I just moved into apartment complex where the only option is uverse. I have called timewarner and although they have coverage in my area, they said the property manager is contracted with uverse and i can only get uverse.
Is that even legal? It appears that uverse has a monopoly on my area. And Uverse is supper expensive. They are trying to charge me $250 just to start internet service. $100 for equipment, $100 for service installation, and $50 activation. I can't afford that.
But I need internet. I can't do anything without it. I am literally left without a choice but to signup for uverse. I can handle the $29.99 a month that uverse charges but the amount to just sign up seems obscene. Of course they wont budge on any discounts because they know that my complex has no other choice.
Or, see if AT&T has any specials. Try using their DSL instead of Uverse, if possible. It means that you get the internet over a phone line instead of Uverse, which comes over a cable TV connection. As mentioned above, splitting costs with neighbors is a good idea, unless one of you is downloading torrents and playing online games while the other is trying to research a term paper or finish a project for work.
Perfectly. Just like an owner of a house can chose their providers, so can the owner of the apartment complex.
Actually, it depends on what state you are in and the applicable landlord/tenant laws.
In my state (PA), a landlord cannot prevent you from obtaining cable TV services from a provider of your choosing. The provider needs to notify the landlord in writing, and they can then enter a 45 day 'negotiation' period where they can come to an agreement regarding security deposits, etc....if an agreement is not made it defaults to the standards in the law; you cannot be made to wait more than 45 days.
This in no way puts an obligation on the provider, only the landlord. If the provider decides they don't want to do it then they don't have to.
Check your state's applicable laws/regulations.
Also, you might want to check if something like Clear [clear.com]would work for you...
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If the apartment is under contract wouldn't that mean that the apartment is providing the service for you? A friend of mine moved into some apartments/town homes (not sure what it's officially considered) and they get free Comcast included with the rent.
edit: just read the first post fully. I have NEVER heard of such fees to get stuff started. If the apartment is under contract with UVerse, I would think everything is already installed. Also, how can they charge $250 to start service then an additional $50 for activation? Isn't that the same thing. They're trying to rape you and don't even have the courtesy of lube
That first link actually shows that it is legal in New York, and New Hampshire is trying to make it legal. It's probably not explicitly legal for you, but I don't recall an instance of anyone being prosecuted for connecting to an unsecure wireless network. Heck, don't iPhones do that automatically? Don't hack a network though, even if it is loose WEP; that's always illegal and can get ya some serious jailtime!
It may be better to schmooze up some of your neighbors, perhaps one would be sympathetic and give you their psk.
If you both know the password than a neighbor can not snoop on you. Just remember to put proper security on it. I think you want a WPA password encryption. You can also go the free way and get a router with a good antenna or extended antenna and use the insecure networks available to you.
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