Will anyone actually buy this argument?

  • gregorum
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    4 months ago

    I’d like to think that this is all some massive gambit by the FCC to get all these assholes on record so they can build some massive RICO case to take them all down in a massive price fixing and defrauding scheme.

    But I am high right now.

  • @underwire212@lemm.ee
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    764 months ago

    Believe it or not, the same study actually said giving me a million dollars is also a good thing

  • @afunkysongaday@lemmy.world
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    744 months ago

    “See when I slap you in the face that’s actually a really nice thing of me to do. Because if I don’t slap you in the face I’d kick you in the groin really hard instead. Do you want to get kicked in the groin? No? That’s what I thought.”

  • @rxmc@lemmy.world
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    584 months ago

    Cable companies say they’ll will raise the price without early termination fees? Oh please. They’ll do that whether there’s early termination fees or not. They’re just threatening to bump it up on the schedule.

  • @RegalPotoo@lemmy.world
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    4 months ago

    CW: DV >!“we’ll have to raise prices if early termination fees are banned” has a real “look how you made me hurt you” abuser vibe.!<

    I’m imagining the logic is something like “predatory fees generate $xx million in revenue a year, so if we lose that revenue source we will have to put our other fees up to compensate, because as a multi-billion dollar company our shareholders will get all butthurt if our profit drops by a fraction of a percentage point next year”

  • @UnderpantsWeevil@lemmy.world
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    4 months ago

    Me, the cable company: “If you don’t let me charge people an assortment of fines and fees after they’ve signed up for service, then I’ll increase our base rate before they sign up.”

    Consumers, looking at the high price of cable: “Fuck, I can’t afford this. Guess I won’t sign up.”

    Me, the cable company: “Regulations are destroying my business!!!”

  • @smegger@aussie.zone
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    384 months ago

    Only if they buy the argument that it’s too difficult to explain what the hidden charges are for so they shouldn’t have to.

  • @Trashcan@lemmy.world
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    234 months ago

    Early termination fees are not that horrible. They can give you a monthly cost where some of the costs for installing it might be distributed over they contact period. Fine and ok

    But i should still be able to cancel my contract without jumping through 11 loops and queues.

    If you sign up for a given contract, that’s what you have agreed upon. It sucks if you only have one option and they can set a ridiculous price. So if you want to regulate pricing, that’s a different matter. Cancelling is something else altogether.

    • @SupraMario@lemmy.world
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      394 months ago

      What costs to install equipment? Most homes are already wired for their services. The lines they roll out to new users are usually subsidized by taxes and running coax into a house is not that expensive.

    • @webghost0101@sopuli.xyz
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      174 months ago

      You mean the installation which was provided for free as a “limited special offer” for new members but is actually already accounted for in the price?

    • @UnderpantsWeevil@lemmy.world
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      4 months ago

      If you sign up for a given contract

      Listen, it says clear as day down here in the fine print that I get a pound of flesh closest to your heart. I don’t see what you’re complaining about, a contract is a contract.

    • @Maggoty@lemmy.world
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      14 months ago

      “installing”

      You mean when they send someone out to flip the switch and then come look at the TV screen to make sure the switch worked? You know my ISP doesn’t even send someone out anymore. They just do it remotely with me on the phone.

  • @Maggoty@lemmy.world
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    214 months ago

    Oh look. The “We’ll hurt people a different way if you stop us from hurting them this way!” argument.

    I wonder who else has made that argument? Oh yeah the Mafia and Cartels.

  • r00ty
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    204 months ago

    Cable companies “We’ll raise monthly prices if you ban termination fees”

    Lol, they’re going to raise them anyway!

    • bruhduh
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      4 months ago

      CEO’s always think in quarters, they said “we don’t raise monthly prices (in this quarter) if you don’t ban termination fees”

    • Humanius
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      4 months ago

      Thanks for adding the link to the article, but it might be more convenient if you also add the link to the post description.
      Currently this comment is showing up at the bottom of the thread for me.

      • @Alph4d0gOP
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        24 months ago

        Fair! I intended to have it in the original post but it didn’t take. Likely my error.