Last night we headed down to the new neighborhood restaurant, Mandu in City Vista, to try out the new space. It is very nice, food was great, priced right, good service, etc.
But thats not what this post is about. As we were waiting for the rest of our party to arrive we sat at the bar and grabbed a quick drink. We started chatting with Doug, a think the manager, and the bartender about how things were going. The topic somehow turned to a television when another bar patron asked if they were going to get one. Doug answered that indeed he did plan on it, but currently was having issues with getting a Comcast line. He told us that the estimate given to him by Comcast to set up the service was for $28k !!! Yes you are reading that right ..... He said that he was told that a line was needing to be run from a local "sub station" ... never mind the fact that the establishment is on the first floor of a HUGE condo and apartment building, whose tentants I am sure have Comcast cable .... so there is no way for anyone to believe that cable does not exist in the very building Mandu resides.
We were utterly amazed at such a ludicrous business dealing, and it goes to show the lengths to which big business is not only out to screw the consumer, but small businesses as well. We always hear that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, yet are placed in such idiotic circumstances which simply make doing business and competing in the marketplace nearly impossible.
So we want to start a Twitter and Facebook campaign to fight this BS !! So head over and Like the Cable for Mandu DC Facebook page and tag all twitter updates about this with #cable4mandu and lets get a good local DC business the proper service it deserves.
Comcast wants to charge my company, iStrategyLabs, somewhere around $18,000 to "run a line" to our office in the very heart of Dupont Circle.
I think there's something fishy about all of this.
Let's talk about making this a bigger initiative to include all areas of DC that are being asked to put up insane amounts of money for broadband access. We have the same problem in Dupont circle right now. Drop me an email if your interested, I'd love to see DC get the internet access it needs to be a competitive city.
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