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Openband rates being increased!

Discussion in 'Jobs and Help Wanted' started by duda1835, Oct 7, 2004.

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  1. duda1835

    duda1835 Member

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    Please excuse the delay in sending this message out so late I had technical difficulties with my computer earlier today. The following message is a copy of a message sent to those for whom we had on file as requesting information while attending the Southern Walk Technology Advisory Committee (Openband Action Committee) We hope you can join us this evening!!!This information was received 10/06/04.

    Franco


    [blue]"I just received the new OpenBand prices for 2005 - ITS TIME TO MEET - Scott O."


    "We have a significant issue at our door step. The prices are not pretty. The next SW HOA meeting is the 19th of this month. At that meeting the new prices will be presented and I believe decided on. I am asking for a meeting to take place TODAY - 6:30 pm at Eagle Ridge Middle School (across from the Circle K gas station on WaxPool), before the Developers Update meeting which starts at 7 PM. If we need to we can continue the meeting after the Developers Update.

    I need to do some research today before I provide details on the new prices. I want to make sure I have all my facts straight before providing any detailed information. I will share my findings at the meeting this evening."

    Scott Ostergard

    Scott.Ostergard@NTConnections.net
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    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    What type of "price increase" are we talking about? I would be interested in seeing the comparative data that OpenBand would have to rely on in order to get a price increase.

    I would have a hard time swallowing a price increase, especially when you consider the months/years many of us paid a premium for super-duper high-speed internet access and instead received a product that was only slightly better than dial-up.
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    duda1835 Member

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    Pats Fan,

    Sorry I can't answer any questions now, I have just included Scott's e-mail address for you to contact him. I hope you can join us tonight I am sure he will be able to answer many of your questions.

    Franco

    Scott.Ostergard@NTConnections.net
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    We have a significant issue at our door step, OpenBand is proposing to raise your rates by almost $14 for the 2005 fiscal year. There is an HOA meeting scheduled for October 19th where these new rates will be voted on unless the community joins together to defeat this proposal.

    Proposed Increases:
    Telephone TV Internet
    2004 $17.81 $48.74 $64.95
    2005 $18.56 $58.19 $68.20
    Increase 4% 19.3% 5%
    Note: these prices do not include taxes and other charges

    Join Scott and many others at the Nature Center on October 14th at 6:30 PM were we will discuss our contractual rights and what we can do to ensure OpenBand isn’t allowed to continue overcharging Southern Walk residents.
    It will get harder and harder to control these rates if we don’t stop them now !!
  6. JenCo

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    ADMINS - Can we please shut down all but one of these? It's not necessary to have it in each forum! Everytime I check active topics, anything new will pop up so I don't think having it in multiple locations is really that beneficial? It's just annoying to see the same thing in 4 different places.

    hmm, kinda like all the random hospital topics[8D]
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    Just some trivia here ... back when there was only USENET, this was the original SPAM. Someone posting in every newsgroup ... spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ..

    That said, I do understand the person's anger ... that's a hefty jump in charges. Kinda like having Verizon and Adelphia kick in with price increases at the same time.


    Neil Z.
    Resident since 1999
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    Everyone that lives in communities served by HOA-contracted telecommunications firms like OpenBand and Gatehouse with their mandatory service packages lives to a certain extent with a sword over their heads. If the Telco vendor doesn't live up the hype, the homeowner has little to no recourse. Miss or stop your mandatory HOA Telco add-on payment, they can lien your home.

    To the best of my knowledge, typically, the HOA Telco vendor has no real QOS terms which they can be held accountable to.

    Broadland's situation is rather unique in being limited to Southern Walk, not the entire HOA. I don't know the contractual specifics here, but from what I have seen in the past with these kind of HOA/Specialized Telco agreements, the HOA has very little power or say over the Telco provider once the initial contract is put into place. A one-sided agreement in other words.

    I think this is the case because the original contract is drafted between the community's developer and the Telco provider when the area is still in the planning stages. From the developer's point of view, they are looking for sizzle and hype, not necessarily long-term QOS at a reasonable cost. They are more interested in marketing their project as a "high tech community" without delving too much into the details.

    As I'm sure everyone knows, in the beginning stages of a development, the HOA is 100% run by the developer. Owners do not get majority representation until much later into the project, usually at some pre-determined build-out point.

    By the time the owner-majority HOA realizes it is getting less than a good deal by the Telco vendor, it is usually too late to do anything about it as the previous developer-majority HOA likely signed a long term contract and did so with the intent on maximizing sales potential upfront, not necessarily maximizing contractual advantage for the folks who will actually be using the systems contracted for in the years ahead.

    This will be interesting to follow.
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