Earthlink DSL Customer Support
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I have been an Earthlink customer since dial-up days. I have worked in technical support but encountered a DSL problem at home that I could not solve. I gave this rating three stars because the problem is not yet solved. I would not give regular customer service any stars.
My problem began when my old DSL modem broke after 10 years faithful service. I paid Earthlink for Fedex 2-day shipping. The new DSL modem arrived and did not work no matter how I tried to tweak the connection. After spending hours with regular service reps (Patrick and Ethan), I was told my call would go to senior tech reps who would call back but didn't. Regular technical support expected me to wait for their call. Each time I called, the regular technical reps, they were polite, obsequious, and utterly ineffective. The only exception was one tech representative who chastised me for not waiting for a callback. Each time the reps ran through their support script even as I told them I was repeating the same steps over and over again and getting the same results.
At the reps' suggestions, I even called my computer tech support and made sure the problem was not with my hardware or setup. When I called this afternoon, a senior representative came to the phone and was unable to help. He offered to send me another new modem at no cost. I then called the Earthlink headquarters in Atlanta and got patched through to Tier-3 technical support. After nearly two hours of expert support, we determined the modem was indeed not working. Despite my initial frustrations with the regular reps, I was satisfied with the Tier-3 support from Atlanta. The Tier-3 technician *was* an expert who knew his business. Lesson learned: I will *never* *ever* call the regular support line again; the reps simply do not have the technical skills necessary to solve more than the most rudimentary problems. If the new modem does not work, I will sever my business relationship with Earthlink and move to another ISP.