I just got an e-mail from Comcast that stated that the Usage meter is now available in my area. According to their e-mail:
"The current data usage allowance for the Comcast High-Speed Internet service is 250GB per month. This means that the vast majority of our customers – around 99% currently – will not come close to using 250GB of data in a month, and do not need to check the usage meter."
I thought I was in that 1% that is high user of bandwidth, but when I check my Usage meter I was only using about 80-100 GB a month. Comcast said they were doing so to help improve speeds, health, etc. I was one of the first people that doubted their explanation. I thought I would be one of those that would have to pay extra for going over the cap, but as long as the caps are high enough I guess they are doing this for the health of their network not to get extra money.
I can see it as being a lever to use against competitors.
A service provider might say, "Yes, our Internet cap is lower than our competitors, but you get to watch all the NBC, Bravo, and HGTV content you want -- on demand, streamed right to your set-top or PC -- without it counting against your cap."
Hey Phil, Interesting take on how ISP's will skirt the net neutrality ruling. You also raise another interesting point, that of; if the consumer’s bottom line is not affected, will they notice the content shift as long as their content is left intact?
I guess this is an approach that will eventually give way to the inevitable tiered broadband consumption fees tact on to our already outrageous cable or phone bills. Whether or not this raises the ire of a consumer advocate group concerning net neutrality is yet to be seen, I’m sure the FCC won’t even bother to raise an eyebrow.
I don't need to be your "friend," but I would like my real friends to be able to find ME, not some other Phil Harvey. That's why I'm using Google Profile and Twitter, but tapping the brakes on Facebook and giving up on LinkedIn.
Many enterprises view high-speed broadband connections as ubiquitous. Yet in about 20 percent of the country, businesses and their employees do not have access to even DSL connections. This shortcoming diminishes enterprises' ability to support their employees.
Yahoo's new CEO can't go back to what Yahoo was; that's how it got to what it is! Instead she has to look at something that Yahoo has always rejected, which is a relationship with the telcos and cablecos. They'd love a partner in creating service applications.
The FCC is throwing money at rural broadband empowerment, but it's dealing with the wrong problem. The real issue is how we get users who could get broadband but choose to reject it to change their minds. The answer lies with mobile technology – but it may surprise you!
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