March 2018 Cord-Cutting Resources

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 @ 2:56PM

March 2018 Cord-Cutting Workshops: What You Need

Background Information

State Representatives Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich), Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), Will Crocker (R-Barnstable), and Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), and state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) are hosting a series of five cord-cutting workshops across Cape Cod.

An interactive presentation, created by Randy Hunt, educates Cape Codders on how to save money on monthly bills by exploring alternatives to cable and satellite TV. Hunt walks attendees through some of the options, and explain how they work and how much they cost. The presentation includes a live demonstration and Q&A session.

Attendees can expect to learn more about over-the-air programming, streaming equipment (such as Apple TV and Roku), and streaming services (such as Sling TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and CBS All Access). Consumers will also discover how they can use their internet connection to eliminate their landline telephone service.

The workshops are an extension of the Cape legislators’ efforts to invigorate Barnstable County’s residential high-speed internet service sector. In coordination with local leaders and stakeholders, they are exploring routes through which competition can be promoted, consumer costs lowered, and access to high-speed internet expanded.

The workshops are collaborations between the Cape-area legislators, local senior centers and councils on aging, and libraries. They follow the successful cord-cutting workshops held at Cape Cod Community College last summer. On June 27, 2017, over 200 attendees packed the campus’ Studio Theatre between two sessions.

 

Informational Packet

Randy produced an informational packet on cord cutting that is available for download here. Printed copies are distributed at workshops.

For more information on cord cutting, please visit Representative Randy Hunt’s website.

 

Workshop Schedule

Monday, March 5, 2018

Who: Rep. Hunt and the Sandwich Council on Aging

What: Sandwich Cord-Cutting Workshop

When: 1:00PM-2:00PM and 2:30PM-3:30PM

Where: Sandwich Council on Aging, Big Room, 270 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Who: Reps. Hunt, Crocker, and Whelan; Sen. Cyr; Yarmouth Public Library; Yarmouth Senior Center

What: Yarmouth Cord-Cutting Workshop

When: 1:30PM-2:30PM and 3:00PM-4:00PM

Where: Yarmouth South Library, 312 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

 

 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Who: Reps. Hunt and Peake; Sen. Cyr; Harwich Council on Aging

What: Harwich Cord-Cutting Workshop

When: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Where: Harwich Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 100 Oak Street, Harwich, MA 02645

 

Media

Listen to Randy discuss cord cutting on WXTK’s Ed Lambert in the Morning (2/5/18):

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2 Comments to "March 2018 Cord-Cutting Resources" add comment
Robert D. Cavanagh
February 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Does “cut the cord” from Comcast apply to Internet as well as TV? My wife and I , age 88, were paying $99.99 for the double bundled service in 2016. This increased to $119.99 for a 12 month plan in May 2017. Our 12/2/17 bill has new rates for Bourne & Sandwiich showing the double bundle at $109.99 for a qualifiyng 12 month plan.

Comcast won’t honor the $ l09.99 rate. Do we have any recourse?

randyhuntcpa
February 12, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Robert, Comcast has the only residential broadband service (defined as 25Mbps or higher) on Cape Cod. Verizon offers DSL (about 7Mbps) but DSL is slower the further away from the switch your home is.

Until we have a straight up competitor to Comcast for internet service, which we’re working on, they’re the only game in town.

Unfortunately, the only recourse to an unresolved billing conflict is to report the problem to the licensor (board of selectmen or town council) or to the Consumer Assistance Council (508-771-0700).

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