Wednesday, September 6, 2017

No phones no internet

We had a terrific electrical storm here last night. My phones and internet are out. Our good for nothing telephone company, Windstream, says it will be at least Saturday before they can start repairing things out here, so I am at the library in town using their Wi Fi.  I don't expect to be in again until Friday, so I won't be on the internet til then.

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  1. That's too bad! I was enjoying reading your posts again! They can only START on Saturday, yeesh...they must be so rich, they don't seem to need their customers...

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    1. Now it's the eleventh. And by then, the hurricane will have passed through here, and they'll be trying to get the lines back up out at the lake. I guess I won't have telephone service til next month. I'll probably lose the internet, too. Since Windstream has a monopoly here, just like the power company does, they don't care if you are happy or not. You either pay them or go without.

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    2. Bell Canada was like that for decades in Canada until the cable companies came up with a telephone and internet service. That opened the door to other phone companies coming in for competition thankfully.

      I remember the days where I had to kiss *ss every time I spoke to a Bell agent when I needed a repair or else they would hang up on you - no exaggeration.

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    3. It's that way with Windstream. You can opt for other service providers, but you still have to use the Windstream system to access them. There's no choice. It's like the power company, there's just one, and that's your choice.

      I still have a few things to do here, and then it's just a matter of waiting for the storm to pass and then picking up the pieces. The question is how hard will that be?

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  2. Fellow windstream victim. Never make changes to your service, either. Two neighbors 'upgraded' their internet. Both were out of service for both voice and internet for 10 days. No storm required.

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    1. Windstream is bad news. When I moved here in 1986, I had "Standard" Telephone (no internet back then). Standard worked sometimes, sometimes it didn't.

      Then Standard sold out to Alltel. They were just about as hit and miss.

      Eventually, after a number of mergers, etc, we wound up with Windstream. Windstream is just about the worst service wise that you could ever run into. Telling customers that they have to stay home and be there when the repairman gets there, without any advance warning, is their method of operation. They just gave me a 6 day "window" when someone has to be home without notice. If they come out here and nobody is home, they charge you a service fee. If you don't pay it, they cut off your phone and internet service.

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  3. We'll miss ya, Harry, but we'll wait. Hope everything gets sorted out and that you don't get much grief from Irma.

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    1. It's not looking good. The hurricane is supposed to come right up through the middle and Georgia and hit us hard here in the mountains by Monday. The news says it may still be a force one hurricane. I have never had that happen in 33 years of living here. It's always just been "hurricane remnants" that did all the damage.

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  4. hopefully the storm hasn't played havoc too much with anything else, although I know your setup is no doubt resilient enough to weather a lot worse!

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    1. I don't know, Amigo. This is looking pretty shaky right now. We have a forest full of beetle pine trees, all dead and just waiting to fall over. If the winds and rain are as predicted, the roads will be closed, the power will be out, and none of it will get fixed out where I live for a long time. Years ago, the people living here would have gone out and at least cleared the roads with their own tractors and chain saws. But now, most of the people living here are transplants from Florida, "half way backs", people who moved to Florida from up North but live here part time. They are all old, and most of them don't have any thought of doing anything for themselves when something like this comes along. They just sit on their asses and complain.

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  5. So sorry to hear about your problems with your phone and internet. How frustrating! Just concerned that your area will be impacted by hurricane Irma. Prayers for your safety. Jana

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    1. Jana, it's looking pretty grim. The damn storm is coming for us here straight as an arrow. In all the years I've lived here, hurricanes are always downgraded to tropical storms before they get to the north Georgia mountains, but this time the Atlanta stations are saying it may still be an actual hurricane when it gets here. If that happens, we are up the creek without a paddle.

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  6. Take care. Thanks for the update.

    I lost Internet for a day until the service guy showed up. Turns out my dog got behind the desk and unplugged a cable. Felt foolish as I thought I'd checked them. Unlike the dog I don't squeeze in there very well.

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    1. I wish that was my problem. I've got nothing out at the junction box, and it went out during a spectacular electrical storm, so I think until Windstream gets somebody out here, my phones are history. I have cell phones but they don't get a signal here unless I walk up the mountain and climb up on a big granite boulder.

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  7. Our no! That's not fun at all! I hope it gets back up soonish.

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    1. Not looking good. The wretched hurricane appears to be heading right for North Georgia. I'm doing what I can to get ready, but it isn't a lot.

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  8. ♫ No phones, no lights, no motorcar.
    Not a single luxuree.
    Like Robinson Carusoe,
    As primitive as can be. ♫

    Then again, they did have Ginger and MaryAnn...

    - Charlie

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    1. Yeah, and that would make up for a lot!

      Right now the weather people say we are going to get hit good. With all these dead beetle pines in the woods, that means the power will go and the roads will be blocked. Supposed to get here by Monday evening, and they say it may still rate as a cat 1. I've lived here for 33 years now and we've always had the hurricanes downgrade to a tropical storm before they got up into the mountains.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    A whole mess of people in that part of the country are fixing on losing internet, phone and everything else from Hurricane Irma.

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    1. It's looking grim. The ATL television stations are saying it may still be a cat one when it hits North Georgia. I can't ever remember that happening before. I'm doing what I can do to get ready, but that's not a lot.

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  10. do you think installing a metal roof would help?

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    1. Not with a hurricane, but it would with forest fires. Would cost about $15,000 though, and I'd have people running all over my property for a couple of weeks.

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