Saturday, August 30, 2008

Comcast Curbs Downloads, Seeks To Cut Own Throat

Comcast Corp., the nation's second-largest Internet service provider, Thursday said it would set an official limit on the amount of data subscribers can download and upload each month.
On Oct. 1, the cable company will update its user agreement to say that users will be allowed 250 gigabytes of traffic per month, the company announced on its Web site.
Comcast has already reserved the right to cut off subscribers who use too much bandwidth each month, without specifying exactly what constitutes excessive use.

Look, corporate natural selection in action! At the same time that digital delivery of HD content is poised to takeoff, rather than seeking to increase it's ability to serve its customers, instead it's looking to give them a reason to change broadband providers. Idiots.

Anecdotaly, it's no coincidence that several of my U.S. acquaintances have switched from Comcast to AT&T recently. It appears that America's "second largest Internet service provider" is gunning to be the fourth or fifth largest.

More power to them, I say.

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