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Got Bandwidth?

By The Reverend Published: September 9, 2007


Big cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner have virtual monopolies on providing high-speed internet to local communities. But what good are monopolies if captive consumer markets can't be fully exploited? That's the American way, of course, so these monopolies are seeking to buildout that exploitation. Here's one of the ways they will do it.....

The rapid growth of online videos, music and games has created a new Internet sin: using it too much.

Comcast has punished some transgressors by cutting off their Internet service, arguing that excessive downloaders hog Internet capacity and slow down the network for other customers. The company declines to reveal its download limits.

"You have no way of knowing how much is too much," said Sandra Spalletta of Rockville, whose Internet service was suspended in March after Comcast sent her a letter warning that she and her teenage son were using too much bandwidth. They cut back on downloads but were still disconnected. She said the company would not tell her how to monitor their bandwidth use in order to comply with the limits.

"You want to think you can rely on your home Internet service and not wake up one morning to find it turned off," said Spalletta, who filed a complaint with the Montgomery County Office of Cable and Communication Services. "I thought it was unlimited service." Link

Huge companies like Comcast and Time Warner write the legislation that our faithful Congress is there any doubt that less service and higher prices are in all of our futures? And isn't that also the American way?

I'll be talking more about this in the future. For now, if you are not familiar with the phrase "net neutrality", Google it and do a bit of research. Corporate monopolies have been quietly

bribing lobbying their "usual suspect" Congressional lapdogs for awhile now over this issue.

I'm absolutely positive that charging us more for less will be touted as a tremendous breakthrough bargain for end users. Like the Iraq mess, it will be sold to us as if it was in our best interest. That's the first tipoff that it won't be.



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