• Report: #447609
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  • Submitted: Wed, April 29, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, April 29, 2009

  • Reported By:Allentown Pennsylvania
Avenue C, Bethlehem Pennsylvania Nationwide U.S.A.
  • Phone: 800-ringrcn
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  • Category: Cable TV

RCN RCN - Deceptive practices and billing issues unresovled. Formal complaints filed Allentown/Bethlehem, PA Nationwide

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I have been a customer of RCN for 8 years. Not by choice mind you. I was stuck with them.

On April 6, 2009 I called RCN. I had found out I was taking a pay cut and wanted to find out what options I had for lowering my bill. I was very clear that I didn't want anything to change and I just wanted to know what my options were. After being on hold for over 20 minutes I spoke to a woman that sat and typed for an additional 20 minutes. I asked her what she was doing and she said "hold one moment" and she continued typing. She then says "ok your bill is down to $86". I asked her what I lost, she said nothing she applied promotional codes to my account.

On April 7, 2009 I lost all channels above channel 100. I called (11pm at night) and tech support checked my account, my bill, and reset my cable box.. nothing.. so they scheduled a service call for me the next day... between 8am and noon.

On April 8, 2009 I made arrangments to be home and sure enough the techs arrived. They were at my house for all of 4 minutes (that's being generous). They let me know that the Digital Teir was shut off that's why I had nothing above 100 and now I had to call customer service to get it back.
I got on the phone and sat on hold for 35 minutes.

I finally go thru.

That is when they informed me that I had "an old package" and they can not return everything to the way it was. They reduced me from 7mb internet service to 5mb internet service and I lost a $20/month discount that was to be on my account for an additional 7 months.

My bill was now $20 higher than what I was originally paying.

I started looking for other options but there isn't much in the allentown area depending on where you live.

Five days.... yes only 5 days later I receive a notice from RCN in the mail that they are raising my rates again... an additional $10/month.

I had less service and was paying $30 more per month.

I had enough

I shut off the cable tv completely and shut off the telephone service completely. I am saving over $300/year by shutting off the telephone alone!!!!!!!! I am saving even more by going with satellite! I had to keep my cable modem service.

When I called to do the shut off they wanted to know what happend. I told them and even the girl on the phone couldn't believe it. She found a promotion code to put on my account so I can save a bit on the Cable service.

I am now a proude Skype customer and a proude Dish Network customer!

I filled complaints with RCN and was told "sorry we can't help you"

I then filled a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and the attorney generals office of the state of Pennsylvania. I am currently going thru a complain with the FCC.

When I say I've had enough.... .I've had enough.

For 8 years I've put up with garbage with RCN... no more.

Had enough
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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