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Comcast to Pay Millions After Judge Finds It Illegally Screwed Over Customers 445,000 Times

Comcast’s Service Protection Plan cost $6 a month (it was $5 a month until just before Ferguson filed his lawsuit) and effectively covered the expense of a technician showing up to your home to inform you that something is wrong. That’s… pretty much all it covered, due to a bunch of caveats detailed in the program’s fine print. It was a monthly cost that basically got you nothing, and yet Comcast added it on to 30,946 Washingtonians’ accounts without informing them, according to state authorities, who said it didn’t provide 18,660 Washingtonians with accurate information on how much the program costs. – Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo » http://bit.ly/2WUFc2q
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Ajit Pai admits FCC got broadband growth figures wrong

That mistake led the agency to announce that the number of Americans lacking access to a fixed broadband connection was down to 19.4 million by the end of 2017 from 26.1 million the year before. Turns out, the correct figure is 21.3 million — a big difference, for sure, but not big enough for Pai to backpedal on his declaration that the changes he implemented led to massive broadband growth… – Mariella Moon, Engadget » https://engt.co/2GXp0ng

Purdue stupidly decides to block Netflix, Hulu from classrooms

Allegedly, these sites, deemed “recreational” by the university, take away from the academic uses for the internet and experiments showed that banning these lower the broadband cost, which sounds great on paper. Unfortunately, this is an excuse by the Purdue administration to save money and not actually beneficial to the students or university. – Taylor Sturm, Netflix Life » https://ift.tt/2XmoyWK

FCC Says Gutting ISP Oversight Was Great For Broadband

With many of the nation’s phone companies refusing to upgrade or even repair their aging DSL lines, cable giants like Comcast are securing a greater monopoly over faster broadband across huge swaths of the country. That in turn is resulting in higher rates and little incentive to improve terrible customer service. The telecom lobby works tirelessly to keep this status quo intact. – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD » https://ift.tt/2TfLUhF

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

[FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly] said that broadband providers run by local governments “have engaged in significant First Amendment mischief.” But O’Rielly’s only evidence to support his claim was the networks’ Acceptable Use Policies, which contain boilerplate language similar to the policies used by private ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2ABkb0Q

US Wireless Video Streaming Sucks, Study Says

US carriers were ranked 34th in terms of average network speeds (16.5 Mbps) and 59th in terms of users’ “overall video experience.” That’s on the heels of previous studies showing that US residents pay some of the highest prices for mobile data in the developed world (before one even includes a bevy of obnoxious, hidden fees). – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2NLsjUK

Charter negotiating with NY to avoid being kicked out of the state

But there’s still a chance that Charter and New York could strike a deal that would avert a lengthy court battle and sale of the network to a new provider. Charter was originally ordered to submit an exit plan by September 25 and to leave the state six months after that. But the PSC has now granted two extensions, resulting in a November 8 deadline for filing an exit plan and a May 8, 2019 date for leaving New York. In the meantime, both sides say they’ve been having productive talks. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2QsthTC
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