Frontier Takes Over Our Internet Service, Slows It Waaaaay Down

Frontier Takes Over Our Internet Service, Slows It Waaaaay Down

As Verizon builds their FiOS network, they’ve sold off their landline and DSL business in many markets to Frontier. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it has been for Nick and other former Verizon customers in his town in West Virginia. Their connection speed fell to one-sixth of what it was with Verizon. The speed has improved recently, but they’ve traded consistent slowness for intermittent outages. Nick can now stay online for about two minutes at a time. [More]

AT&T: Where Seven Months Equals Two Years

AT&T: Where Seven Months Equals Two Years

AT&T is a powerful company, but we didn’t know that they were powerful enough to interfere with the passage of time. Yet they are! They used their magic to take Mark’s seven-month-old DSL modem, and transform it into a 2-year-old DSL modem. [More]

Test If Your ISP Is Shaping Your Download Speed

Test If Your ISP Is Shaping Your Download Speed

Ever have one of those days where you’re browsing along, everything is cool, but then it seems like whenever you try to watch YouTube or download, your speed suddenly plummets? Your ISP could be “shaping” your traffic, intentionally throttling your rates for certain kind of media. To test it out, you can try running this Glasnost test. [More]

AT&T Thinks 0 Kbps Counts As DSL Service

AT&T Thinks 0 Kbps Counts As DSL Service

AT&T wants to charge Derek a $100 early termination fee even though the DSL they’re giving barely even works. His downtime is almost 12 hours a day, and on the rare occasions it does work, it’s only 100kbps. It’s like watching taffy grill on a Georgia sidewalk. AT&T says they’ve lived up to their part of the bargain, with one customer service rep telling him, “If AT&T were to provide a constant speed of 0 Kbps this still qualifies as service within our contract,” and so now he must pay his contractually stipulated ETF. Also, he must have imagined that a technician came and visited his house. [More]

My AT&T DSL Nightmare Began On Friday The 13th

My AT&T DSL Nightmare Began On Friday The 13th

Koji would like to sign up for AT&T DSL. However, some evil force at AT&T doesn’t want him as a customer, and keeps sneaking into the computer system to cancel his account activation and otherwise destroy any hope that he might have of DSL. Why is this happening? No one at AT&T knows. [More]

Verizon EECB Fixes DSL Price Glitches, Nets 2 Months Of Credit

Verizon EECB Fixes DSL Price Glitches, Nets 2 Months Of Credit

Joshua, who struggled with Verizon’s flaky DSL service and pricing shenanigans, launched an Executive E-mail Carpet Bomb just after he notified us of the problem. And by the time we posted his story the company had already swooped in and taken care of him. [More]

Verizon Kept Giving Me Worse DSL Service, Charging Me More

Verizon Kept Giving Me Worse DSL Service, Charging Me More

Joshua signed up for what seemed like a solid introductory deal for Verizon DSL, but the service was poor and the more he called for suggestions on how to fix it, the worse and deal he got. Verizon kept extending his contract while downgrading his service, insisting there was nothing else it could do to help him out. [More]

Why Won't Verizon Show Me My DSL Bill?

Why Won't Verizon Show Me My DSL Bill?

Consumerist reader David recently made the switch from Comcast internet to Verizon DSL because he figured if he was going to get slow web access, he might as well pay less for it. David also works for a company that will reimburse him for a portion of his internet cost, so long as he provides them with a copy of his bill. One catch — Verizon doesn’t seem to want to show him his bill. [More]

Join The Class Action Against AT&T's Slothly DSL Speeds

Join The Class Action Against AT&T's Slothly DSL Speeds

A class action has been filed against AT&T DSL for being too slow. Specifically, the suit alleges that AT&T set the maximum rate customers could get at a level that was lower than the advertised rate. The company denies these claims but has opted to settle instead of going to court. You’re eligible to join if… [More]

Why Won't AT&T Cancel My Account?

Why Won't AT&T Cancel My Account?

Usually, when customers try to change an Internet service provider, the ISP will do things like discount the rate or offer some benefit in an attempt to retain your business. But that’s not what’s happening to Consumerist reader Addie; AT&T loves her so much, they’ve continued to bill her for six months for a service she doesn’t even have. [More]

Verizon Customer's DSL Upgraded, House Still Not On Fire

Verizon Customer's DSL Upgraded, House Still Not On Fire

Remember Michael? When he tried to upgrade his Verizon DSL, a customer service rep helpfully told him that 7 mbps was not only unavailable at his address, but it would burn his house down. After this slightly surreal exchange was featured on Consumerist, Michael reports that Verizon’s executive customer service got in touch with him and figured out the situation. Guess what? He could get the blazing fast DSL that Verizon had repeatedly refused him. [More]

AT&T Took Me Offline For Nearly A Week When I Upgraded Internet Service

AT&T Took Me Offline For Nearly A Week When I Upgraded Internet Service

Since you’re reading this on Christmas Day, there’s a reasonable chance you’d agree that losing internet access for a week is tantamount to going without food or showering. [More]

Verizon CSR: Faster DSL Will Burn Your House Down

Verizon CSR: Faster DSL Will Burn Your House Down

Update: Reader’s DSL Upgraded, House Still Not On Fire

Michael would like some faster Internet tubes to run into his house. He would be happy to give his ISP, Verizon DSL, money to provide this service, but he can’t. He writes that repeated calls to Verizon’s sales line resulted in a series of answers that disagreed with each other, culminating in a call where the rep quite sincerely informed him that Verizon cannot give him faster DSL because it will burn his house down.

Verizon Won't Give Elderly Couple Their $600 Back

Verizon Won't Give Elderly Couple Their $600 Back

Bonnie’s elderly parents switched from Verizon dial-up to Verizon DSL, but Verizon didn’t turn off their dial-up account when switching them to DSL. They somehow failed to notice when they continued to be charged for dialup. For two years.

AT&T DSL Customer Sold Wrong Series Of Tubes

AT&T DSL Customer Sold Wrong Series Of Tubes

Richard is annoyed at AT&T. Due to what we will optimistically call a mixup, he didn’t exactly get the DSL service he ordered and was paying for. While he has straightened things out with the company, he wants to keep other customers in his area from having the same experience.

Try To Get DSL From AT&T, They Dare You

Try To Get DSL From AT&T, They Dare You

The person who blogs at MichiganTelephone just tried to help his friend sign up for DSL from AT&T last week. Their experience was so full of fail that now his friend doesn’t even want to bother trying anymore. Yes, a customer came to AT&T ready to sign up, and AT&T drove him away. Michigan telephone wonders, “Does AT&T have a death wish, or are they really just that incompetent?”

Verizon Offering $20 Naked DSL

Verizon Offering $20 Naked DSL

Verizon is sad that so many of you are jumping ship, so they’re hauling out the bargain naked DSL offer again. (“Naked” means no home phone line is required to take advantage of it.) The deal is $20/mo with a 1 year commitment, and they’re throwing in a free router—although DSLReports says a Verizon rep told them the router freebie will go away at some point. Also, it’s available online only.