Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Comcast hearings to begin next month.

The City of Jackson issued the following press release:

Public Hearings Related to Comcast to Begin in May

Attorney Deshun T. Martin and the law firm of Martin And Martin, PA, have been retained as Consultants to Represent the City of Jackson, Mississippi, regarding the Comcast Cable Services Renewal, (which includes Attorneys: Vaterria M. Martin, Esq., Samac S. Richardson, Esq., Ricky Anderson, Esq., and Melvin Houston, Esq.). The Attorneys are moving toward having a negotiated Comcast Cable Contract in place for the Citizens of Jackson.

To that end, the attorneys anticipate using the next weeks for Ascertainment of the issues or problem(s) that consumers, (citizens of this community) may have with their Comcast service(s). The City of Jackson is encouraging citizen consumers to bring their concerns to these ascertainment meetings. Representatives from The City of Jackson, the Legal Consultants, and Comcast will be at each ascertainment session.

The sessions will be held at the following locations:

Ward 1: Bellwether Church, Tuesday May 12th at 12 noon
4624 Old Canton Road
Ward 2: New Hope Baptist Church, Thursday May 14th 6 p.m.
5202 Watkins Drive
Ward 3: Cornerstone MB Church, Monday May 18th 6 p.m.
418 Martin Luther King Drive
Ward 4: Rosemont MB Church, Tuesday May 19th 6 p.m.
3930 Officer Thomas Catchings Drive
Ward 5: Rising Sun Baptist Church, Thursday May 21st 6 p.m.
3001 Saint Charles Street
Ward 6: Christ Tabernacle Church, Tuesday May 26th 6 p.m.
1201 Cooper Road
Ward 7: Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Thursday, May 28th 6 p.m.
608 W. Porter Street

Kingfish note: There is no reason for any of this to take place.  Government should get out of the monopoly business whenever possible.  It is ridiculous to charge franchise fees for something that improves the quality of life of residents of Jackson.  If anything, Jackson should abolish these fees and encourage all providers to come to Jackson.   The cost of capital investment would thus be lower for Jackson as compared to other cities.  It would be nice to have Comcast, Cspire, Google, Verizon, and ATT all competing at the same time to offer  truly high-speed internet.  


Anonymous said...

Yeah, City of Jackson, let's use up time and money thinking of ways to drive more business and residents out of Jackson. I don't care about Comcast, because right now, my monthly water bill is higher than my Comcast bill and my Entergy bill combined. I have had a service ticket for someone to come inspect my meter, which is under 3 feet of water, for 3 months. But I am sure that if I don't pay my water bill, someone will be out to cut it off within 72 hours.

After 30 years as a Jacksonian, I am moving to Madison.

Anonymous said...

The City of Jackson and Comcast, King and Queen of customer service.

Anonymous said...

hear ye, hear ye Fish

Anonymous said...


-w said...

Remember when Haley signed a non-compete with ATT and Comcast to keep all businesses out of the telecom business in jackson specifically Cell South(now CSPIRE)? That is when Cell south bought a company called telepak and funded it to setup fiber using federal infrastructure dollars and worked around this non compete garbage Jackson keeps around to pay lawyer fees. It makes no damn sense. It is the reason jackson cant get better. These people and practices will perpetually keep jackson down.

Anonymous said...

Ascertainment? Definition: 1) To find out with certainty 2) That effect felt when watching any program or news segment involving the Kardashian or Stokes families.

Anonymous said...

2:05 - To quote The Princess Bride: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means..."

Anonymous said...

How about Assertainment? Seems more fitting.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Comcast and other ISP's service downtown isn't great or universal. There are still areas in the central business district with no high speed internet at all.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Cspire puts these fools out of business. Their superior product should be in Jackson soon.

Anonymous said...

How did Deshun get this? Seriously?

Anonymous said...

Comcast's customer service is as bad as it gets and it is only getting worse. One of the worst companies in America. They don't call it Shitfinity for no reason. Whenever you call Comshit customer service record every second of every conversation. Then transcribe what you've record and send it to the FCC. Comshit hates it when people file complaints with the FCC.

Anonymous said...

2:30- know your facts. C-Spire did not buy Telepak. Telepak is the parent company, and existed LONG before C-Spire.

Anonymous said...

We switched our TV cable service in NEJ from Comcast (which has old Time Warner wiring apparently) to AT&T. Comcast had become unwatchable. Glad we did. I'll probably switch again, this time to CSpire when their good stuff get in the ground. Competition is all it takes to make things work.

Anonymous said...

4:46 - because Precious is dead. I imagine he had first dibs.

Anonymous said...

5:51 you are wrong. That company is telapex not to be confused with telapak. Know your facts.

Anonymous said...

CSpire's service will be no better. You actually think they can offer a competitive product to Comcast cable and ATT broadband? What do you think it will cost you to get ESPN and over desirable programming? What happens when they start having issues on gameday? Get real. Have you ever traveled out of state and tried to download data on your cspire phone?

Anonymous said...

You actually think they can offer a competitive product to Comcast cable and ATT broadband?


Have you ever traveled out of state and tried to download data on your cspire phone?

Has nothing to do with their upcoming fiber-based service.

Anonymous said...

You would be hard pressed to find five lawyers more incompetent than this bunch.

Savin' The Day said...

Call Lt. Graham in. He's a fiber-optic specialist with certification in expansion-loop technology as well as signal loss recovery.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:01 I could not agree more. CSpire cellular service has consistently gotten worse since the name transitioned from Cellular South. It may be coincidental as this is the around the same time the iPhone was became available. They are oversubscribed. My AT&T 3G service was faster than CSpire's LTE service. My phone has dial up data speeds in most areas out of MS. The phone is constantly switching between 1x - 3G - LTE and it kills battery life.

@ 8:34 - I disagree. The reason CSpire's data coverage is terrible out of the state is because they rent space or piggy back off other carriers in other states. AT&T likely owns the fiber and towers over most of the country. This is why their service experience is the same in MS and out of the state. In the case CSpire's fiber service, they are still bound by how they connect to the internet back hauls. Do you think CSpire really owns nationwide fiber infrastructure? It may be fiber from your house to their neighborhood node, but they are still connecting back to AT&T or L3 back hauls. I am glad they are providing the service, but I don't think they will be able to scale like the nationwide providers.

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of Comcast and if you ever call one of their 800 support lines you will be ready to fly to India to kill somebody, but if you ever go down to the service center on I-55, they are very helpful and almost always will put you on a promotional plan and get you a cheaper rate. Really nice people, other than the lines.

Anonymous said...

You don't know what you are talking about 7:39 AM relative to using physical fiber access to connect to the Internet.

Anonymous said...

You would be hard pressed to find five lawyers more incompetent than this bunch.

And they got this contract because they were low bidder? Right?

Har de har........

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