Tag Archives: Modem

Dutch police arrests three men for cloning Ziggo modems

The Cybercrime Team of the Rotterdam police tracked down a network of three people from Rotterdam, who sold and installed ‘cloned modems’ so people could use Ziggo TV and internet services for free. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/2zS3FY9

Charter blocked customer-owned modems for two years, must pay fine

The FCC’s Media Bureau began an investigation in July 2015 after modem maker Zoom Telephonics asked the commission to take action. Zoom also petitioned the FCC in October 2015 to reject Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks. […] Because of the FCC investigation, Charter is shortening its modem testing period to three weeks. The $640,000 fine will be paid to the US Treasury. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Here is One More Reason to Stop Renting Your Modem

You may already know you are renting your modem for about $10 a month, or $120 a year, but you may not know there is an additional hidden fee… So not only are you renting that modem but many states tax such rentals. In Texas you would see an additional $2 a month tax on the modem you are renting. – Cord Cutters News

The Divergence: Comcast really loved the idea of open cable boxes before hating it

“There has been a mafia-style carve up of the nation, market by market, where cable companies don’t compete with each other,” one very senior executive in the TV industry told me. “This is not a technology problem. It is a business problem compounded by the duopoly that exists in every TV market. (Would you like cable or satellite?) And without a bomb being dropped, the situation will likely stay on its current path.” – Gene Kimmelman, Public Knowledge via Nilay Patel, The Verge

Senators blast Comcast, other cable firms for “unfair billing practices”

Six Democratic US senators today (Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Al Franken, Ed Markey, & Elizabeth Warren) criticized Comcast and other TV and broadband providers for charging erroneous fees, such as cable modem rental fees billed to customers who bought their own modems. The senators have written a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the commission to “stop unfair billing practices.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Groups Ask FCC To Reform Set-Top Box Market, Say New Rules Could Save Consumers Billions Every Year

While the cable industry hasn’t fessed up to how much it makes leasing set-top boxes to their customers, in July, lawmakers crunched some numbers and found that it could be a $20 billion industry, with consumers paying up to $232 every year on that equipment. [The Consumer Federation of America and Public Knowledge] are now asking the Federal Communications Commission to begin a rulemaking proceeding to reform the video set-top box market, saying cable and pay-TV companies are overcharging consumers by $6 billion to $14 billion annually. – Mary Beth Quirk, The Consumerist

Comcast doesn’t like you using third-party cable modems

photo: Engadget

[A]s Consumerist reports, the company’s being put on display for interrupting a customer’s web browsing experience to, wait for it, upsell one of its new modems. According to Comcast subscriber “BB,” who contacted said website with this info, the cable and internet giant recently reworked the network in his area, which has since led to a series of emails and calls reminding him to upgrade his modem. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

How to Beat TWC and Comcast’s Bullshit Modem Rental Fees

Yup, right in the middle of the holidays, both Time Warner Cable and Comcast announced that the monthly fee for renting their modems would be going up. Time Warner Cable will jump from $6 to $8 per month and Comcast is going from $8 to $10 per month. As Ars Technica notes in that second link, the rates aren’t all going into effect at the same time, so just because you haven’t seen the new fee on your bill yet doesn’t mean it’s not coming. – Mario Aguilar,Gizmodo
Here are the highest rated future-proof modems supported by TWC.

  • Motorola SB6141 ($90)
  • Zoom 5341 ($77)

Comcast’s list of approved modems is much longer than Time Warner Cable’s, though, you’re looking at many of the same options, as i’ll explain below. For its part, the company strongly recommends at a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. If you pay for the Performance, Blast!, or Extreme speed tiers, you need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem.

  • Motorola SB6141 ($90)
  • Motorola SB6121 ($70)
  • Zoom 5341 ($77)

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Comcast thanks customers for helping build its Wi-Fi network with higher fees

It looks like Comcast customers are in for another price hike, this time not on programming charges but on the fees they pay to rent our broadband modems. Several Comcast customers told Ars Technica that their home internet gateway fees have risen from $8 to $10. Those prices reflect the new rates Comcast began setting for its latest modems, which support its new Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot service. […] What’s most galling about this price hike, though, is that it’s being charged on newer equipment that Comcast is using to build its new residential public Wi-Fi network. Comcast is building a nationwide Wi-Fi network on the backs of its residential and business customers’ home gateways. Its new modem/routers create two Wi-Fi networks, a private network for the customer and a public network accessible to any other Comcast customer. Comcast is basically asking its customers to pay the cost of building that public network by charging them higher equipment fees. – Kevin Fitchard,Gigaom
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Google brings better, faster TV and internet hardware to Austin for Fiber launch

The Network+ Box is the centerpiece of Google Fiber in the home, offering four gigabit ethernet ports and full support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It also includes 2TB of storage for your DVR recordings. Some Fiber customers in Kansas City and other existing Fiber markets have had to deal with a separate box for that disk space (which should store about 500 hours of HD content), but Google says the updated hardware will find its way to those cities in the coming weeks and months. […] The TV Box also continues to double as a Wi-Fi extender if it detects a weak Wi-Fi signal. If wireless speeds aren’t ideal, it’ll automatically kick in and try to even out signal strength across your house. And Google is talking up Fiber’s Wi-Fi performance more than ever before. It won’t match the gigabit speeds you’ll get through a hardwired ethernet connection, but we saw test speeds of around 480Mbps (download) at the company’s Austin space. Uploads topped out at just below 200Mbps[.] – Chris Welch,The Verge
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