Cut The Cord: Support & Information Page

Welcome to the
“Cut The Cord” & “Better Net!”
Support & Information Page!

"Cut the Cord" is a community presentation meant to help you get rid of the cost and limits of "cable TV" and replace it with the endless options available from online streaming. The original sessions were presented in person in 2016 and 2017 at library and town events all over CT, and are now continuing in virtual form, via Zoom.

“Better Net!” is a new companion presentation that picks up from the necessarily brief discussion of home internet in the CTC presentation, and fills in all the details of how to get the best possible internet and wifi service in your home or small business. (Prior participation in “Cut the Cord” is not necessary; this is a completely standalone presentation.)

Cut the Cord

While (even now, four years later) there's no shortage of information about "cord cutting" on the web, most of it is aimed at a more experienced audience familiar with the details of using the hardware, apps and other tools used to find and view streaming content. It's hard to wade through discussions of one product vs another, or one approach vs others, when you don't have an understanding of how the overall process works and what your options are.

My presentation, now adapted to virtual meetings on Zoom and similar apps, is aimed at regular TV watchers who are ready to tell Comcast, Cox, Charter and other cable companies to get lost... to take their high prices, rigid service options and endless customer service headaches to the virtual dump. We're at a point where even a non-technical Do-It-Yourselfer can replace cable TV (and cable phone service) with better options — cheaper, more flexible, and free of contracts and overhead costs.

Better Net!

Almost everyone hates their home internet service... and with good reason. The equipment is often whatever junk the service provider chooses to offer, it's often indifferently installed, and it's rarely set up and optimized for the best needs of the household. All of this is fixable, in relatively simple steps from basic changes to a complete replacement of the system right from the incoming service jack. Don't put up with glitchy operation, poor service, loss of wifi coverage in parts of the house or worries about security — fix it! This presentation will show you how.

Geared to cover the spectrum of interest, the material is broken into color-coded pages for the (almost) completely non-technical, the user who is confident making a few technical changes and the user with advanced technical knowledge. Whether it's learning specifically how to fix the problems yourself or a good grounding in what to ask for from your provider or a hired consultant, everyone who is unhappy with their internet service, security and costs will take away something useful!

The Presenter

I may be specially, if not uniquely qualified to give this presentation and help guide the average TV viewer and cable customer to a successful 'cord free' entertainment experience:

Old News: The Original 2016-17 Sessions

I had originally planned to give one small talk in my home town of Tolland, and perhaps a few in adjacent communities. Once the word went out among librarians and town rec managers, though, the interest in hosting a "Cut the Cord" session was overwhelming. The eventual list of sessions follows.

It was a lot of fun to give these presentations and over a year or so's rotation they could have gone on for a long time... but in August 2017 I moved to Denver, Colorado. Oh, well.

But then came the Zoom era... so it's all back!


Town (all in CT) Day, Date & Time Attendance
Tolland October 26 (2016) 40*
Tolland November 16 45*
Manchester January 12 (2017) 180*
Trumbull January 19 100*
Canton (1) January 21 80*
Groton January 25 60*
Putnam January 28 50*
Canton (2) February 2 50
Milford February 8 125*
Bolton Thursday, March 9, 10:30am
DAY PROGRAM at the Senior Center
Pomfret Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm POSTPONED - TBA
Meriden Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm 80*
East Hampton Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm 25
Simsbury Tuesday, April 25, 6:30pm 75
Granby Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm 50
Coventry Wednesday, May 3, 6:30pm 35*
Ellington Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm 60*
North Stonington Wednesday, May 10, 6:30pm 25
North Haven Thursday, May 11, 6:30pm 50
Holland, MA Wednesday, May 17, 6:30pm
Community Center ( $5/person )
Somers Monday, May 22, 6:30pm 40
Wethersfield Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm 50
Newington Wednesday, May 31, 6:30pm 80*
Wallingford Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm 60
Cheshire Saturday, June 17, 2:00pm 100*
Brookfield Thursday, July 6, 7:00pm 100*
Lebanon Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm 49*
Glastonbury (1) Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm 53*
Hamden Tuesday, July 25, 6:30pm 160*
Glastonbury (2) Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm 60*
29 Sessions Total Attendees to Date:  1,927
End of the Run... Sorry!
Woodbridge Tuesday, October 3, 7:00pm CANCELLED
Waterbury Saturday, October 21, 2:00pm CANCELLED
Durham Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm CANCELLED
    *Full Room