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Choice is Good

Good news if you live in Dededo or Tumon. Now you have a choice in digital tv service providers: GTA Teleguam has launched their Digital TV service in the villages of Tumon and Dededo and will be expanding to other villages soon.
When I first signed up with MCV many many years ago, Guam Cable TV was the one other cable service provider on Guam. I paid $25 a month for basic cable service until Guam Cable TV closed up. Almost as soon as MCV became the sole cable service provider on Guam, they raised their rates and continued to raise them almost every year since. I don’t know how much basic cable service costs now because I don’t have cable anymore, but a year or so ago I think I was paying double the price I signed up for.
Competition is good all around. It helps to keep prices in check and pushes companies to improve their services and offer incentives to one-up their competitors. I can’t imagine what we’d be paying if Guamcell was the only cellular phone service provider on Guam or if Continental was the only airline on Guam. It’s always good to have a choice.

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4 Responses

  1. Les says:

    i pay 102.99 for cable and internet.. per month.. i have the 2nd highest speed with MCV for the internet..

  2. Jack says:

    Some of us have long memories, especially the way in 2002 and 2003 MCV continued to charge for services they couldn’t deliver after both typhoons that year…and discontinued service for those who didn’t pay as soon as they were able.
    As long as they had the monopoly, MCV continued to put the “cuss” in “customer service”. Even their phone ads that attacked GTA (and showed a serious lack of creativity as they were a blatant Apple commercial rip-off) left a bad taste in a lot of mouths. I can’t wait for GTA digital TV to get to my area!

  3. Les says:

    hmmm.. i was paying about 150.00 per month for internet and phone/internet service with GTA when i used them.. how much more will the cable cost?

  4. trench says:

    I have the same costs Les. Interested in this GTA pitch. I’m in Dededo! haha

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