This is not the free market at work; do not believe the lies of the telecommunications industry. These “usage fees” are a way to extract more money from their territorial monopolies by either taxing “heavy usage” (a dubious term at best) or by pressuring a return to “traditional” cable subscriptions–and do not get reinvested into infrastructure improvements.
Only until the United States gets real, meaningful competition in the telecommunications market, will we continue to be subject to more and more of these intolerable acts and will have to impose more and more regulation to protect ourselves from shameless racketeering.
Your home Internet will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already.
Source: Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too | WIRED
Even if the results aren’t completely “accurate”, the execution calls much-needed attention to where this 800-pound gorilla routinely fails.
Raspberry Pi does hourly speed tests, tweets if speed is lower than advertised.
Source: Angry Comcast customer set up Raspberry Pi to auto-tweet speed test results | Ars Technica
Comcast. Playing Dirty. Again.
For a while Comcast tried to pretend that its slowly-expanding usage cap “trials” were about managing network congestion. At least until leaked Comcast documents, the company’s top engineer, and the cable industry’s top lobbyist all confirmed that justification was bullshit (caps don’t really help manage congestion anyway). Since then, Comcast has veered away from any hard technical explanation for the glorified price hike, instead focusing on the ambiguous claim that these new “flexible” pricing models bring “fairness” to the broadband industry.
Source: With Fixed Costs And Fat Margins, Comcast’s Broadband Cap Justifications Are Total Bullshit | Techdirt
The demise of the merger is unqualified good news for content producers. But what about cable and broadband customers?
Source: Stopping the Comcast–Time Warner Merger Is Only the Start – The New Yorker
The world is paying attention to internet policy in a way that it never has before.
Source: Comcast Can Blame Us All for Sinking Its Time Warner Deal | WIRED
We’ve gracefully sidestepped not one but two potential online dystopias, and it’s not even May.
Source: 2015: The Year We Saved the Internet | WIRED
Comcast has dropped its much-criticized plan to acquire Time Warner Cable after federal regulators recommended increased scrutiny of the proposed deal.
Source: Comcast Drops Bid for Time Warner Cable (Developing) | WIRED