Comcast Plans To Raise Subscriber Bandwidth Caps, Add Additional Data Options

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briansnj

And this is exactly why I WISH there was a choice for me in southern NJ!!!!!!!!!!!! Only game in town...Comcrap!!!!!! 5 miles way my neighbor is serviced by Comcrap and FIOS and he has FIOS. This is America...where is the gd freedom?????

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rubyhoward

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briansnj

spamming scumbag...

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big_montana

And this is why I no longer subscribe to Comcrap. I am a very happy Wide Open West subscriber with NO data caps, and 50Mbps/5Mbps internet service. My bill bill is also considerably cheaper than what Comcrap was charging me for a bundled services, and I get more channels (not that I watch them all)

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limitbreaker

Well, our Canadian media company started all of this unfortunately and it seems like other companies liked the idea. It all started when they offered new faster speeds on vdsl lines as opposed to the limited adsl lines. Maybe part of the idea was that if they were going to offer fast speeds like 12mbit and up they wanted some control over their bandwidth but the reality is that it wasn't in their interest to let netflix compete with their own sat or iptv business. The problem was that their cap was very low like 60gb per month and if you went over the usage fee was 2$ per gig for up to 60$ which is exagerated. Today they offer fibre optic to your house with speeds of 175mb up and down with 250gb which is reasonable considering it cost 120$ per month and with an overusage fee capped at 80$. With speeds like that and specialy because of the upload I understand why there needs to be a control on bandwidth, imagine the servers you could make at your own house with 175megabits up.

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pendar

A OC192 line can handle over 9 gigabytes, at a cost of $4000 per line, 600 people can have 15mb lines with 24/7 wide open access to the internet, cost per person is $6.66, even less because cable companies share that bandwidth with more than 600 people because not everyone is using it a max capacity, bottom line charge me 10 bucks more a month and give me unlimited access, so I can purchase more games and subscribe to Netflix again. I know Netflix offers a lower bandwidth to help people with data caps, but who wants to watch something with crappy video on there 1080p plasma or LCD,

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Hey.That_Dude

Don't know where you live but you obviously have your numbers wrong. Having looked into purchasing an OC-3 line for personal and professional reasons I will tell you that the price was almost $5000. If you don't think they charge more then you're nuts.
In addition an OC line requires... OPTICAL Carrier, which most companies won't let you touch for less then $2000, add into that a MONTHLY fee, cost of equipment that can actually move that much data around and in -30-125 degree weather(since it will inevitably be outside and passive networks have their limits).
Trust me when I say I'd love this, But no companies' going to stick their neck out like this. Even Verison stopped expanding FiOS.
If you want to complain to someone complain to the Government, who hasn't changed the definition of "High speed" in the last 10 years and still gives these idiots butt loads of cash for building their wireless internet because that's what people want and the Government is happy to subsidize a CRAPPY form of transmission instead of requiring the use of FTTP/H and having a steady increase in internet speed every year to make sure that internet companies keep pushing the envelope.

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pendar

All I can say is it was given to me by someone that works for a broadband company, so I can't say the info is accurate or he was telling the truth. Not sure if they get multi line discount or the fact its a cable company and that's the cost to maintain there own lines, he did say it was over 100k per line to install. So price may differ from what a company would pay like yours vs a provider. I thought it was reasonable since it's only 9 times faster than my home network lol, He did say distance was a factor in cost to. Also if you pay the huge install fees up front and not figured into a monthly bill may also be a factor as well, or he feed me complete BS, but thanks for the info.

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pendar

Do to offshore data mining being restricted, there is a shortage of bytes, there for caps are required, do to popular belief that data is available in unlimited quantities it is not true, they are mined from quartz crystals and transformed from bits to bytes in a complex sub-straight data refinery. Please uses your megabytes wisely.

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aarcane

If anything, there should be a two tier system (This applies to Mobile data as well) Where there is unlimited at one speed then a priority tier of data which is capped. For example, 250GB of "Blast Speed" usage in the example of Comcast, with unlimited slower speed transfers up to a certain speed. Further, the ability to use TCP priority tags to tell the ISP "Don't let this go any faster than the bulk speed", or "If necessary include this as part of the Blast speed to make it transfer quickly" for those of us advanced users with QOS systems in place. Additionally, if such a system is properly implemented, it should be documented of course.

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Fresh38

I thought some ISP's already practiced this sort throttling. If memory serves right, it was Comcast too.

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Carlidan

Happy with Time Warner because.......... NO DATA CAPPING!

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satanforaday

Same here.... Cant wait to see how much longer that last

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Carlidan

Yeah, still waiting for the ball to drop soon too.

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someuid

And where the !#%*^ is the DOJ and the FCC? Why do they always wait until the customer has been screwed over, bilked clean of their dollars and ground to dust before stepping in and whacking these big companies?

I hope Comcast pulls back, lowers caps and raisies prices. Its the only way to wake up our lazy judicial and oversight system and get them to respond.

I obviously need the work day to end so I can go home and enjoy my three day weekend.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

Considering how cheap bandwidth is I feel this "capping" system is a huge money grab, I don't mind slowing down my torrents when its peak time due to network load (they should still be investing in better networks) but the Cap idea doesn't sit very well.

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aarcane

The point of data caps is that ISPs don't want you using torrents or open source software or supporting freedom or streaming from Netflix and Hulu. It's bad for their bottom dollar of having you use their own proprietary services which conveniently enough seldom count toward the data caps.

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I Jedi

You don't really expect them to act against their own self-interest, do you, guys?

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Happy

If avoiding going against their own self interest means that they're breaking the law, then yes, we do expect them to go against their own self interest so as to follow the law and not screw the customer. And rightly so.

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