Hartford’s ‘Mystery’ Bridge: Why Is It There?

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The "mystery" bridge, with cars, looking west from the Route 15 on-ramp from I-91 north. (Google Street View)

The “mystery” bridge, with cars, looking west from the Route 15 on-ramp from I-91 north. (Google Street View)


This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

A mystery bridge where I-91 and a real bridge, the Charter Oak, meet in Hartford is today’s entry in this edition of “Is It Just Me?” — where no question is too small for The Bottom Line.

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Mortgage Rates Higher: 30-Year Averages 4.40 Percent

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Mortgage rates pushed higher in the past week as 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 4.40 percent nationally in the past week, according to data released Thursday morning by Freddie Mac.
Fifteen-year rates averaged 4.32 in the past week. The previous week, 30-year averaged 4.32 and 15-year averaged 3.32.

The numbers in New England:

This week:
30-year: 4.41 percent
15-year: 3.45 percent

Last week:
30-year: 4.32 percent
15-year: 3.32 percent

A year ago:
30-year: 3.60 percent
15-year: 2.79 percent

Consumer Reports Survey: Ooma Top Phone Service, Verizon FiOS Top Bundle

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Ooma is the top phone service and Verizon FiOS the national leader in customer satisfaction for bundled services that include Internet, TV and phone service, according to Consumer Reports’ latest subscriber survey, released Tuesday morning.
Subscribers remain dissatisfied with the value of bundled services, including Verizon’s.

The full report is available in the May issue of Consumer Reports.


The top phone services:
1.Ooma (VOIP)
2 WOW (VOIP)
3 Vonage (VOIP)
4 SuddenLink (VOIP)
5 MagicJack (VOIP)
6 Bright House Networks (VOIP)
7 Verizon FiOS (Fiber Optic)
8 RCN (VOIP)
9 Cablevision/Optimum (VOIP)
10 Cox (VOIP)

Where To Find One Of Comcast’s 300,000 NE Hotspot

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COMCAST POWERS 300,000 XFINITY WIFI HOTSPOTS IN NEW ENGLAND

Comcast has reached 300,000 Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in New England.
Xfinity is the fastest and has more hotspots than any other WiFi network in the region, nation
Xfinity customers, as part of their monthly services, can access this service by selecting “xfinitywifi” from the available networks on their mobile device or laptop. You will need a Comcast ID or email and password for the initial connection.

To find the nearest hotspot, download the Xfinity Wi-Fi App (iOS and Android) or use the finder map here.

Mortgage Rates Down: 30-Year At 4.32 Percent

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Mortgage rates dipped in the past week, with 30-year fixed rates averaging 4.32 nationally and 15-year rates at 3.32 percent, according to data released Thursday morning by Freddie Mac.
A week ago, 30-year rates averaged 4.37 percent, 15-year rates 3.38 percent.

The numbers in New England:

This week:
30-year: 4.32 percent
15-year: 3.32 percent

Last week:
30-year: 4.36 percent
15-year: 3.37 percent

A year ago:
30-year: 3.57 percent
15-year: 2.75 percent

Software Deactivates, But Staples, Microsoft Won’t Help

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Today’s Bottom Line column:

Welcome to “Password,” the new reality show that follows people who forget user names and log-ins to important accounts, then become increasingly annoyed, frustrated and baffled when they cannot recover them.

Our first contestant, Paul Drury of Glastonbury, locked himself out of Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013 and Microsoft Access 2013 in February after trying to fix an ongoing issue with Outlook.

“This resulted in all of my office applications converted to Office 365 and deactivated,” Drury says.

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How Do Electricity Suppliers Get Away With It?

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(Courant File Photo)

(Courant File Photo)

This weekend’s Bottom Line column:

If you can name the company that supplies your home’s electricity, the monthly rate, whether it’s fixed or variable, the contract length and possible cancellation fees, maybe you’re not among the hundreds of people who have complained this year about rate spikes or lined up to speak at one of five public hearings about the state’s alternate electricity suppliers.

To everyone else: Have you checked your electric bill lately?

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