Internet scam in San Juan County?

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Earlier this week, plastic signs sprouted up along roadsides across San Juan County promising high-speed internet. The signs have no company logo, and the first time I called the 800 number it went straight to voicemail. The number then called me back, even though I did not leave a message, and I talked to a representative who promised high-speed satellite internet services would be installed at my home if I put $180 down. Two to three weeks after making the down payment, the representative promised, I would receive a $200 Visa gift card in the mail.

Too good to be true? Probably.

The name I was given for the company, Home Fusion Services, returns no search results from Google. Verizon offered an internet program in the early 2010s called HomeFusion, but it’s since been disbanded. The Better Business Bureau lists a number of complaints related to an internet company called Hyper Fusion Technologies. Interestingly, the representative told me his company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, but a search for Home Fusion Services returns no results.

It’s possible the company is a legitimate, fledgling rural internet provider. If anyone has had success with Home Fusion Services in the past, please don’t hesitate to post in the comments below. But until proven otherwise…Buyer beware.

Note: The signs are unrelated to a high-speed fiber optic line that is currently being extended from Blanding through White Mesa by Emery Telecom. State and federal funds totaling $10 million have been secured and there are plans to extend the lines to Bluff, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Mountain, and surrounding communities over the next several years. A meeting to discuss the project will be held at 11 a.m. in White Mesa on March 23, 2019.