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RIP, Alamedanet

Submitted by on 1, December 8, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

computer_clipart_pcHey folks: If you’ve got an Alamedanet.net e-mail address, its days are numbered. The folks at Comcast – which bought the Island’s troubled telecom a year ago – have issued a reminder that those addresses will go dark next Tuesday, December 15. And they want you to make the switch to ensure that important e-mails are not … lost … forever! (Insert demonic cartoon laugh here)

Comcast spokesman Andrew Johnson said the telecom has set up a utility that will help users transfer their old Alamedanet accounts to new Comcast addresses, at http://welcome.comcast.net/alameda/. Users who don’t make the switch themselves will see their mailboxes automatically migrated on the 15th, Johnson wrote in a press release.

And for those who don’t, here’s what will happen:

If customers do not move their alamedanet.net accounts over to Comcast.net mailboxes by December 15, this will lock out the customer from accessing their alamedanet.net account. The customer’s email will have transferred to Comcast.net, but they will need to user their “alameda_(username)” to view/retrieve the email.

If you’ve forgotten your Alamedanet login or password, you can call (866) 912-6305, and dial option 2, then option 2 again. You’ll get someone from IBBS, the company that manages alamedanet.net portal accounts.

Comcast bought what was then Alameda Power & Telecom’s flagging telecommunications business in November 2008 for $17 million, and they let the utility’s Internet subscribers keep their old addresses for a little more than a year. AP&T had just shy of 7,000 Internet subscribers in October 2008, the month before they sold their telecom business.

The addresses were the last vestige of the old telecom (save a few little lawsuits, anyway), which cost the city $60 million, according to early estimates.

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