Just so’s y’all know

Hey-remember-when-youIf Comcast starts charging us more than I think is right (wait they already do that… if they start charging even more than I think is right…) for our internet usage.  For example, if they start nickel and diming us to use Youtube, WordPress, &c… I will totally stop using the internet. Just like I stopped watching television, because fuck that noise. I don’t want to, but I will.  Doug needs the internet for his job, so we’ll still have basic internet services, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna pay through the nose for anything “extra”. I’ve lived without the internet for most of my life, and I can do so again.  It is, in the end, a luxury, not a necessity. And it is a luxury I can do without.  Sometimes these companies need to be reminded of that. I will totally pull the internet plug (or cable in this case) on all of my computers and never go on the internet again if this is how they’re going to treat the people they’re supposed to be serving. Screw that. Just, seriously, screw that.

angry woman shooting computer1Anyway, I just kinda wanted to put that out there. I don’t have a lot of clout, but I have one voice. And sometimes, a person has to vote with their wallet. My tiny withdrawal of funds may not be much, but every little bit counts, right? I’m perfectly content to watch DVD’s, read, and knit for the rest of my life if that is what’s available to me. And trust me, I know that’s more than what’s available to many in this world.  Anyway, I have a whole library of books just waiting for me to read them, which I’ve put off for quite a while actually in lieu of internet, Youtube videos, and video games.  Also, while I prefer video games on the computer, I can totally play them on console. I don’t need the internet to play them; I just prefer the PC games (which require an internet connection). But I’m flexible. I can read instead of watch videos. And I can knit and/or crochet until the cows come home.  I have dozens and dozens of books with patterns if I grow bored of doing my own. Seriously, while looking up crafting patterns is a fun time sink, I don’t need to. And while I do enjoy writing this blog and interacting with my fellow bloggers, I’m not going to pay the extortion fees to keep doing it. Sorry. There are way more things for me to do, and they won’t cost nearly as much if Comcast has their say.  So, if this blog (and my facebook, and my email, and everything else) goes offline, y’all will know why.

I just thought I’d get that off my chest.

7 thoughts on “Just so’s y’all know

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    If I didn’t also do most of my shopping and bill paying on line, I’d agree with you. But in Massachusetts, for example, there are a lot of things you have to do online. Including register your car. It really ISN’T a luxury anymore and hasn’t been for a long time. Many places don’t give phone numbers. The ONLY way you can reach them in online … including your cable company, your electric company (unless there’s a line down and that number is damned hard to find), anything in our state is on line — ALL of it. No, it isn’t a luxury. We live out in the middle of nowhere and if I can’t go online, I also can’t get there. At all.

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  2. Embeecee

    Okay, eddicate an ignoramus here (me). HOW are they going to do that? Charge for sites I mean? Will it show up on the internet service provider’s bill or what? I’ve read a whole lot lately urging Americans to DO something about the changes to the internet this year, but I had no idea…just like 99% of us, we did nothing and now we might be f*cked..

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    1. Willow Post author

      So, like remember how there used to be a separate bill for your local calls and long distance calls? And how you can have basic cable or cable with HBO or whatever the premium channels are? Something like that. And it’s completely up to the Internet Service providers (like Comcast) and the area of service. So rural areas are screwed royally because they have fewer choices. We only have Comcast out here, so if they start charging us for, say Netflix usage, that’s it, we have no other way to get Netflix but to pay or not use it.

      OR

      They’ll start selling “premium” packages with higher bandwidth and “basic” packages with shit bandwidth. And the “premium” packages will be so astronomically high that only affluent people can afford them.

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  3. purpleslobinrecovery

    Uh oh, I don’t like the sounds of this. Are you talking about net neutrality?? Cuz I couldn’t understand all the mumbo jumbo.
    I’m with you!!
    DD1 works online, so we have to have it for that reason, but I totally can live without all the “extras” myself. Like you said- there WAS life pre-computers!
    I really enjoy blogging, but my sewing machine doesn’t require being wired! Well, except to electricity! lol
    Love the purple lady shooting the computer! I feel like that too many times myself!

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    1. Willow Post author

      Sigh, I haven’t touched my sewing machine in years… It’s just sitting there, gathering dust. All of this online business is seriously cutting into my crafting. And I don’t even do that much online! >_< I might have to curtail how much time I spend just listly staring at the screen and going from one site to the other…

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