Charter Communications Complaint - Held Hostage by Charter Communications
NEWTOWN, CALIFORNIA -- Charter Communications offers the only cable television network in Newtown Ct. May of this year I had trouble with my connection. I experienced interrupted services and problems with on demand on a regular basis. I contacted the company. Unfortunately, before you are able speak with a live person to schedule an appointment, you have to spend in excess of 1/2 hour receiving instruction from an automated service.
Finally I was able to get a scheduled appointment to check the problem. The first tech. checked all the wiring in the house but could not locate a problem, the second tried to rewire the cable inside the house. HE SPENT OVER 6 HOURS AT MY HOME AND ACTUALLY MISTAKENLY DRILLED HOLES I'M MY HARD WOOD FLOOR APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET FROM WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN DRILLED. IT WAS IN IN ANOTHER ROOM. After this I received promises from the area manager that expert techs would get on the problem and resolve it asap. They did not follow up and I had yet another tech. come to my home. He discovered that it was my underground cable and he would get someone out right away to lay new cable. He rigged a temporary fix, which is exposed on the outside of the house so I could at least get television service.
After several complaints they told me no one was schedule and they had had problems and delays with their contractors. In Sept. they rescheduled a new contractor who visited the house, measure the cable line and put in a couple of red flags. He told me he would be out to install the cable in a couple of weeks. Needless to say he never came. I called again this week to find out what happened, only to be told THEY ARE NOW ON THEIR WINTER HIATUS AND POLICY DICTATES THAT THEY WILL NOT DO ANY INSTALLATIONS UNTIL THE SPRING AND THEY ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE IN IN BY JUNE 1ST OF 2008. (In the meantime they keep contacting me to switch my phone service to them, ha,ha,ha.)
BIG PROBLEM NUMBER 2: Because limited service is better than no service I am forced to make the full payment and then contact them after the fact to request a credit because I am not able to use the services. In other words, they are forcing me to pay in advance for services I don't have.
NOW THE AREA MANAGER WILL NOT RETURN MY CALLS, AND THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO HELP ME. THEY CLAIM THEY CAN'T REFER ME TO SOMEONE WITH ANY AUTHORITY TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM.
I WILL BE FILING A FORMAL COMPLAINT AND HAVE CONTACTED THE LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS TO FEATURE MY PLIGHT ON THEIR SCAM PIECE.
I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT FORCING ME TO PAY FOR A SERVICE I DON'T RECEIVE IS ILLEGAL. I HAVE ALSO CONTACTED AN ATTORNEY.
THIS IS BEYOND BELIEF AND IS AN OBVIOUS RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE MONOPOLY IN MY AREA. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE.