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Comcast to limit customers broadband usage

Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:20 AM

Read the whole story here.... http://news.yahoo.co...ast_internet_dc

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, said on Thursday it will cap customers' Internet usage starting October 1, in a bid to ensure the best service for the vast majority of its subscribers.

Comcast said it was setting a monthly data usage threshold of 250 gigabytes per account for all residential high-speed Internet customers, or the equivalent of 50 million e-mails or 124 standard-definition movies.

"If a customer exceeds more than 250 GB and is one of the heaviest data users who consume the most data on our high-speed Internet service, he or she may receive a call from Comcast's Customer Security Assurance (CSA) group to notify them of excessive use," according to the company's updated Frequently Asked Questions on Excessive Use.

Customers who top 250 GB in a month twice in a six-month timeframe could have service terminated for a year.

Comcast said up to 99 percent of its 14 million Internet subscribers would not be affected by the new threshold, which it said would help ensure the quality of Internet delivery is not degraded by a minority of heavy users.

U.S. Internet subscribers are typically not aware of any limit on their Internet usage once they sign up to pay a flat monthly fee to their service provider.


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Re: Comcast to limit customers broadband usage

Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:34 AM

That is complete bullshit. The courts ordered them to stop throttling people's internet, now we are imposing limits on broadband service?

THAT COMPLETELY VOIDS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF BROADBAND. PEOPLE DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR DIAL UP!

Comcast needs to up their infrastructure if they can't handle all the traffic. i hope every one switches and the company dies a slow painful death.

A cap, seriously? We all might as well go back to dial up AOL service FFS!
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Re: Comcast to limit customers broadband usage

Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:50 AM

Bell has been doing this for years, but only got caught a few months ago. I haven't noticed anything too severe, but they claim to only be blocking torrent and similar downloads during peak times.
It just proves that the people who come up with this stuff, have no idea what they are talking about. Legal torrents are common place and now slowed down, sometimes I can barely access my domains, because my ftp traffic has been limited.
We should be installing fiber optic cables, not decreasing the service we already have.
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