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Oh Great, Comcast Is Going to Launch A Wireless Service

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Comcast must be getting bored with its natural monopoly over cable and internet service because it’s launching a new wireless service in partnership with Verizon.

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CEO of Comcast Brian Roberts announced the move today during a Comcast webcast. The new Comcast offering will reportedly combine hotspot access with access to the Verizon wireless network. But that’s just about all we know right now. Comcast is clearly trying to branch out from providing a horrible cable and home internet experience and also offer what will probably be a horrible mobile data experience. You can’t escape!

In a statement provided to Engagdet, Verizon sounds less than pleased about the reveals? It seems like Roberts, the Goldman executive, may have jumped the gun. From Verizon:

We have an existing [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] agreement and we were informed that they are going to execute on that agreement and the agreement is the agreement. I am not going to get into whether we’re discussing of revising the agreement or the terms and conditions of that, since it’s under NDNA and we will see how this plays out. Obviously the industry is moving. Cable is going to do what they are going to do and we’re going to do what we’re going to do.

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So something is going to happen involving Comcast and a new wireless service. Again, you can’t escape the tendrils of this giant telecom cthulhu.

[Engadget]

Staff Writer, Gizmodo | Send me tips: william.turton@gizmodo.com

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Comcast is clearly trying to branch out from providing a horrible cable and home internet experience and also offer what will probably be a horrible mobile data experience. You can’t escape!

Fun fact, my Comcast cable box malfunctioned almost four months ago, sending a surge over HDMI, which fried my XBox One and 52" TV (which were daisy chained via HDMI).

Their first response was to tell me to plug the cable box in.

Their second response was to ignore me.

Their third response was to finally deal with me, tell me they’d schedule a technician to come out... then deny the claim because they never even scheduled for a technician to come out.

Their fourth response, after I filed a Better Business Bureau complaint, was to send a tech out who verified that the box was malfunctioning. They denied my claim again because “he wasn’t there to see it happen”.

Their fifth response, after I filed an FCC complaint, was to take the box back for analysis and then pretend that the box was now actually working, and denied my claim. After I reminded them that the last tech had already verified it didn’t work, they concluded “it is malfunctioning, it was involved in a surge” and still denied my claim.

I’ve run out of options, and the most Comcast is willing to do is reimburse me $300 in Comcast bill credit, as a “courtesy”. Which doesn’t even cover half of the cost of what I spent replacing my last TV with something approximately equivalent (Although it was missing things, like having a lower refresh rate, fewer HDMI ports, etc).

My XBox One is still sitting there, dead. I still have my old TV sitting on the floor, praying for somebody with the ability to make Comcast actually reimburse me.

And keep in mind, this is in Atlanta, where Google Fiber is starting to offer service right now, and Comcast is terrified of them running constant ads explaining the ways in which Comcast is ‘better’.

Yay, Comcast.