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Time Warner Bungles Insight Cable Conversion in Indiana: Phone/Internet Service Gone

Phillip Dampier May 6, 2013 Consumer News, HissyFitWatch, Insight, TWC (see Charter), Video No Comments

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Former Insight Cable customers in Evansville, Ind. are fuming after the company’s new owner temporarily left them without phone or Internet service, with nobody available to explain why.

Time Warner Cable attempted to convert Insight customers to its own platform last week, interrupting service in the process. Affected customers quickly jammed customer service lines, leading some to visit local cable offices to straighten things out.

Time Warner Cable will convert former Insight customers in Kentucky and Ohio to its own platform starting in June.

Time Warner Cable will convert former Insight customers in Kentucky and Ohio to its own platform starting in June.

“Right now, I have no Internet,” said Insight customer Claudia Congleton. “I tried to call them three or four times today. No one answers. You’re waiting for over 30 minutes and so that’s why I’m down here. I’m just going to come down here and talk to them about it.”

“It’s so frustrating,” Congleton told Tristate News.

Time Warner blamed the problems on “minor glitches” during the customer conversion process, which began in Evansville on April 29. A larger transition is planned in Kentucky in mid-June, with former Insight customers in Columbus, Ohio moved later that same month.

When Time Warner Cable launched the conversion in Indiana, broadband customers whose names ended in letters “A” through “K” were redirected to a web page that required them to re-register broadband service and select a new twc.com e-mail address to replace their existing Insight e-mail account. Customers who either failed to complete the registration process or who tried during peak usage times often found their Internet service interrupted. Similar problems occurred with phone customers.

Some customers were unhappy with the cable company’s optimistic predictions of a quick fix.

“They lied to me,” said Insight customer Mary Jackson.  “I am so upset because they lied to me.”

Jackson visited the Evansville cable office to report her phone and Internet service were out and the company promised a same-day fix. A day later it was still out.

[flv width=”480″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WTVW Evansville Time Warner Transition Step By Step 5-1-13.flv[/flv]

Here is how the transition was supposed to take place between Insight Cable and Time Warner. WTVW in Evansville walks customers through the conversion process.  (2 minutes)

 [flv width=”640″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WFIE Evansville Broadband Problems 5-1-13.mp4[/flv]

WFIE in Evansville reports how things actually went. Not so good, reported a number of customers.  (1 minute)

[flv width=”480″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WTVW Evansville Time Warner Cable Customers Look For Answers 5-1-13.flv[/flv]

The next day, Time Warner Cable customers who could not get through to the company by phone were down at this Time Warner Cable office in Evansville looking for answers, as WTVW reports.  (2 minutes)

[flv width=”640″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WFIE Evansville Insight Switch 5-3-13.mp4[/flv]

The following day, some customers were still without service. WFIE talks to one Time Warner Cable customer upset she still did not have phone service.  (1 minute)

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