Cord Cutting - "How does it stack up against traditional services?"

Fiber optics delivered Internet is more than just faster, more reliable, and higher quality Internet, the neutrality of the delivery of your Internet data allows for "cord cutting" to be your default option.  You, as the consumer, benefit from more choice, more freedom and flexibility, and most importantly, lower overall prices for Internet connectivity, video content, and voice services.

The future of content delivery is now here, available on your favorite compatible devices:

  • gaming console,
  • smart phone,
  • SmartTV,
  • streaming player (to plug into non-Smart TV),
  • tablet,
  • web browser.

via subscription-based streaming services that travel with the subscriber, with ability to pause / cancel services at anytime, and finally no more nonsense:

  • "add-on" and "recovery" fees,
  • annual contracts and cancellation fees,
  • equipment rentals and DVR fees,
  • "local programming" fees,
  • installation appointments.
ComparableFull Monthly Rate (excluding taxes and fees)Notes
Over-the-Air (OTA) High Definition Television (HDTV)$0Antennas start at ~$20 and receive over-the-air HDTV signals from the Providence, Boston, and the Cape Cod areas.  All major networks broadcast locally (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS).  The OTA signal is less compressed (therefore, better signal quality) than what is delivered through traditional cable and satellite TV. 

May require "rescanning" for channels on your television on a periodic basis, see current listing of all /wiki/spaces/EBW/pages/519471231 received in Newport County.
Locast$0Not-for-profit streaming service offering access to broadcast television stations on all major streaming platforms.
AT&T TV NOW [AT&T]$65/$80
  • 3 simultaneous streams.
  • 90 day cloud-based DVR (PLUS packages or higher).
    • 500 hours of storage.
  • Tiers:
    • PLUS (45+ channels, which includes the below listing).  $65/month. 
      • CNN
      • Comedy Central
      • Disney
      • ESPN
      • Fox News
      • Hallmark
      • HBO
      • MSNBC
      • MTV
      • National Geographic
      • Nickelodeon
      • TBS
      • TNT
      • VH-1
      • and more
    • MAX (60+ channels).  $80/month, adds:
      • Cinemax
      • ESPN U
      • Golf Channel
      • Tennis Channel
      • and more
fuboTV [FaceBank Group]$54.99 and up
  • 2/3 simultaneous streams.
  • Cloud DVR Plus (Family Package or higher, or $9.99/month).
    • Upgrade from 30 hours of storage to 500 hours of storage.
    • Recordings never expire.
  • 130+ events in 4K.
  • Tiers:
    • Standard (64 channels, which includes the below).  $54.99/month.
      • A&E
      • AMC
      • BBC America
      • CNN
      • Fox News
      • History
      • MSNBC
      • GOLF
      • Hallmark
      • Lifetime
      • HLN
      • NFL Network
      • VICE
    • Family (64 channels).  $59.99/month (regular $70.97/month), adds:
      • Extra simultaneous stream (3 total).
      • Cloud DVD Plus.
    • Ultra (135 channels).  $79.99/month (regular $98.94/month), adds:
      • fubo Extra.
      • Sports Plus.
      • SHOWTIME.
    • fubo Extra.  $5.99/month.
      • Cooking Channel.
      • BBC World News.
      • NBA TV.
      • NHL Network.
      • Tennis Channel.
      • Nicktoons.
      • MTV Classic.
    • Sports Plus.  $10.99/month.
      • NFL Network.
      • NBA TV.
      • NHL Network.
      • Tennis Channel.
    • Futbol Quarterly.  $19.99/month (regular $34.98/month).
Hulu + Live TV [Walt Disney/Comcast]

$64.99/$70.99 (commercial free)


  • 2 simultaneous streams.
  • 50 hours Cloud DVR.
  • Add-ons for premium channels, unlimited screens, Enhanced Cloud DVR (200 hours storage, record multiple shows at once) with fast-forwarding through commercials.
  • 65+ channels
    • Local channels includes:
      • ABC 6
      • Fox Providence
      • NBC 10
      • WPRI 12
    • National channels includes:
      • CNN
      • Disney
      • ESPN
      • ESPN U
      • Fox News
      • FX
      • History
      • MSNBC
      • National Geographic
      • TBS
      • TNT
      • USA
      • VICE
      • and more
Philo$20
  • 3 simultaneous streams.
  • 30 day Cloud DVR.
  • 60 channels.
    • National channels includes:
      • A&E
      • AMC
      • BBC World News
      • BET
      • Comedy Central
      • Discovery
      • Hallmark
      • History
      • IFC
      • Lifetime
      • MTV
      • Nickelodeon
      • VICE
Sling TV [Dish Network]$30/$45
  • 1-4 simultaneous streams.
    • 1 if Orange package.
    • 3 if Blue package.
    • 4 if Orange + Blue package.
  • 10 hours Cloud DVR.
  • Cloud DVR Plus (50 hours of storage, record multiple shows at once) with fast forwarding through commercials.
  • 50+ channels includes:
    • Orange.  $30/month.
      • A&E
      • AMC
      • Cartoon Network
      • CNN
      • Comedy Central
      • Disney
      • ESPN
      • History
      • TBS
      • TNT
      • VICE
      • and more
    • Blue.  $30/month.
      • A&E
      • AMC
      • Cartoon Network
      • CNN
      • Comedy Central
      • Fox News
      • FX
      • History
      • MSNBC
      • National Geographic
      • NickJr.
      • NFL
      • TBS
      • TNT
      • USA
      • VICE
      • and more
    • Orange + Blue.  $45/month.
      • Combined lineup.
TVision [T-Mobile]

$10 and up

NOTE:  TVision services are exclusively available to T-Mobile postpaid customers at time of launch.

  • 2 or 3 simultaneous streams.
    • 2 for VIBE package.
    • 3 for all other packages.
  • 100 hours Cloud DVR ($5/more extra for VIBE package, free otherwise)
  • Tiers:
    • VIBE (34 channels).  $10/month.
    • Live TV (33 channels).  $40/month.
    • Live TV+ (57 channels).  $50/month.
    • Live Zone (67 channels).  $60/month.
YouTube TV [Alphabet/Google]$64.99
  • 3 simultaneous streams.
  • 9 month unlimited Cloud DVR with partial fast forwarding.
  • 70+ channels.
    • Local channels includes:
      • ABC 6
      • CW
      • Fox Providence WNAC
      • NBC 10
      • WGBH 2
      • WPRI 12
      • and more
    • National channels includes:
      • BET
      • Cartoon Network
      • CNN
      • Comedy Central
      • Disney
      • ESPN
      • Fox News
      • FX
      • Golf Channel
      • MLB Network
      • MSNBC
      • MTV
      • National Geographic
      • NBA TV
      • NESN
      • Nickelodeon
      • TBS
      • Tennis Channel
      • TNT
      • USA
      • and more
Prime [Amazon]~$9.92$119 annual subscription.  Library of shows and movies.

Content "a la carte":

  • Apple iTunes
  • Amazon
  • Google Play/YouTube
  • Vudu
$1.99 and up

Rent or buy shows/movies in HD.


Current Streaming Services:

$5.99 and up
  • Acorn TV $5.99/month or $59.99/year.
  • Apple TV+ $4.99/month.  Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting  will unlock a free year of the subscription-based service.  https://www.apple.com/apple-tv-plus/
  • Disney Plus $6.99/month or $69.99/year.  https://disneyplus.com/
  • HBO Max $14.99/month.  Stream all of HBO, along with new Max Originals, series and blockbuster movies from WarnerMedia’s characters and brands.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HBO_Max  
  • Netflix $8.99/month (basic) ranging to $17.99/month (premium).
  • CBS All Access ($5.99/month or ad-free $9.99/month)
  • Peacock Free (ad-supported), Peacock Premium ($4.99/month or ad-free $9.99/month)

Cross-promotion agreements and leveraging of content and licensing within the purview of large media conglomerates.

Expandable Cordless Phone System$0 (leverage existing cellular service)Link up to two different Bluetooth enabled cell phones to a cordless phone system that starts around ~$60 for a base and 1 additional base unit (expandable up to 6).  Effectively is a home landline system serviced by your cellular plan with multiple cordless phones that can pick up the same call.  This option allows users the freedom to not need to carry their cell phone around as the cell phone directly links to the cordless phone system.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Adapters$49.99 and up (plus possible subscription)
  • CallCentric
    • Port current phone number for one-time fee of $10.
    • Short Message Service (SMS) plan.
      • Starting at a penny/message and $1/month + taxes.
    • Outgoing call plan.
      • Unlimited in-network calling to CallCentric customers and VoIP customers.
      • Starting at $1.95/month + taxes and 911 cost recovery fee for 120 minutes to US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
    • Incoming call plan.
      • Personal unlimited $5.95/month + taxes and 911 cost recovery fee.
      • Office unlimited $8.95/month + taxes and 911 cost recovery fee.
  • MagicJack Plus ($49.99, one time purchase)

    • Port current phone number for one-time fee of $19.99.
    • Monthly fees:

      • First year of service: $0

      • $39 a year ($3.25 a month)

      • $99 for 3 years ($2.76 a month)

      • $130 for 5 years ($2.18 a month)

    • Unlimited local and long distance calling to the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

      • Free MagicJack to MagicJack international calls.

    • Standard telephone services such as voicemail, conference line, call forwarding, call waiting, call blocking, 911 emergency service.

    • Mobile app integration (allows to skip using mobile minutes while on mobile device).

      • Unlimited SMS to any US mobile number.

      • Ideal for mobile phone plans with limited talk minutes.

      • Also ideal for where have a Wi-Fi signal but weak to no cellular signal.

  • OBiTALK (Polycom, Inc.) ($63.99 and up, one time purchase)
    • Supports up to four VoIP services.

      • Designed with Google Voice in mind.

    • Free service to sign up for, and free if using to to communicate between Google Voice number and other U.S. numbers.

    • CAVEAT: 911 Service.

      • 911 will be unable to see where Obi200 with Google Voice call is originating from.

      • Limitation of Google Voice not the Obi200.

      • Paid VoIP services exist, can be used with Obi200 to receive 911 support.

  • Ooma Telo ($79.99 and up, one time purchase)

    • Port current phone number for one-time fee of $39.99.
    • Free US calling save applicable taxes and fees.
      • 911.
      • Free Omma-to-Omma calling (worldwide).
      • Voice message playback (answering machine).
    • Premium for $9.99/month, adds:
      • Expanded call blocking.
      • Second phone line.
      • Do Not Disturb mode (direct to voicemail).
      • Free calling to Canada and Mexico.
Wi-Fi Calling$0 (leverage existing Wi-Fi)All major cellular carriers provide for this feature, which is a central design tenant of Google Fi's architecture.
Wi-Fi Calling Apps$0 (leverage existing Wi-Fi)
  • Discord
  • Duo (Google)
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Google Voice
  • Signal
  • Skype
  • Snapchat
  • WhatsApp
  • Viber
8x8 Express (Small Business and Enterprise)$12 (per user)

https://www.8x8.com/x-series/small-business/plans-and-pricing

  • Unlimited calling within the US and Canada.
RingCentral (Small Business and Enterprise)$19.99 and up (per user)

https://www.ringcentral.com/office/plansandpricing.html

https://www.ringcentral.com/solutions/enterprise-business.html

Vonage (residential to enterprise)$14.99/$26.99

https://www.vonageforhome.com/personal/phone-plans

  • 400 minutes to landline and mobile numbers in US (including PR) and Canada.  Incoming calls are unlimited.
  • Unlimited to landline and mobile numbers in US (including PR), Canada, and Mexico calling.
Zoom (personal to enterprise)$10 and up (per user)https://zoom.us/pricing
<prevailing market rate for fiber optic delivered Internet>$69.951 Gbps symmetric.
Cox (Silver "triple play package")$273.47 (with 2 year service agreement) (sad)

https://www.cox.com/residential/special-offers/bundles.html

  • up to 940 Gbps down / 35 Mbps up, 170+ channels with DVR, and unlimited nationwide and to landlines in Canada and Mexico.
Cox (Voice Premier)$34.99 (promotional rate)https://www.cox.com/residential/phone.html
Verizon (landline telephone service)$65.99

https://www.verizon.com/home/phone/

  • $65.99/month for "Verizon Freedom Essentials" (local, regional, toll, and long distance + 5 features).
    • Unlimited to landline and mobile numbers in US (including PR) and Canada calling.
    • Home Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, 3-Way Calling.
  • "Plain old telephone service" (POTS) pre-requisite to be offered DSL (1.1 Mbps upload and 3 Mbps download - 1990s speeds!) for a 2 year introductory rate of $25/month after which standard rate of $40/month applies.
    • "High Speed Internet - Up to 1.1 to 3 Mbps" for $40/month plus $65.99/month for a total price of $105.99 a month (thumbs down)