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Comcast may roll out data caps for all customers within five years


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:59 AM

Comcast may roll out data caps for all customers within five years
 
So much for Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable being good for your internet service. The cable giant's David Cohen tells investors that he expects "usage-based billing" (that is, data caps with overage fees) to reach all Comcast customers within five years....
 
 
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#2 ONLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 06:59 AM

Hmmm... I think the whole data caps with the cable companies has less to do with capacity and more to do with limiting competion like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:50 AM

Absolutely, particularly with Comcast's Streampix. 

 

It's going to get ugly. For a while, my parent's DSL provider, Frontier, had an acceptable use policy defining it as 5gb a month. Companies they partnered with were exempt. So if you used Carbonite for online backup, it didn't count, but Mozy did etc.



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:11 AM

 

"Five years ago I don't know that I would have heard of something called an iPad," he says.

David Cohen is a moron. I've got TWC's top internet offering of 56mb down/6mb up. If they impose caps on that tier of service, I'll find another way to get internet service.


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:54 AM

Hmmm... I think the whole data caps with the cable companies has less to do with capacity and more to do with limiting competion like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.

Pretty shrewed to charge Netflix for better access and charge customers a premium to watch it.


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 12:32 PM

Fortunately, by the end of 2017, my city will be offering 1 gigabit up/down, for $50/month, over fiber. This will be city owned and operated by our city owned electric utility. Comcast and CenturyLink (formerly QWest) fought hard against Longmont, Colorado to run its own internet service. They went as far to getting a law passed making it illegal, fro municipal run internet, unless the voters of a city approved it, ballot. It took two elections, but this was approved in 2013. In an earlier election, they spent millions to block it The city, already has in place a fiber loop, which serves the city, local school district, county offices and a few large businesses. Called it victory against corporate greed.

 

It is is only recent (past two years)  that Comcast and CenturyLink improved their speend. When i first move dto Longmont, all you could get dial up and it maximum speed was 11k (That is not a typo). In 2000 Qwest started to provide speedy internet 1 gigabit down/ 500k up over DSL. Comcast came later with 2 gigabit down and 1 gigabit up. So, city residents were fed up with the private model and voted for a public owned model.

 

By the way, 102 years ago Longmont set up their own electric utility, because corporate greed would have been much more expensive to run electric lines from Denver to Longmont. The result? Longmont has the lowest electric rates in Colorado and some of the lowest in the country. So, yes, so called "socialism" does work. Oh yeah, in the 16 years I have lived here, I can count in minutes the time the power has gone out; nor more 3 hours total.

 

So, I cannot wait for my internet service speed improve immensely, and be charged half of what Comcast charges for 10 megebit up/50 megabit down.



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:35 PM

Was this wise to proclaim while they are trying to get approval for a merger?


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:20 PM

 

tells investors that he expects "usage-based billing"

 

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:56 PM

Visa, Master Card

 

Ford, Chevy

 

Burger King, McDonalds

 

DirecTV, DISH

 

 

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Why aren't there 2 completely separate internets ??



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:14 PM

Visa, Master Card

 

Ford, Chevy

 

Burger King, McDonalds

 

DirecTV, DISH

 

 

 . . . . . . . . . . 

 

 

 

Why aren't there 2 completely separate internets ??

For starters, none of your other examples are completely separate either.

 

Everything is tied together, one way or another, even if totally obscure to the outside viewer.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:12 AM

Update: Comcast has 'no plans' for internet caps despite testing them
 
Those statements that Comcast's David Cohen made about possible nationwide data caps within the next five years? He'd like you to forget them, please. As he explains in a follow-up statement, the company has "no plans to announce" such a policy. The company doesn't want to implement plans that hurt your internet experience, he says, arguing that reports took what he said "out of context." With that said, it's clear that Cohen has a narrow definition of what a data cap is....
 
 
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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:45 AM

As he explains in a follow-up statement, the company has "no plans to announce" such a policy.


OK, so they are planning unannounced data caps. :lol:
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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:04 AM

As he explains in a follow-up statement, the company has "no plans to announce" such a policy. The company doesn't want to implement plans that hurt your internet experience, he says, arguing that reports took what he said "out of context."

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 04:21 PM

Makes no sense. I have Comcast internet and have received a couple of emails warning me about data cap overage.  The email states that our area is one of Comcast "test" areas.  Specifically,  customers are allowed 3-overages or 3-strikes and then Comcast will  charge $10 extra for 50GB of extra data usage.  Their cap ceiling is currently at 250GB.  I still wonder how this ceiling was set.



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 05:34 PM

I never use near that amount.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

Makes no sense. I have Comcast internet and have received a couple of emails warning me about data cap overage.  The email states that our area is one of Comcast "test" areas.  Specifically,  customers are allowed 3-overages or 3-strikes and then Comcast will  charge $10 extra for 50GB of extra data usage.  Their cap ceiling is currently at 250GB.  I still wonder how this ceiling was set.

 

Actually the test markets are a 300GB cap. http://customer.comc...lans-expansion/






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