Re: Not So Fast, Broadband Providers Tell Big Users

Firms impose limits even as demand rises

> By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff | March 12, 2007 > Amanda Lee of Cambridge received a call from Comcast Corp. in December > ordering her to curtail her Web use or lose her high-speed Internet > connection for a year. > Lee, who said she had been using the same broadband connection for > years without a problem, was taken aback. But when she asked what the > download limit was, she was told there was no limit, that she was just > downloading too much. > Then in mid-February, her Internet service was cut off without further > warning. > For Lee and an increasing number of people, a high-speed Internet > connection is a lifeline to everyday entertainment and communication. > Television networks are posting shows online; retailers are lining up > to offer music and movie downloads; thousands of Internet radio > stations stream music; more people are using WiFi phones; and "over > the top TV," in which channels stream over the Internet, is predicted > to grow. > That means that more customers may become familiar with Comcast's > little-known acceptable-use policy, which allows the company to cut > off service to customers who use the Internet too much. Comcast says > that only .01 percent of its 11.5 million residential high-speed > Internet customers fall into this category. >

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Comcast sucks, and not in a good way. Every person I know that has Comcast can't wait until Verizon gets FIOS into their area.

When someone is willing to jump into the waiting arms of a company that's screwed them over for years, you know that Comcast really stinks.

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