Buckeye Express versus AT&T U-Verse - Any Opinions?

I am thinking of switching from Buckeye Express to AT&T U-Verse. Anyone make the switch, or have an enlightened (or otherwise) opinion on the relative merits of U-Verse? Mostly I am switching to keep John Robinson Block from reading my email and tapping my phone lines.

(Dramatic pause for conspiratorial effect)

OK, JRB doesn't read my email. I think. But any opinions would be greatly appreciated

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I support anything that keeps Mr. Bowtie-boy from making money in this town. On the other hand, AT&T, along with Verizon, was caught freely helping the NSA guys to tap our phone and internet data via a backroom they set up in one of their centers... without a warrant or court order. Just help yourself, they said. So I don't know what to think.


I have always had DSL through ATT. I know cable has improved but it could not maintain stable speeds which DSL can. I needed stable speeds plus I have never had cable so have not had the opportunity to switch. I have been satisfied with the DSL service I get although the main office is near the Sylvania Douglas intersection so I am fairly close and would not expect problems. I also have the more advanced plan-not the basic one.

IF you get it installed and IF you get it working. If it gets done sometime this year. IF you are lucky enough to get a trained installer. IF the guys at the NOC set you up correctly, then DSL is OK.

Believe me, I don't want to give JRBlock any money, but the Buckeye-Cable is reliable, quick, and they do have much better local service.


Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

at the wireless router . It comes on for 20 seconds , service is interrupted. This happens once or twice a week.

cogitate i was having that problem too, call the service people and get them to check your line, they will do 2 tests, one from their office then they will schedule a tech to come out and check the outside line, thats what happened to me, it turned out to be a bad line outside and i haven't had that problem since.

Maybe you guys didn't see this or don't care
I would never do business with such a company no matter what kind of service they provide.

Pete - nothing to see here.

When Bush listened to everyone's phone calls and read everyone's emails it was to keep us safe.

When Obama wants to provide a low cost public health insurance plan, he's just like the Soviets.

"When Obama wants to provide a low cost public health insurance plan, he's just like the Soviets..."

More like the Soviets, Nazis, COBRA, and Gargamel all rolled into one.


When Obama wants to provide a low cost public health insurance plan, he's just like the Soviets.

define low cost - trillions?

I don't think so Billy. I think it's likely to be what ever is bigger than trillions.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

"low cost" for Americans to buy into.

Hell, I wish I could buy into a public plan for a $1000 per month, but my family is uninsurable. If I could, I go into business for myself, but unfortunately, I'm destined to work for a corporation my entire life to ensure my family has health insurance.

I don’t get to start a small business, grow it, and hire others because my family has some health issues. The system is really messed up.

"...IF you get it installed and IF you get it working. If it gets done sometime this year. IF you are lucky enough to get a trained installer...."

This is exactly the experience I had with AT&T last year. I agreed to switch from Buckeye to U-Verse. I subsequently witnessed the highest degree of incompetence I've ever seen in my life. I had an "installer" in my house for 4-5 hours, and he couldn't get ANYTHING switched over. AT&T called me a few times after that, asking ME what was going on, and couldn't ever seem to get anyone else out to fix the problem. After a couple of months, I never heard from them again. All the while, my Buckeye phone/internet/cable service continued reliably and uninterrupted.

Just a few days ago, another door-to-door salesman from AT&T stopped by. Needless to say, I wasn't persuaded to give them another chance.

Sorry to hear of your experience. Doesn't sound good for U-verse. I'm just wish we had competition for cable here in Sylvania. Buckeye has great service, but the expense is killing me. Almost $79/month for cable with no premuim services. It goes up like clockwork $3-4 per year. My parents live in Waterville and their
cable is about half the price for the same channels due
to competition. Forget who their cable company is now, but they have a choice between Buckeye and another cable company.

I use Buckeye cable service, there being very few alternatives in Sylvania Township. Anyway, the cable does a good enough job.

As far as the privacy issue, email isn't private and never will be unless the email system changes radically. I fully expect all my communications to be monitored by the Federal Government, mainly because they can. I also know that sifting through all that data in search of my remark about guns and the tree of liberty is far beyond them. Furthermore, my racial profile does not fit the standard terrorist - how many old, fat white guys have signed up for Terrorism 101 in YouNameItStan this year? How many survived the first week of basic training?

That AT&T capitulated to the government without a second thought does not surprise me in the slightest. I find it mildly surprising that they got caught. Fractured logic dictates that AT&T is not alone, and that the others didn't get caught. So if AT&T offered me a better deal than Buckeye, I'd take it. I don't believe I have any privacy anyway, so what am I giving up?

If you want privacy, go to Communist China.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

I currently have Time Warner Cable. It's the best cable I have ever had as Buckeye's service was expensive and comcast just sucked big time.

I have TWC because I am limited due to the rural location I now live. I did look into other options. If you're looking for t.v, phone, and internet bundled Verizon had the highest consumer report ratings last year because they have both their Fios for TV and they also have an agreement with DirecTV (which I haven't found a t.v. content retailer that could compete with what I got for the price with them).

Having a bundle was big for me at this location. The only reason I moved from DirecTV.


I had ATT dsl for many years. I got tired of it slowing down constantly. The trouble is ATT does NO preventive maintenance. They wait until it stops working completely before they do anything.

Much as I hate anything to do with JRB I switched to Buckeye cable and it's much faster.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

I've had U-Verse for almost a year now and have had no problems with it. I would recommend it to anyone.


Like 60 MInutes exposed he was doing in March of 2000, what was that for? Or was your boy just trying to find something to relieve himself after he lost his "intern"?




Television Broadcast February 27, 2000


STEVE KROFT, co-host:

If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there's a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country's largest intelligence agency. The top-secret Global Surveillance Network is called Echelon, and it's run by the National Security Agency and four English-speaking allies: Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

The mission is to eavesdrop on enemies of the state: foreign countries, terrorist groups and drug cartels. But in the process, Echelon's computers capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world.

How does it work, and what happens to all the information that's gathered? A lot of people have begun to ask that question, and some suspect that the information is being used for more than just catching bad guys.

(Footage of satellite; person talking on cell phone; fax machine; ATM being used; telephone pole and wires; radio towers)

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

I have no experience with ATT. Buckeye service people have been great! When my dog, my own dog, chewed through the wires outside, Buckeye service people fixed it with no additional cost to me. The service people and I talked about the best way to route the wires along the back of the house to prevent another "chew-through".

I have no desire to enrich JR, but I have the bundle, and my phone service is fine, too. Just remember, JR runs a relatively small corporation. ATT is a corporate giant. As little as JR may care about you and me, ATT cares much less!

I thought it was Alan Block who runs Buckeye??

As far as I know Alan's aspirations are along with running a successful and profitable business, without the political bent that his brother has.

Might not be JRB, but you can be sure he gets a piece of every dollar.....

Mama 'Burbs live in another Ohio city, and has U-Verse. No problems, and has features I wish I had. Out here in Sylvania, we're stuck with Buckeye or Verizon. We won't be getting Verizon's FIOS product anytime soon, because we are a tiny island for Verizon. My Time Warner service in another Ohio city was awful, I wish Verizon would runi FIOS in here so I didn't enrich JRB, even slightly......

I hate buckeye. I wish Google Fiber would have raised more of a ruckus. I hate paying 80 bucks a month for mediocre broadband. I hate the lack of competition and their abuse of it.


Wow! You pay $80 for broadband! You must have someone else other then buckeyeye because I don't pay much more than that and that includes cable and my phone from them.


for 12mbps, plus the 10 dollar penalty for not purchasing their TV package, its $79/mo. you probably get even lower speeds, instead opting for the "deal" that is their affiliated VOIP and Video services.

I know this is an older thread but I am wondering now how people feel about Uverse almost three years later? I'm thinking of switching over from Buckeye to Uverse but not sure if its worth the hassle or even if there is any money to be saved each month. Anyone care to comment now that has made the switch? Thanks!

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

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