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gfox

Great example of customer service at least TRYING to use twitter to help customers. Not my experience with United Airlines with whom I've had a most unfortunate recent experience and tweeted it - even bothering to find their corporate twitter account and @ing them. No contact back, at all. Apparently, you have to be pissed enough to spend a weekend making a music video to get their attention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo

Jeff Jarvis

Peter,
But they didn't fix it. They just found a new way to say you're screwed. That's why Comcast still sucks. The goal is to get the service you paid for working, no matter who you are. I'd still throw a stink.

DT

I had a very different experience with @Comcastcares. My cable tv (also a triple play customer in rural VA)went out during the US Open Golf tournament (main reason I have cable is to watch golf) They fixed it remotely within a half hour and everything was back to normal.

Mary Baum

DT and Peter,

I notice a subtext here: If they fixed DT's cable for a golf game, were they mad Peter was using his residential service for business?

Did they want Peter to ask to upgrade to the business-class service? Peter, if you did, would they have fixed your outage? Or would they have told you there was a weeks-long delay for installation? (AT&T pulled that on a client of mine who had bought an existing business and just needed to transfer existing DSL . . . )

It kills me that these companies refuse to staff at levels to maintain service to paying customers - all in the service of a few points' worth of net earnings, so some VP's bonus can be a few thousand dollars bigger.

Tom O'Brien

Peter:

One time on the phone with Sprint I was so mad I went (while on hold) and bought the domain name www.sprintmustdie.com

I recently let it expire because I don't have that much negative energy in me.

It strikes me that Comcast twitter presence is a nice effort, but essentially a band-aid on a mortal wound. They need to fundamentally change how they care for customers rather than chase the really p*ssed ones around on Twitter.

I appreciate the efforts of Frank & others, but really, where is the commitment to do something different?

TO'B

John Zeisler

Peter - you should feel lucky. I spend $250 a month with Comcast, but when my internet connection crapped out it took 4 days to get a service call scheduled. Their CS couldn't/wouldn't escalate the call, blaming the delay on "the system". I immediately sent an email to the heralded "we.can.help@comcast.cable.com", the email site to quickly resolve Comcast issues, but NEVER heard back. I guess they only look at Twitter feeds these days, not email.
Four days later the tech shows up, tests the line and announces that their system upgrade was overdriving my cable modem, and fixes it. No apologies, no credit for downtime, and now I've got to negotiate with them again just to see a credit for lost service.
Their days are numbered.

peter hirshberg

I must have been on nice pills. Jarvis is right--- I was bamboozled. To be fair the problem was intermittent. It was a real disaster when all my communications crashed repeatedly in the time leading up to my phone meeting with executives at NYSE. I was just plain lucky that I had sent a copy of the slides to a colleague moments before the outage so she could finish them and send them on.

By the time I was on the phone with comcast the service was up, but the rep said "we clearly see a low signal going to your modem, so we need to trouble shoot it. We have to send a guy out and we can't start troubleshooting in the neighborhood until after we visit you. And that will happen in two days." He now famously added "if you were a business customer we could do it sooner." In full disclosure he also added "if it weren't intermittent and you still had no service we could probably get to it sooner too." But since the service was so iffy all morning and they had confirmed they did see a signal strength problem that needed fixing i felt and still feel second class. Its also been 24 hours and no one from comcast has contacted me to set up an appointment to come out tomorrow (2 days into the incident as promised) and do the trouble shooting.

As to whether comcast was secretly unhappy that I was doing business on the line, I doubt it. Im sticking ( i have no choice--- they'll throttle me down if i dont) within their bandwidth requirements. And who doesnt work from home? Thats the whole point of the internet, which is their only growth business. If they were smart they'd actually try to sell me their business service... i might be interested in unrestricted bandwidth and faster response if it were properly packaged and marketed to me. I pay apple a few hundred dollars a year for better support (applecare on several macs, procare for better attention at the genius bar, mobile me and one on one) and am delighted that when i get into a jam they mostly provide great attention and real answers. Somehow apple figured out how to run a service business better than one of Americas most vital telecommunication service companies. And that's why Jarvis is right to demand stink throwing here.

Jeff you have my word, I'm not done yet!

Esteban Kolsky

Thanks for highlighting the problem I have been talking about for months!

ComcastCares is not a better solution for Twitter, it is just a faster escalation ticket into the company. Problems are only solved if they could have been automated (which they won't do) so essentially we are talking about putting 6-10 people to replace an automated process (rebooting modems in most cases) which would cost less -- but also produce less PR.

Twitter for CS does not solve issues, but it certainly does make for good PR.

I would not end this stream at their assertion that since you are not a biz customer you don't count (what they are saying) since that is an assinine way to do biz (which I know is their latest excuse for we don't know what we are doing -- i am certain you can find at least one biz customer with same problem and same answers as you had -- we don't have capacity to handle this problem).

vicki

Late to this but as a Comcast customer (185 per month) here are the problems and solutions I've been offered:

1. Complete system outage: from Comcast "might be back in three days". It actually came back two hours later but after I'd moved to a friend's house to finish a project.

2. Macbook wouldn't connect: Comcast: 'macs are always a problem, buy a PC'.

3. For every other problem regardless of what it is Comcast's solution is to unplug, take the battery out of the router, wait 15 minutes and all will be fine. Never works.

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This email is about two NYC artists that were put on trial in a NYC court without their knowledge by the tv network NBC and a NYC judge because former NBC CEO Jeff Zucker and Tim Kring of the American tv show " Heroes" were so desperate for ratings and hit tv shows, that NBC representatives are attending artists film screenings, art exhibits etc... to steal the artist copyrighted intellectual property to create content for NBC like the failed NBC TV Show "Heroes."
( Google ENJAI EELE or "MALLERY VS NBCU" to read more).
The lawsuit " Mallery vs NBCUl" which recently went before The Supreme Court is a great example of this fact.
Fraud? How about NBC employee Tim Kring doing an admission of guilt while the lawsuit "MALLERY VS NBCU" was before a NYC judge for copyright infringement.
Tim Kring did an admission of guilt in the media at:
http://blog.the-eg.com/2007/12/04/tim-kring
Where Tim Kring states: "In Hollywood they say if Hitler wrote a great screenplay they'd send a limo to the airport to pick him up... Great creativity comes from everywhere, I was flubbed (before) and I didn't just want a show on the air, I wanted something big, bold and wanted to prove them wrong. Only problem was I didn't have an idea, so I was just left angry and worried about it... I lied and cheated and schemed and manipulated all the way through the idiocy that is the notes process when you do this, was able to push the production through relatively unscathed and in the form that it would work in.
That's how Heroes got on the air. It's not the most original idea in the world, you build and borrow. Just put these pieces together in the right way, at the right time, and on the right network".

Tim Kring didn't stop there.....
at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/125/rebel-alliance.html written by David Kushner April 11, 2008 Tim Kring also stated to the media:" We are literally making up the parameters of the intellectual property that will take the networks into the next generation. We're the beta-testing ground. It's a wild west: There are no rules. Just take something and go try it".

Question: Why is Tim Kring " making up the parameter" of something that's already set?

The NYC artist that can paint the future on large canvas which was featured on "Heroes" is a original copyrighted character named "Idai Markus" based on a real life Luba divination artist named Enjai Eele.
Eele and his Twin Amnau Eele were first written about by arts editor Danny Simmons and writer Quashell Curtis in Russell Simmons "One World Magazine" July 2001 and The NY Daily News by Daily Beast and NY Magazine editor Lloyd Grove on August 5, 2004 article titled: "Future Tribeca Stars"?
The "One World" magazine and NY Daily News articles led to "The Twins" as we are known in the NYC art world to being invited to screen our 15 minute short film "The Letter" starring Robert Deniro , our Luba divination art on September 11,2001, our Luba divination art on the storms Katrina and Rita and our script/novel titled "The Twins: Journey Of The Soul " on the fictional character "Idai Markus the artist that can paint the future on large canvas before it happens" to the students in the art dept at Hunter College NYC April 2005 which was attended by NBC representatives like Bryan Fuller.
NBC claimed in court that they heard about our Hunter College show on the Associated Press and by September 2006 our Luba divination art, characters, concepts etc... were on the tv show " Heroes" as the number one show in America with a growing worldwide audience of over 45 million viewers.

Idai Markus the drug free NYC African-American artist that could paint the future on large canvas became Isaac Mendez the NYC Latino artist that could paint the future on large canvas , but only after he shot up drugs.
We filed a copyright infringement and defamation lawsuit against NBC in March 2007.
NBC then killed off the" artist that could paint the future with a dope problem" sending the fans into a rage,
Tim Kring became angry and called the show's few fans that were left "saps and Dip-shits for not watching and the rest of this tragic copyright crime is in the plaintiffs Supreme Court Cert in Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Why was the plaintiffs work so valuable to NBC?
Because the plaintiff, Luba Divination Artist Enjai Eele divined, painted and copyrighted before September 11, 2001 a "Luba Memory Board"(36x 48 inches, oil on canvas) titled: "The Atta Page" which depicted two planes crashing into the twin towers in NYC on 9-11 and the message that:
" A man named Atta will attack the twin towers on September 11 because there are 9 letters in the word Manhattan and 11 letters in the name Mohamed Atta and the name ATTA is in the word manh-ATTA-n and whenever the world look at the word manhATTAn, the world will always remember the name ATTA and what ATTA did to the twin towers and manh-ATTA-n on 9-11-01". copyright Eele 2001
Note: The Atta Page is the only painting of it's type worldwide.
The plaintiffs last art exhibition before the NBC lawsuit was at Danny Simmons "Rush Art Gallery" in NYC curated by Danny Simmons and hosted by Derrick Adams.
Note: Eele's painting ( A Luba Memory Board) of a terrorist blowing up a truck in Times Square NYC has been sitting in a NYC court since March 2007 in the lawsuit "MALLERY VS NBCU".
Eele's painting was right, because the terrorist tried to blow up a truck in Times Square NYC in 2010.
The terrorist is now on trial in a NYC court.


Jeff Zucker and Tim Kring took Eele's original copyrighted IP and made billions of dollars with it without Eele's permission.
NBC even used our great-great grandfather's symbol that was used by him to survive the trans-atlantic slave trade that landed him on a plantation in the deep south .
His symbol was used on the tv show "Heroes" and to show NBC executives where to park their cars in the L.A. California NBC parking lot.
Tim Kring had no problem accepting a Golden globe nomination and a NAACP image award for someone else's IP
Extortion, perjury, wire fraud,and many other crimes have been comitted in this lawsuit by NBC and Tim Kring.
We're not afraid of NBC and we are not going to stop until they pay for what they did un-lawfully with our copyrighted IP.
Our human and civil rights have been totally violated in this lawsuit and this lawsuit will prove that NBCU is nothing more than a greedy racist organized crime hate group that traffics in stolen copyrighted IP.

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