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Five times the Internet speed, for free. Because capitalism.

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Why did my Internet get so fast for the same price?  I’m really not sure.  Well, Google Fiber is coming to town.  And in a completely unrelated event [cough, cough], Time Warner Cable decided to dramatically increase access speeds with zero price increases.

You do NOT get this with Socialism or Communism.  And Crapitalism is only marginally better than those.  Regional monopolies sound better than country-wide monopolies, but for the end user they are still monopolies.  You need real free-market competition to optimize things for everyone.

That is all.

We cut the cable! Woo-hoo!

We finally did it:  We dropped cable TV and our land line phone, saving lots of money and not really giving anything up.  The only people who ever called the land line were solicitors and our parents, so we switched to mobile only.

We added HD antennas, so we still get the channels we want (we watch very, very little TV).  And we got a pleasant surprise: Our TIVO will record off the antenna.

We also bought Rokus.  Mrs. Eternity Matters found a few things she likes on the Roku, such as a Pilates channel, music channels, access to the Sirius account, and more.  And Netflix and Amazon streaming are way faster on the Roku than on TIVO.

I must say it was a lot of fun to return the TV hardware to Comcast.  We are keeping our Internet service with them.  I got a good deal for this year at least — a little less than U-verse for theoretically higher speeds, plus we don’t have to change email addresses.

Unlike Rat, I don’t care if I don’t have ESPN.
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