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This is big trouble for all of us. it will seriously chill Internet usage and creativity.

If we don't put a stop to this kind of corporate behavior right now, it will get much much worse.

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Comcast to Place a Cap on Internet Downloads

WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE... this truly can END the Internet, and return us to the metered usage days of the 1980's when an email cost $.75 to send and each minute cost, as did each byte.

We would never EVER have anything like today's Internet under those restraints. If you want proof, just look at cel phone networks. do you see amazing new technologies like a web coming out of those restricted private networks?

This is why a truly neutral net and a true national information infrastructure plan are vital to the future of our country.

Bush dropped the ball on the Internet II which is thousands of times faster then the regular Internet, as soon as he came into office. 8 years after it was supposed to be deployed, it remains a laboratory and military curiosity, available to a lucky few, just like the original Arpanet was, before the dot com era.

In 1987, the phone companies agreed that if the government were to allow them to raise their phone rates, that they would deploy a full fiber network, to people's homes.

It is 21 years later, and where is the fiber to our homes? still not there, yet the phone companies have taken hundreds of billions of dollars of our money and just ran.

This problem demonstrates just how vital it is that we elect Barack Obama. He stands for R&D, and a real Internet, fully upgraded, and not limited by greedy lazy dinosaur monopolistic cable and telephone companies. He UNDERSTANDS what has to be done.

In contrast, McCain doesn't even know how to use a computer, and he certainly isn't interested in building any kind of Internet that gives voice to the people.

Originally posted to fractal on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 09:10 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'm sure that you (5+ / 0-)

    meant to add the fact that the cap is 250GB for residential users, that is roughly 8gb a day which is a lot.

    This is probably the first and last time that I'll defend Comcast.

    •  But that might be just a beginning (0+ / 0-)

      to create a precident for caps, yes/no?

    •  8gb might seem like a lot (0+ / 0-)

      but that's only 2 dvds worth of data... and there have been many days when i've transfered more.

      as a matter of a fact, with all the video i produce, i looked at my monthly usage, and sometimes it exceeds 2TB, which is 8 times the comcast limit.

      the internet is only going to get faster and there will only be applications that use more bandwidth...

      UNLESS... we are crippled by the likes of comcast, in which case the article in the ny times yesterday about how more and more of the internet is circumventing america altogether will mark a dark omen for our competitiveness in the world.

  •  Why are you going just after Comcast (0+ / 0-)

    what about Verizon, they built the fiber to the homes, not Comcast. If you don't like Comcast, subscribe with another company.

    You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war..... Albert Einstein,

    by tazz on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 09:19:33 PM PDT

    •  if only (0+ / 0-)

      the problem is each company has a monopoly in its own region.

      and having anything less than 10-20 competing choices makes it very unlikely to be able to get a good deal.

      and that's not how the system is designed.

      these are OUR PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAYS that these companies are using to profit.

      thus we have the responsibility to keep their greed in check, or shut them down and replace them.

  •  We Need More Government Regulations (1+ / 0-)
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    Look at South Korea and Japan where the national governments' regulations promoted healthy, progressive competitions between Internet service providers and advanced the Internet speed and capacity to the world's best.

    Comcast ignores its corporate responsibilities, disrespect its customers, disobey the FCC's orders against what it's trying to do, and demonstrate its anti-consumer, anti-market, and anti-government behaviors.  

    Comcast is a company that has to be punished.  We have to make the Korean/Japanese style heavy government regulations on Internet service providers another top progressive goal to achieve.  The Korean and Japanese Internet speed and capacity are much more superior than Comcast's without what Comcast is trying to do in a month.  And with this, we have to show that the Reagan/Bush style of irresponsible business deregulation does nothing but make large corporations lazy and irresponsible and dictatorial and such deregulations have no place in the United States any longer.

    •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      they shouldn't be allowed in the business if they are going to gouge.

      we have to undo the 1996 and 2000 laws that caused so much damage to competition.

      we need to upgrade the internet.

      we need laws that spur as much competition and innovation as is possible.

  •  250 GB ain't shit for HD content (3+ / 0-)
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    fractal, Mercuriousss, Jyrinx

    I have had an HDTV since 2006. I am an HD snob. I hate that there even are networks who only have a standard definition channel still. I think the adaptation to HD has been ridiculously slow. I don't like downloading TV shows from the ITunes store because they aren't in HD. If you were downloading or watching HD contact on the web, that 250 GB cap would evaporate quickly.

    Seriously. Comcast sucks.

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