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Comcast Internet Outage in 4 States

Submitted by: motoxbudd @ 08:55 AM | Monday, December 6, 2010 | (url: http://www.suntim...)

Subscribers in a four state area including; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota lost Internet connection last night at about 7:30 p.m.

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Google, Microsoft & Others Abandon Network Neutrality.

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:34 AM | Monday, December 15, 2008 | (url: http://online.wsj...)

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic the same -- nobody is supposed to jump the line.

Separately, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have withdrawn quietly from a coalition formed two years ago to protect network neutrality. Each company has forged partnerships with the phone and cable companies.

Comcast will begin Bandwidth Capping October 1

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:21 PM | Thursday, August 28, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Comcast has announced that it will in fact be introducing bandwidth caps to all residential customers. The cap, which will go into effect as of October 1, will be 250GB per month. Comcast justifies the decision by saying that it's "an extremely large amount of data," and that a very large majority of customers will never cross it.

Comcast To Charge Overage Fees/Add Caps

Submitted by: Teratos @ 10:44 AM | Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | (url: http://www.dslrep...)

Not the first time a story like this has come out, but it has some comments from Comcast.

A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them. While still in the early stages of development, the plan -- as it stands now -- would work like this: all users get a 250GB per month cap. Users would get one free "slip up" in a twelve month period, after which users would pay a $15 charge for each 10 GB over the cap they travel. According to the source, the plan has "a lot of momentum behind it," and initial testing is slated to begin in a month or two.

Now wtf is my TribalPress title.

Comcast admits to paying for grassroots support

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 09:37 PM | Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | (url: http://www.portfo...)

How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?

Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack a Federal Communications Commission meeting yesterdayand effectively keep some of its opponents out of the room.

Broadband giant Comcastthe subject of the F.C.C. hearing on network neutrality at the Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, Massachusettsacknowledged that it did exactly that.

Telcos team up with Comcast to defend packet shaping

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:13 PM | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Just about every big phone company has filed a statement challenging the FCC's authority to deal with this problem. AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest all submitted lengthy remarks on February 13th, the last day for comments on the proceeding (parties can still reply to comments through the 28th).

Just about every big phone company has filed a statement challenging the FCC's authority to deal with this problem. AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest all submitted lengthy remarks on February 13th, the last day for comments on the proceeding (parties can still reply to comments through the 28th).

FCC to Probe Comcast Data Discrimination

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:00 PM | Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | (url:

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday.

A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against certain types of data. Two groups also asked the FCC to fine the nation's No. 2 Internet provider $195,000 for every affected subscriber.

"Sure, we're going to investigate and make sure that no consumer is going to be blocked," Martin told an audience at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

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EFF study confirms Comcast's BitTorrent interference

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 02:56 PM | Thursday, November 29, 2007 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a report (PDF) containing analysis of Comcast's Internet traffic interference activities. The EFF's study provides strong evidence that Comcast is using packet-forging to disrupt peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing on their network.

According to the report, the EFF used an open-source packet sniffer called Wireshark to analyze network traffic while attempting to seed public domain literature on BitTorrent with a Comcast broadband connection. The tests confirmed that BitTorrent performance was being selectively degraded by unexpected TCP reset packets. Previous independent research conducted by the AP is consistent with the findings published by the EFF.

Comcast Clarifies High Speed Extreme Use Policy

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 03:09 AM | Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | (url: http://biz.gameda...)

Comcast's Charlie Douglas defines "excessive use" as any customer who downloads the equivalent of 30,000 songs, 250,000 pictures or 13 million emails in a month.

Comcast shows off Super Fast Modem

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:23 AM | Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | (url:

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts dazzled a cable industry audience Tuesday, showing off for the first time in public new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today's standard cable modems.