In its latest push to control the Internet, Comcast wants you to believe it’s just playing fair. Early in November the Cable-Internet giant expanded its plan to impose unnecessary broadband-usage caps on Comcast users in cities across the South.
Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas told the Associated Press that caps “introduce some more fairness” into the way Internet users pay for data. Comcast customers who exceed a monthly 300 Gigabyte usage cap will have additional fees tacked onto their monthly bill.
This is a bitter pill to swallow for millions of Comcast customers who’ve already seen their cable bills rise at many times the rate of inflation. Those hoping to save costs by cutting cable TV altogether now face a Comcast-Imposed scheme to choke-out the popular trend of watching TV over the Internet.
In documents leaked onto ‘Reddit’, Comcast instructs it customer service reps how to spin the Rexpansion of data caps. The argument favored by Comcast and other Internet service providers is that streaming a lot of data somehow hurts others on the network. For years’ providers have insisted that caps mitigate any congestion that might crop up if you’re, say, binging on “Orange Is the New Black”.
In the leaked documents, Comcast tells reps NOT to say that “the program is about congestion management (Because it’s not).” So if congestion isn’t the problem, how is imposing data caps fair?
Caps aren’t necessary to cover the expense of transmitting more data. After the expense of installing a high-capacity broadband line at a customer’s home, Comcast incurs almost no additional cost in terms of how much data you use. In essence, Comcast is imposing these arbitrary limits and penalties on customers simply because it can.
According to the FCC, 3 out of every 4 U.S. households have no choice of providers for an Internet service that meets most people’s requirement for home broadband today.
Its monopoly in place, the company has gone to great lengths to frustrate the efficient delivery of the richer media streams its customers request, including competing video and cloud based services.
Read Article (Timothy Karr | huffingtonpost.com | 11/11/2015)
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