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4:53 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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FCC Upholds Complaint Against Comcast [news.yahoo.com]
U.S. communications regulators voted on Friday to order Comcast Corp to end some of the tactics it uses to manage its broadband network after concluding that they unreasonably restrict Internet users who share movies and other material.

In a precedent-setting decision, the five-member Federal Communications Commission voted by a margin of 3-2 to uphold a complaint accusing Comcast of violating the FCC's open-Internet principles by improperly hindering peer-to-peer traffic on its network.

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5:13 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Seems FCC thinks if Comcast sells "Powerboost", then Comcast should deliver "Powerboost".

They might actually have to change their bait-n-switch tactics.

7:27 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am on Comcast at home and it seems that its gotten worse since reading about them limiting speed and I don't even share videos, pics, or music. I really don't pay attention to the speed I get, but lately its been at least half of what I used to get when I started my service.
I really think it is a bait & switch operation, they over promise and way underdeliver, and hope that no one pays attention to what speed they are actually getting (and 99.9% of customers don't pay attention, they just assume its working fine).
8:53 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am on Comcast as well and have their 8/768 plan. Both download and upload speeds are almost always double or triple that amount in my area. Also, I have never noticed any degradation in quality. Must be one of the lucky ones. That being said, I am glad someone is starting to hold cable companies responsible for their marketing and network tactics.
11:29 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am on COmcast, and they shut down our HTTP traffic 3-5 times per week. They sniff it, and whey they think "you are doing too much" - boom, your connection is out. We don't do any videos, downloads, etc., most of it business related. it gets to be REALLY ANNOYING.

Maybe finally someone can kick their arse for screwing the customer.

[edit]Just wanted an update, the other option we have in our area is Verizon DSL or Fios, but I'd rather tolerate comcast's shut down connections then have to deal with MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF OVERBILLING by Verizon.[edit]


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