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Cable lobby says FCC launched assault on industry “without provocation”

In today’s speech, [CEO Michael Powell, National Cable & Telecommunications Association] said cable companies face lots of video competition, though presumably he meant from online video providers rather than from other cable companies. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Comcast Raising Data Caps To One Terabyte On June 1

For customers who can’t keep their data use under that 1 TB ceiling, Comcast will continue to offer its “Unlimited” add-on tier. But instead of the current level of $30-35/month, users who want to go beyond the terabyte mark would have to pay $50 for each month of unlimited access. Users who just need to go slightly over the terabyte limit will have the option of buying buckets of 50 GB of data for $10 each. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

The FCC won’t let Charter/Time Warner put data caps on internet plans

If you’re a broadband subscriber at one of those companies, here’s what that means for you: Go ahead and stream all you want, all the time — your internet company can’t penalize you for bandwidth consumption. New rules from the Federal Communications Commission mean that Charter Communications “will not be permitted to charge usage-based prices or impose data caps” for at least seven years after the merger. – Peter Kafka, Re/code

AT&T Copies Comcast, Lets U-Verse Customers Pay $30 To Avoid Data Caps

Under the new AT&T U-verse plan, going over the monthly allotment will result in charges of $10 for every 50GB of data you use over your cap, meaning you’d need to use more than an additional 150GB of data each month to justify spending the extra $30/month on AT&T’s unlimited plan. By the company’s math, that’s another 50 hours of HD streaming. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Cable Industry Doesn’t Understand Net Neutrality, Wants Netflix Investigated For Throttling

The core tenet of “net neutrality” is that Internet service providers — the Comcasts, Time Warner Cables, and Verizons of the world — can’t do anything to block, limit, or expedite users’ access to content. Regardless of whether it’s a video stream or a PDF, these carriers should be delivering the content as quickly as they advertise. And even though the cable industry is currently fighting net neutrality in court, it apparently has no understanding of that basic underlying principle. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Sling CEO Says Comcast Data Caps Designed to Hurt Streaming Rivals

Essentially, [CEO David Lynch] said in a recent interview with CordCutting.com that cable and Internet providers such as Comcast are using data caps to make sure they get their money even if people drop cable. Lynch told the website his company was focused on legal issues related to net neutrality: “We see concerning things happening if you look at cable companies like Comcast now instituting data caps that just happen to be at a level at or below what someone would use if they’re watching TV on the Internet — and at the same time launching their own streaming service that they say doesn’t count against the data cap. It’s something we’ve been warning Washington about for years, and it’s a risk to OTT in general.” – Daniel B. Klien, The Motley Fool

Comcast customer discovers huge mistake in company’s data cap meter

[T]here’s no guarantee that Comcast is accurately measuring every customer’s data usage, as Oleg discovered. Customers with less technical expertise than Oleg may not know how to challenge erroneous measurements or even suspect that they’re incorrect. The routers customers typically connect to their cable modems don’t automatically monitor data usage, so customers have to trust that their ISP is accurately recording Internet usage unless they do some extra legwork. “The good news is that you can install a third-party router firmware like DD-WRT or OpenWrt and use bandwidth-monitoring software on it, getting a complete picture of your bandwidth usage,” a How-To Geek article explains. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

More Than 13,000 Comcast Customers Have Complained To FCC About Data Caps

The folks at CutCableToday filed a Freedom Of Information Act request with the Federal Communications Commission, looking for information on complaints registered by Comcast customers, and found that more than 13,000 Comcast-related gripes have been filed in just the last few months, many of them specifically about the new data caps. The site has published around 2,000 of those complaints for your reading pleasure. […] In fact, the term “monopoly” pops up more than 250 times in the 2,000 complaints published by CutCableToday. To us, that illustrates how powerless many consumers feel with regard to their Internet service provider.  – Chris Morran, The Consumerist

Comcast’s data caps are ‘just low enough to punish streaming’

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“I think the idea of limiting your usage is absolutely insane,” Comcast customer Matthew Pulsipher told The Associated Press. “It would make sense if the cap was 2 terabytes, but 300 is just low enough to punish streaming.” […] Comcast, of course, would like us to believe that these caps are all about “fairness” and limiting the negative impact that all those greedy data hogs are having on its network, which apparently is as fragile as a tulip on a chilly winter’s eve. In reality, of course, this is all about trying to mitigate the effects that cord cutting is having on Comcast’s traditional pay TV business. – Brad Reed, BGR

Comcast’s brilliant plan to make you accept data caps: Refuse to admit they’re data caps

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The trouble with this, of course, is that the amount of data that Internet applications consume is constantly growing. So while using 300GB a month might seem like a lot to some people right now, it won’t be once more people start streaming Netflix in 4K. And anyone who downloads games from the web right now can easily go over their monthly cap in no time — for instance, consider that Grand Theft Auto V weighs in at just under 49GB, which means that downloading just one game can blow through 16% of your monthly cap. Put simply, these happy freedom caps have nothing to do with fairness. Rather, they’re a business decision made by Comcast to help generate more revenue to make up for declining pay TV subscribers. – Brad Reed, BGR
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