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Hooked up New Charter Modem-Problem Ever Since Then

I got a letter from Charter a few weeks ago asking me to come in and replace my modem for free with a new modem that was capable of higher speeds. So I did so. The speeds were faster. But the connection is down about every other day.

I went back today to get another modem (Scientific Atlanta). When I called the tech to set it up, he says they can tell I have it, but they can't "provision the MAC ID Address". So I hang up, and within minutes, I'm connected. But he "warned me", that I might be able to get on, but if they can't "provision it", I could loose the connection at any time.

What's going on here, are cable companies passing out useless free modems? Is this a scenario of "you get what you pay for". I feel like I should just go buy one at Best Buy and move on. The guy at Charter was very nice about it, he sounded like he was just as preplexed as me.

Any advice anyone?

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