Comcast Hits Man With $2,789 Fee For Moving To Area Not Served By Comcast

Comcast Hits Man With $2,789 Fee For Moving To Area Not Served By Comcast

When a Tennessee graphic designer decided to move an hour away, Comcast originally told him that he could move his business-class service and even set up an appointment for installation. But when the Comcast installer never showed up, the company finally told the man that (A) his new address wasn’t served by Comcast and (B) he owes the company nearly $3,000 in early termination fees. [More]

Woman Sent To Jail For Failing To Mow Lawn

Woman Sent To Jail For Failing To Mow Lawn

If you’ve ever looked a lawn that needed trimming and said to yourself, “I’ll get around to it. What are they gonna do, arrest me?” this story of a woman in Tennessee might have you dusting off the mower and hedge clippers. [More]

Comcast Sat By As ID Thieves Set Up Multiple Accounts, Ran Up Thousands In Charges

Comcast Sat By As ID Thieves Set Up Multiple Accounts, Ran Up Thousands In Charges

A local news report in Nashville about a local man whose ID was stolen and used to open up two bogus Comcast accounts hundreds of miles away in Louisiana has uncovered numerous additional complaints from consumers in the area who say they have also been sent to collections for fake Comcast accounts opened in the same city. [More]

How ISPs “Compete” With Municipal Networks: Lobbying and Campaign Donations That Block Them

How ISPs “Compete” With Municipal Networks: Lobbying and Campaign Donations That Block Them

Say you’re mayor of a small city. Your city is small enough and far enough away from other cities that the big cable companies don’t want to spend what it would cost to run wires through your town, because the amount they will make in return isn’t worth it. That’s reasonable, from a business perspective. So you and the residents of your city get together and come up with a plan to make a public broadband utility instead. Makes sense, right? You’d happily pay someone else to do it for you, but since they don’t want to take your money you’ll do it yourself. Only — surprise! In come those self-same cable companies to block you from doing that, too, and they get your state’s legislature and governor to pass a law against you for good measure, so you can never try again. [More]

Now You Can Tell The FCC What You Think About Bans On Municipal Broadband

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Last week, a pair of city-operated utility companies petitioned the FCC, daring Commission Chair Tom Wheeler to make good on his promises to overturn ridiculous, industry-backed state laws that ban or severely limit municipal broadband. The FCC has opened the issue up for public comment, so it’s time to make your opinion heard. [More]

The city of Chattanooga wants to be able to offer its city-owned broadband service to surrounding towns, but Tennessee law prohibits it. (photo: ash)

FCC Chair Now Has Two Chances To Overturn Bans On Municipal Broadband

Thanks to deep-pocketed telecom lobbyists, 20 states in the U.S. have laws that either ban or heavily restrict local governments from creating or investing in public broadband networks, and more states are trying to jump on that ban-wagon. For months, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has been saying that his agency could use its authority to preempt these anticonsumer laws and give municipalities the ability to invest in Internet infrastructure if they want. Now it’s time for Wheeler to put up or shut up, as the FCC ponders petitions from groups in two states. [More]

Tennessee Becomes First State To Offer Free Tuition To All Graduating High School Students

Tennessee Becomes First State To Offer Free Tuition To All Graduating High School Students

Earlier today, Consumerist reported on a town in Michigan that is footing the bill for recent high school graduates to attend public universities and community colleges. Little did we know that was small potatoes compared to a program brewing in Tennessee. [More]

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Tenn. Official Warns Residents That Water Quality Complaints Could Be Seen As Terrorism

Taking a page straight out of the book Things You Should Not Compare To Terrorism, Especially While You’re Being Recorded, a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director is under fire after warning a group of residents from one county that any unfounded complaints they made about water quality in their area could be considered “an act of terrorism.” [More]

Nashville-area Comcast subscribers have twice found their TVs locked on C-SPAN.

Comcast Locks Customers’ Screens On C-SPAN In Middle Of Basketball Game

Comcast customers in the Nashville area were watching college basketball this weekend when the broadcast was interrupted by emergency alerts about coming storms. Problem is, when the alert was over, the basketball game had been replaced by C-SPAN and customers were unable to change the channel. [More]

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Amazon E-Mailing Tennessee Residents To Remind Them Of Sales Tax Obligation [UPDATE: South Carolina Too]

Even if your state doesn’t require Amazon to collect sales tax on purchases, you’re still supposed to be paying any applicable tax to the state when you file your annual tax returns. Virtually no one does. That’s why Amazon is e-mailing customers in Tennessee to remind them of their obligation. [More]

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Fast food jobs have been the butt of easy jokes since the first person asked if you’d like fries with that. But the volks at Volkswagen say that people who’ve worked behind the counter at McDonald’s are ideal for staffing the assembly lines at the company’s plant in Tennessee. [More]

Man Arrested For Passing Not-Counterfeit $50 Bill

Man Arrested For Passing Not-Counterfeit $50 Bill

If you’ve ever been stuck having to buy something with a $50 or $100 bill in the last decade, you have probably had to stand there while a store clerk performs the marker test to see if the note is legitimate. Unfortunately, that test doesn’t work on older bills, and that’s how a Tennessee man ended up in jail over the weekend. [More]

Firefighters Watch Another House Burn To The Ground Because Of Unpaid $75 Fee

Firefighters Watch Another House Burn To The Ground Because Of Unpaid $75 Fee

In October 2010, firefighters in South Fulton, TN, were criticized all across the country after they refused to put out a fire because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 “fire subscription fee” to the city. If you thought such public scrutiny might have changed that policy, think again. [More]

Tennessee Judge Deems Urban Garden A "Nuisance"

Tennessee Judge Deems Urban Garden A "Nuisance"

For two years, a Tennessee high school teacher and a group of three neighborhood teens have been crafting and tending to a garden full of flowers and other vegetation like eggplants and peppers. But now it’s all going to have to come down after a judge has deemed the garden a “nuisance.” [More]

Cheerwine-Filled Krispy Kremes Are Back, Tennessee Can Bite In Too

Cheerwine-Filled Krispy Kremes Are Back, Tennessee Can Bite In Too

The lovechild of a bottle of Cheerwine soda and a Krispy Kreme doughnut is back for seconds. It’s the Cheerwine-filled Krispy Kreme! The doughnut maker has brought back these two classic Carolina flavors that were such a hit last year for a one-monthly only run starting in July. And this year they’ve expanded the deploy zone to also include Tennessee. [More]

Tennessee Bans Posting Of Pics That Cause Emotional Distress

Tennessee Bans Posting Of Pics That Cause Emotional Distress

It’s a good thing for the internet that Tennessee lawmakers are around to learn it how to behave. After lawmakers threw down a regulation barring people from sharing passwords for services such as Netflix, the state made famous by Arrested Development (the band, not the show) has created a law that bans the posting of images that cause emotional distress. [More]

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

If you’ve ever let a friend or family member know your password for subscription services like Netflix or Rhapsody so they can watch a movie or listen to a song, we hope you don’t live in Tennessee, where state legislators have passed a bill making it a crime. [More]

Kroger Security Guard Shoots Homeless Man's Dog

Kroger Security Guard Shoots Homeless Man's Dog

A Nashville-area Kroger security guard got into a scuffle with a homeless man he says was stealing firewood and then shot and killed the man’s dog. [More]