cablevision of Marion County FL
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#1 Oct 30, 2010
I am outraged at this company. My elderly mother in law lives in Palm Cay a 55+ community. She lives alone and has one computer.She received a letter in the mail from cablevision stating that she downloads more than the average resident in Palm Cay and they are going to charge her $200 a month for internet service. She doesn't even turn her computer on. When we called cablevision they said she probably has a virus. We checked and she does not have a virus. Then
they said someone was stealing her internet that lived on sr 200. Again not true. To boot every resident in Palm Cay must pay a monthly cable bill to cablevision even if they do not want cable tv.This company is taking advantage of these residents.When I asked why they charge what they charge, The reply was "If you don't like it, then move. You shouldn't have bought a house in Palm Cay,It's in your contract and if you don't pay us every month we will put a lean on your house" Welcome to Ocala.
#2 Oct 30, 2010
They canNOT put a LIEN on your house. There are over 2 dozen in Palm Cay NOT PAYING CABLEVISION anything. Lawyers have been hired. Congressmen have been notified. Complaints have been made to the FCC in Washington DC and the Better Business Bureau. Cable TV in Palm Cay was once owned by the same people that developed it. They sold off the pieces - common area, cable, water, etc. to outside companies. Because Cable is not part of the monthly Homeowner fee, we feel it is not manditory and are fighting it. I get my internet from the phone company. I get my TV from Dish. Many are like me. Contact the Palm Cay Homeowners Association for updates to decide if you want to take the risk and not pay.
I sent certified letters to disconnect, not reduce to the minimum, but to stop all service. They ignored me and bill me every month - about $13 plus $10 late charge. My bill is now over $500.00. There are many like me.
THEY CANNOT PUT A LIEN ON THE HOUSE.
#3 Mar 3, 2011
I am in the process of buying a house in Palm Cay and need more information on what the monthly HOA cable charges are.
I currently have comcast service in another state and I subscribed to one of their packages that give me the following stations Basic, USA, SyFY, TNT, TCM, MSNBC, CNN, FNC,CNBC FAM, AMC, History, TBS, Life and C-Span, the rest I really don't care about. Does anyone know the cost of this type of package. Comcast is very expensive here.
Can I install a Dish? the HOA rules state that I can't, but I know the FCC has changed that.
Any information would be extreamly helpful since like a lot of other people I am on a limited income.
#4 Mar 11, 2011
I am delighted to hear that Cablevision wants to charge you more for excessive downloading. Please, let me explain why. The reason is that I know that "I am not crazy". I am online only very little; perhaps an hour a day on average. I too just received the very same notice as you. I almost fell over. Now that a pattern has been found there is
clearly a foundation for a law suit. Please continue to report this absurdity and post it on Ocala Forum. Perhaps someone with a good lawyer in the family may wish to post a single number if a class action suit is possible. This particular company need a real "attitude adjustment". Please folks; do not let them get away with this. I wonder if you agree that perhaps it is better for us to not dump them at this point; instead, take them to court. I want them to suffer for this outrageous scheme.
#5 Jul 12, 2011
After tolerating lousy service, high fees and arrogant office personell for the last 13 years with this cable co.(cablevision of marion co.), I cancelled my service for a far superior home network provided by century link. Phone, internet and Prism TV. A wonderful system. I live in a gated community where basic tv is paid for by contract with amenity fees. Since (according to them) they are required by the contract to continue to provide those basic tv services (channel 2-13) they charged me a $25 downgrade fee. I can't find anything in writing that I ever agreed to pay. Can they just randomly charge me?
#6 Dec 9, 2011
I suggest that at least 20 people against this tyrant cable character stand off the road (not on his parking area) and petition the store. Get media attention. Get County attention. Get National attention. All these notes and love letters to cable has them simply laughing all the way to the bank.
#7 Dec 10, 2011
In the past month, I understand that Cablevision has sent over 100 certified letters from a law firm to residece in Palm Cay that have refused to pay their monthly Cable vision charge. I was one of them.
Please advise if anyone that has received these certified letters contacted a lawyer to date. If so please supply name and address of lawyer.
#8 Feb 4, 2012
We recently spoke with our attorney about the letter sent by his office on Oct 21st to CMC's attorney on our behalf to dispute the validity of the debt that CMC thinks we owe to them. He noted in the letter that we disputed the debt because there are NO provisions in our covenants that allow CMC to force cable on us. Our attorney specifially directed their attorney to:
1. Cease all further communication with us
2. Provide our attorney with verification of the purported debt, and
3. Provide our attorney with the name and address of the original creditor (if different from the current creditor).
As of this post, our attorney still has NOT heard anything whatsoever from their attorney on this matter. It appears that CMC is full of hot air and cannot enforce their threats, since they have NO legal authhority to force Palm Cay residents to pay for their service if they should not desire that service.
Sadly, we have heard that some people were intimidated by CMC's threats. Anyone who paid anything to CMC should be forewarned that they will not have the ability at any time in the future to ever recoup the money they paid this cable company.
Unfortunately, our attorney is not able to accept anymore clients on this matter.
#9 Jul 19, 2012
A lawsuit has been filed against CoMC and will go to courtin Sept.
CoMC hid an "operating agreement" created by Mr and Mrs Kurtz,
previous owners of Palm Cay amenities. See my comments undeer Palm Cay cablevision lawsuit.
#10 Jul 19, 2012
A lawsuit has been filed against CoMC on the mandatory charges. Every lawyer homeowners have contacted have advised that the mandatory fees cannot be inforced. We have notified the FCC that
the CoMC response to our original complaint was either false or incomplete. The penalty for that is a felony. The CoMC claim is based on a made up document not part of the legal Declarations.
We have just discovered this website and will post more information
as it is available.
#11 Jul 19, 2012
I hope you did not buy...but if you did you need to know that a lawsuit has been filed against CoMC and will be in court in Sept.
We need residents to testify about their experience with CoMC.
The claim CoMC has asserted is a document created by the past owners of the amenities (K4). There will be a homeowners meeting in August to discuss a plan to get 75% of the homeowners to throw out the current Declarations, kill cable service once and forall.
We will use topiz to contact anyone who uses this website.
#12 Jul 19, 2012
A lawsuit has been filed against CoMC stating that they do not have the right to mandatory fees or the right to lien or foreclose on our homes. Also a meeting of homeowners is planned for August to discuss a 75% vote to throw out the existing Declarations..including any claim of CoMC and renegotiate a contract more favorable to homeowners. Keep looking at this website for more information.
#13 Jul 19, 2012
If you still live in Palm Cay you need to know that a lawsuit has been filed against CoMC asserting that they do not have the authority to charge mandatory fees in Palm Cay. We finally discovered that there is a "secret operating agreement" created by K4 in 1999. The document was hidden from 1999 to present. CoMC finally disclosed the made up document because of the lawsuit.
A homeowners meeting is being scheduled in August to discuss the lawsuit and solicit a 75% vote of the homeowners to throw out the existing Declarations and kill cable service in Palm Cay.
#14 Jul 19, 2012
Hello Harry. I have not quit. We have filed a lawsuit against CoMC that will go to court in Sept. We are also planning a community meeting in August to discuss the lawsuit and announce a plan to get
75% vote to throw out the existing Declarations and renegotiate a better agreement for the homeowners. Terminating the existing Declarations will kill the cablevision matter.
We have also gone back to the FCC based on a 2011 additional order, FCC 10-35 which clarifies the exclusivity and bulk billing questions. Also CoMC may have committed a felony if they did not truthfully respond to the request for information on the original complaing. You will be hearing from us soom on our own website.
Talk to you later.
#15 Jul 19, 2012
A lawsuit has been filed against CoMC and will be heard in September.
A flyer will be distributed announcing a community meeting to discuss the lawsuit and getting agreement to have a 75% vote of the members to get rid of the existing Declarations and negotiate a more equitable agreement with LPA, LLC. See you soon
#16 Oct 20, 2012
I have owned my home in Palm Cay for ten years. Cable has always been a problem for people in our community.
The original contract with Comcast was made when the community first started, back about fifteen or sixteen years ago. At that time, all residents agreed to pay what was a nominal monthly fee (much lower than other non-Palm Cay residents around SR 200) in exchange for a very low monthly seal-in rate. Everything was fine for a few years, till better services were made available, such as Dish and DirectTV, and people chose to use them instead of (or actually along with) the Comcast we were sealed into legally.
I have DirectTV and have had it for the past five years. I pay my monthly Comcast bill (which is roughly $15 monthly), and I choose to pay for the DirectTV service I prefer as well, since I cannot yet get out of the Comcast deal that I never signed into anyway…
Many of us have been trying to get out of the original Comcast contract for years, but since the fee is pretty nominal, until now, most of us have not kicked up that much. As you travel throughout the community, you'll notice that about 2 out of every 6 homes has dish of some sort—along with the Comcast we are all previously committed to under duress.
When I first moved in, I tried using the Comcast service. To say it was the "pits" is an understatement. It seems now that out of desperation, Comcast is trying like all heck to hold on by the skin of their teeth to Palm Cay, no matter what the residents in our community want. They are trying to hold the current residents’(most who were not part of the original contract deal of 15 years ago anyway) feet to the fire for a payment that has been met more than ten-fold over the years. It's ridiculous. Hopefully, this coming Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 2:30 p.m., many of our "Palm-Cayers" are planning to show up at the Ocala Court House and protest the situation that Comcast is trying to hold us all to. If we’re lucky, the local the news will give us good coverage and the powerful and useless company called Comcast will bow out from sheer embarrassment and finally leave us all in peace. At least we can hope.
Please don't judge this community by its current cable mess. It's really a lovely place to live, and we are many good neighbors who enjoy our lives within the community. There's always one bad apple, as our mothers used to say...Best Wishes upon your entrance to Palm Cay, Roberta Casper
#17 Oct 21, 2012
Just to clarify the above comment. It is not Comcast. It is Cablevision of Marion County. I don't believe they are the same company at all.
#18 Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, Shelby. You're right and I stand corrected on the company's name.
Sincerely Roberta Casper
#19 Oct 22, 2012
IMPORTANT NOTICE - CABLEVISION
COURT DATE - WEDNESDAY - 10/24
CABLEVISION COURT HEARING IS GOING TO BE HELD IN THE JUDGES CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY 10/24 AT 2:30PM IN THE MARION COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
WAS TOLD THAT NO COURT ROOM WAS AVAILABLE THAT IS WHY IS IS BEING HELD IN THE JUDGES CHAMBERS.
EVERYONE THAT IS INTERESTED AND WANTS TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT WILL BE MEETING ON THE 5th FLOOR LOBBY OF THE COURTHOUSE.
#20 Nov 4, 2012
The de-regulation of exclusivity contracts with cable was upheld in court on 10/29/2012. We are preparing for appellate court, knowing most assuredly that will be the next legal battle waged by Cablevision of Marion County against us.
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