Have you heard the term cord cutting, or cutting the cord? Well, I hope you didn’t take it literally! I’m sure you didn’t, but maybe you still aren’t sure if it’s something you want to do. It really depends on your situation, but these days it seems the incentives just keep getting better to at least give it a shot. So what is cord cutting? It’s giving up your cable or satellite provider (and maybe even phone) and replacing it with a robust high speed broadband internet connection, like Surfnet, and using apps to provide your content.
These days, content providers are in no short supply and seem to multiply on a daily basis. The quality of the content? Well, that’s always been in the eye of the beholder, anyway. There are a number of ways to access the content (I’ll refer to them as apps). Most smart TV’s come with a number of apps installed (and you can often add more), you just need to sign up with the individual app providers to access their content. Sometimes people also use Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon’s Firestick, and that’s just a few of the options for streaming media players.
There are also streaming services and if you have a smart TV, then you won’t likely need one of those streaming devices. Some of the more popular (and now award winning) providers are Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. So, to figure out if cord cutting is for you, you’ll need to figure out which content (movie, sitcoms, documentaries, sports, etc.) you want continued access to and check out the different options. You will likely discover plenty of new content that you don’t currently have, as well. The trick is to price it out. Most providers charge a monthly subscription fee and you’ll want to make sure that you stay within your budget before you make the leap. We managed to save quite a bit of money when we abandoned satellite service. Yes, that means you will need to do a little homework. Fortunately, there are resources online that will help you with that. I suggest starting out at https://cordcutting.com/.
At my house, we actually cut the cord several years ago. At the time, our children were pretty upset about losing some content that satellite provided, but it didn’t take long for them to make new favorites. Nowadays, it’s not unusual to hear them “dissing” satellite and cable providers, but maybe that’s just a teenager thing. The other thing they can happily do with high speed internet is play online gaming. This is another common reason that people sign up for Surfnet Communications internet service.
Lastly, we opted to give up our home phone service about a year and a half ago. This seemed a little scarier, at first, because that cord seemed to be more critical. Almost like an umbilical cord. Just kidding. We all have cell phones with decent coverage, the main issue was what to use for a home number, since that is required with so many different accounts and entities (utilities, bank accounts, government resources, etc.). I didn’t want my cell phone on all those forms! So, we looked into VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and ended up getting Google Voice. It can forward to another phone or go to voicemail (that’s what we chose). You can even buy a VOIP adapter for your regular phone if you still want to use a separate home phone. There are other VOIP providers like Ooma, Ring Central, and Magic Jack. To learn more about VOIP you can visit https://www.voip-info.org/.