Picks and Pans Review: Cable Fable
updated 09/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT
They've got these high-tech detection trucks cruising the streets like SAC bombers, vigilantly making sure nobody splices into their wire to get the Weather Channel for free. But it takes them four days to get someone to your house to restore lost service you've already paid for. That's if you can actually get one of their surly customer-service representatives on the phone. Their lines are always busier than a household full of teenagers. Lately they've been calling me, but only to sell me on upcoming pay-per-view events. Phone solicitations—how very '90s.
Maybe they'll start listening now. There's nothing like the threat of federal action to prod a monopoly that's been riding roughshod over consumers into mending its fences—or in this case, its coaxial cable.