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Contributor JAWZ
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You can thank the FCC for this. Years ago, the FCC chose how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would deliver internet service to customers. They (the FCC) essentially decided to re-create the "old Bell System" style of service. If you go back in time, American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) built a "single provider" service model also known as The Bell System. (Can you say, "monoploy?") It was a "closed system" and you could only get telephone service from AT&T and their wholly owned regional subsidery companies (Northwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, etc.) The regional comnpanies had exclusive access to the AT&T Bell System. Even as a customer, at one point you were prohibited from adding a phone device in your home. (For instance, if you had a phone in your kitchen, you had to pay to have a phone installed in your bedroom.)

 

In 1982, the Justice Department decreed that AT&T had to relinquish control of the Bell System and allow other companies access. This led to the rise of new "carriers" like MCI and Sprint. Now, phone customers were allowed to choose their phone carrier and get service at a competive price, using the same system that had once been the propritary property of AT&T.

 

Now, wouldn't be nice if you had that choice for ISPs? Unfortunately for those of us in the USA, you have to lock in to an agreement with a propritary provider. While most of the rest of the world, gets to choose their ISP based on price and service level. They all have equal access to the entire infrastructure and can offer competive pricing and levels of service.

 

So, at you next opportunity, send a "thank you" card to the FCC for screwing the American consumer.

Copper Contributor uncle1mike
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Message 1962 of 1,972
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What does this have to do with the Weather Channel? If you want the Weather Channel, leave Fios and go to the provider you previously had. The Weather Channel will never return to Fios.

Copper Contributor Dan_Miller
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Message 1963 of 1,972
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@JAWZ wrote:

You can thank the FCC for this. Years ago, the FCC chose how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would deliver internet service to customers. They (the FCC) essentially decided to re-create the "old Bell System" style of service. If you go back in time, American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) built a "single provider" service model also known as The Bell System. (Can you say, "monoploy?") It was a "closed system" and you could only get telephone service from AT&T and their wholly owned regional subsidery companies (Northwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, etc.) The regional comnpanies had exclusive access to the AT&T Bell System. Even as a customer, at one point you were prohibited from adding a phone device in your home. (For instance, if you had a phone in your kitchen, you had to pay to have a phone installed in your bedroom.)

 

In 1982, the Justice Department decreed that AT&T had to relinquish control of the Bell System and allow other companies access. This led to the rise of new "carriers" like MCI and Sprint. Now, phone customers were allowed to choose their phone carrier and get service at a competive price, using the same system that had once been the propritary property of AT&T.

 

Now, wouldn't be nice if you had that choice for ISPs? Unfortunately for those of us in the USA, you have to lock in to an agreement with a propritary provider. While most of the rest of the world, gets to choose their ISP based on price and service level. They all have equal access to the entire infrastructure and can offer competive pricing and levels of service.

 

So, at you next opportunity, send a "thank you" card to the FCC for screwing the American consumer.


Huh? This has to do with The Weather Channel how? 

Contributor David18
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Message 1964 of 1,972
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Verizon used to carry the Weather Channel.  It's a great channel with lot's of different topics not just some weatherman droning on about the weather.  I would like to see it returned to Fios.

Contributor PhillyBoy
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Message 1965 of 1,972
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Sorry but Accu Weather is NOT anywhere near as good as the Weather Channel...not even close.  I will probably go back to Comcast soon because of this and I just switched to Verizon.  Like I've read in this thread, some of us get up and turn on the Weather Channel first thing...Verizon...stop being stubborn and save $$ somewhere else or you'll lose again and again to Comcast.

Contributor rolou21
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Message 1966 of 1,972
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It was just announced from Facebook The Weather Channel is returning back to Fios starting next week June 24....

Contributor rolou21
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Message 1967 of 1,972
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Channel not announced yet. Maybe near Accuweather CH. 619?

Copper Contributor weatherHD
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Message 1968 of 1,972
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Channel 611 - so happy to see The Weather Channel returning to the lineup!!  Thank you Verizon for listening!!!  I will be watching on Monday!

Copper Contributor mbrkelley
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Message 1969 of 1,972
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Where did you get this info?  Can’t find anything about this on Verizon’s web site. 

Copper Contributor weatherHD
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It was announced by The Weather Channel on Facebook.

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