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Sad Tales About Executives’ Lives Disrupted By Never-to-Be GreatLand Communications Are Breaking Our Hearts

Phillip Dampier May 13, 2015 Comcast/Xfinity, Consumer News, Editorial & Site News, GreatLand Connections, Insight, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum Comments Off on Sad Tales About Executives’ Lives Disrupted By Never-to-Be GreatLand Communications Are Breaking Our Hearts

CryingTowel1The would-be CEO picked to head the illegitimate child of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger wants your sympathy and understanding over the loss of bulging signing bonuses, pay packages, and benefits with the demise of the cable company that never was: GreatLand Connections.

While about 2.5 million customers in Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky braced for the arrival of their new cable company — one that lacked letterhead, much less any track record or experience — executives shared a box of tissues contemplating the wasted stress of moving their children from one exclusive private school to another in the ‘barren cultural wasteland’ of the midwest.

“The people aspect of this is just breathtaking,” said GreatLand’s never CEO Michael Willner, who has now been sidelined by Time Warner Cable twice – once when the company he used to oversee, Insight Communications, was absorbed into the Time Warner hegemony and now a second time, when the rug was pulled out of the cable company he was hired to run. “For 14 months this deal was meandering through the regulatory process, for whatever reason they just decided that after all the planning and all the money and all the people commitment and people who had moved to other cities, and planning to move for other cities for new jobs – there were even a few people who were told they wouldn’t have jobs after the close – they just decided there was no way to do the deal. It was unprecedented.”

Willner can keep on smiling.

Willner can keep on smiling.

Willner told his sad tale to Multichannel News, noting (thank goodness) there wasn’t a giant warehouse in the midwest full of GreatLand truck decals looking for a new home. In fact Willner spent the last 14 months preoccupied with filling 15-20 top senior vice president and vice president management positions, dangling lucrative pay and bonus offers to convince executives to move their elite east coast families to a state like… Kentucky. Time Warner Cable treasurer Matt Siegel, his biggest catch, had already bitten and was considering his new home options.

Meanwhile, nervous employees of the systems scheduled to be thrown overboard by Comcast forced Willner to personally stop by their offices several times over the past 14 months to reassure them they did not have anything to worry about.

“All the people going to GreatLand were Comcast people,” Willner said, claiming, “These employees loved working for Comcast. I had to convince them that life would be OK with us. It took me awhile.”

Willner did not bother reassuring affected customers.

In the end, it was all for naught.

“When they said ‘We’re done,’ we were done too,” Willner cried after the Comcast-TWC deal swirled in the bowl.

Despite the “unprecedented” disruption, Willner and his would-be executives all landed on their feet. Siegel went back to Time Warner Cable, most of the other executives stayed with Comcast and Willner himself did not have to skip a beat, instantly resuming his old job as CEO of video software company Penthera Partners.

Insight to Time Warner Cable Conversion Gets Rocky in Kentucky

Phillip Dampier June 12, 2013 Consumer News, Insight, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, Video Comments Off on Insight to Time Warner Cable Conversion Gets Rocky in Kentucky
Insight is disappearing after Time Warner Cable bought the cable operator. It is in the process of converting subscribers to Time Warner's own systems.

Insight is disappearing after Time Warner Cable bought the cable operator. It is in the process of converting subscribers to Time Warner’s own systems.

Some of more than 730,000 former Insight subscribers across Kentucky were without phone service after Time Warner Cable failed to successfully transfer them to a new platform.

Time Warner Cable had similar problems transitioning customers in Indiana, many unable to successfully navigate through a new online service agreement and e-mail address selection process.

Bob Mueller, a Florence-based financial planner, told Cincinnati.com it took nearly two days get his office line working again and his staff was still trying late Tuesday afternoon.

“We had massive problems with Insight before the changeover, and now we had problems with Time Warner,” Mueller told the newspaper. “This is not getting off to a very good start, but there aren’t a lot of other options. We’ve been at this for two days and no luck.”

Time Warner Cable denied there were any serious problems, but admitted call volumes were higher than usual. The company said it registered 40,000 new voice mail accounts throughout the state and migrated 200,000 phone customers since the weekend.

Internet customers will be moved to Time Warner Cable next week.

WDRB in Louisville noted long hold times for new Time Warner Cable customers in excess of 30 minutes. (1 minute)

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

Phillip Dampier May 6, 2013 Consumer News, HissyFitWatch, Insight, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, Video Comments Off on Time Warner Bungles Insight Cable Conversion in Indiana: Phone/Internet Service Gone

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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.

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)

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

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)

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)

Say Goodbye to Insight Cable, Time Warner Cable Has Arrived

Phillip Dampier March 20, 2013 Consumer News, Insight, Time Warner Cable/Spectrum, Video Comments Off on Say Goodbye to Insight Cable, Time Warner Cable Has Arrived

insightOver the next three months, customers of Insight Cable will notice some major changes from their cable operator.

New owner Time Warner Cable is retiring the Insight name for good and replacing it with their own.

Customers will gradually see Time Warner Cable’s logo introduced on company trucks, billing statements, channel guides, and all correspondence.

The company promises one thing is not changing for now: your rates. But that promise won’t last long. Time Warner adjusts rates annually.

Time Warner Cable will also leave current channel lineups in place, but expect to see technology upgrades that will deliver services like online video and faster broadband speeds that may not yet be available in all Insight Cable areas.

WCPO’s consumer reporter lets northern Kentucky subscribers know ‘Insight Cable’ is a name headed for the history books.  (1 minute)

Time Warner Customers Upset by Surprise Modem Fees Starting Nov. 1st With No Formal Notice

WSYR in Syracuse and WCPO in Cincinnati report Time Warner Cable and former Insight Cable customers are upset the cable company is introducing new modem rental charges on Nov. 1 in both areas, but the company has yet to directly notify customers the new fees are coming. WSYR covers the concerns of customers in central New York. (1 minute)

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