keep clicking: Two attractive men in a shower. No genitalia shown, but NSFW. [More]

(Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie)

Face It: The Ability To Stream Any Episode Of ‘The Simpsons’ Means Your Productivity Is Shot

You might’ve already scheduled a vacation starting Aug. 21, when FXX will air all 522 episodes of The Simpsons during its 11-day marathon, but if you wait until October, all those episodes will be available online, on demand. [More]

(Allan)

FCC Reminds Internet Providers & Wireless Companies To Follow Transparency Rules… Or Else

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court gutted the part of the 2010 Open Internet Rules dealing with so-called net neutrality. What this decision didn’t affect are the rules requiring that providers of broadband Internet access services disclose accurate information about their service offerings to the public. And so today, the FCC is sending out a reminder to ISPs (both fixed and mobile) that they need to follow the transparency guidelines or face the possibility of penalties. [More]

Comcast Solves Customer Service Issue, Keeps Calling To Solve It

Comcast Solves Customer Service Issue, Keeps Calling To Solve It

Hey, remember reader Karen, who had trouble convincing Comcast that they had somehow locked her out of all online access to her accounts? She spent more than two weeks fighting her own one-woman Battle of Kabletown, finally getting the attention of the ComcastCares team with Consumerist’s help. It looked like everything worked out for her. It did…except for how Comcast continued to call her about her open “trouble ticket” for days. [More]

FiOS Goes Symmetrical: Verizon To Offer Same Upload, Download Speeds

FiOS Goes Symmetrical: Verizon To Offer Same Upload, Download Speeds

FiOS users who get annoyed over how long it takes to upload your stuff to YouTube, rejoice! Verizon announced today that they’re upping their upload speeds to match their download speeds. It’ll take a few months, but eventually subscribers will be able to put stuff on the internet at the same speed they pull stuff down from the internet. [More]

Comcast Memo: Rep From “Painful” Retention Call Was Doing “What We Trained Him To Do”

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A week after the posting of the neediest customer-retention call in Comcast history, the fallout continues, with the company’s Chief Operating Officer telling Comcast employees in a memo leaked to Consumerist that the incident was “painful to listen to,” but that the rep “did a lot of what we trained him…to do.” [More]

Kate Cox

From AT&T To Verizon: What The Web’s Biggest Players Told The FCC About Net Neutrality

The FCC originally planned to stop taking comments about their net neutrality proposal on Tuesday. But after demand overwhelmed and crashed their antique IT system, they extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. (EDT) tonight. As of yesterday, well over one million comments had been entered, and that number’s still going up. Clearly, the public cares — but what is the public saying? [More]

(Steve Rhodes)

Comcast Locks You Out Of Your E-Mail Accounts, Shrugs

It all began when Karen paid her Comcast bill online. Maybe that’s what caused her issue, or maybe it wasn’t–all she knows is that when she tried to log in to her account after the payment posted, she got kicked back to the login screen. That’s how two weeks of what she called “Xfinity Hades” began. [More]

Confessions Of A Comcast Video Repair Agent

(Steve Garfield)

In the wake of that embarrassingly desperate Comcast customer retention call, and statements from current and former Comcast workers who claim that such behavior is par for the course, one of the company’s video repair agents has sent us some inside information about what it’s like behind the scenes at Kabletown. [More]

Senator Challenges Comcast, AT&T Execs On Opposition To Municipal Broadband

Senator Challenges Comcast, AT&T Execs On Opposition To Municipal Broadband

The Senate Commerce Committee held hearing today on broadband competition, media consolidation, and the future of online video transmission. Among the witnesses were Comcast exec David L. Cohen and AT&T bigwig John T. Stankey. During the hearing, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey directly asked the two about competition from municipal broadband providers. [More]

Comcast Employees Say Needy Retention Call Is Totally Normal

(Consumerist's own Chris Morran)

While we all spent yesterday shaking heads and commiserating with Comcast customer Ryan Block in his exhausting effort to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service, it’s always good to stop and remember that there are actual humans on the other end of that line, people who are hired to do a job. And in the case of call center workers, we’ve heard from many past and current Comcast employees who say that type of effort might’ve been a bit much, but it all comes down to meeting quotas. [More]

(Caleb Kerr)

Comcast Is “Very Embarrassed” By That Clingy Customer Service Phone Call

Now that everyone has heard just how clingy a Comcast customer service representative can be when demanding an explanation for a breakup, you might be wondering how Comcast is feeling. The answer is, pretty darn ridiculous. [More]

3 Scams Targeted At Hotel Guests

3 Scams Targeted At Hotel Guests

Between all the fees and add-on charges that can come with a hotel reservation, just booking a room for the night can make you feel like you’ve been taken for a ride. But even when the hotel isn’t trying to nickel-and-dime you, there are scammers out there ready to steal your money by preying on common assumptions made by hotel guests. [More]

Today’s Your Last Chance: FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow

Today’s Your Last Chance: FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow

The FCC’s public comment period on their proposed net neutrality rule — the one with the fast lanes, that everyone, even Congress, thinks is a terrible idea — is running out. The deadline is tomorrow, July 15. For anyone who hasn’t yet left a comment but keeps thinking it, now’s the time. [More]

Verizon, Netflix Stepping Up Battle To Blame Each Other For Poor Streaming Service

Verizon, Netflix Stepping Up Battle To Blame Each Other For Poor Streaming Service

The heat of high summer is a great time to stay inside and marathon a million hours of TV. But for some Netflix customers who use Verizon as their ISP, the summer streaming season is a slow and choppy dud. Even though the two companies came to a paid peering arrangement earlier this year, service is still going from bad to worse. Netflix blames Verizon, Verizon blames Netflix, and while service is still cooling down, their very public fight is heating up. [More]

You Have Until August 25 To Tell The FCC Your Thoughts About The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

You Have Until August 25 To Tell The FCC Your Thoughts About The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

It’s been five months since Comcast and Time Warner Cable first announced their intention to merge, but the regulatory gauntlet they need to get through first is just now ramping up. Earlier this week, the FCC announced the team doing the review, and now they’ve announced their timeline for taking comments on the matter. [More]