Comcast 250GB Data Cap: The Impact Of Netflix

For Rob, Mike, and Shane.

While I find it as unjust as the rest of you, Comcast has my family by the short and curlies. In the good old days of ISDN, otherwise known as “dial-up”, you certainly had a slow connection, which came with a hefty price as well. This was a decent form of connectivity for its time, as there were no multimedia sites. In fact, the closest you came to multimedia was Macromedia Shockwave and Flash. Thus the birth of the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) was born. It offered a faster connection, but nowhere near the speed of high-speed cable internet. This is where Comcast re-enters the story.

Where I live, FIOS is not an option. This leaves us with Comcast as the only option- or several shady wireless services… What is this all about? This is about the data cap. Comcast snuck in to their terms of service a nice little clause that states that 250 gigabytes is the maximum amount you are allocated to use every month. On their very website, they state that the average consumer uses far less than this, and that exceeding your data cap is punishable by a loss of service for up to one year. So, I wouldn’t be writing this if I hadn’t almost come into contact with said termination. These are my figures for data usage.

You can see the monthly data traffic becoming increasingly high. Check out the next month.

This brings us to the present.

So, I ask you, what brought the numbers from the 360-gigabyte range all the way down to a measly 83 gigabytes? Simply stated; the settings of my Netflix account were the highest quality you could achieve. Watching everything in HD significantly uses up your allocated monthly data allowance. However, this is not the consumer’s fault, nor is it the fault of Netflix. Comcast uses an unjust system, whereby they force the common user, those who wish to view Netflix in HD, into purchasing a business package with a much higher data cap and a much higher monthly fee. As of this writing, I am satisfied with my speeds, both down and up.

In conclusion, I urge you to dig deeper into Comcast’s unjust business practices. One website cannot do it alone, but power in numbers has always achieved great things. Who chains us, and who holds the key to set us free? It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!

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3 Responses to Comcast 250GB Data Cap: The Impact Of Netflix

  1. Rob Conway says:

    Wow! I was sitting there like wtf is he doing to use so much? Then you gave the Netflix explanation and it makes perfect sense. It’s pretty ridiculous how much our internet costs compared to speeds and bandwidth. Europe is far beyond us in this capacity, evidenced partially by this video here: http://www.muninetworks.org/content/video-comparing-american-vs-european-broadband-networks
    It highlights how the duopoly here is keeping prices high and service poor, as compared to the UK for example with something like 400 service providers vying for the same customers making prices and services dirt cheap and reliable.

    • Tony says:

      For some time I have known that they have moved well beyond our myopic spectrum where telcos are concerned. The whole of Europe must laugh at the open technology and the plethora of cellular providers they have at their disposal, when they think of the US. What I wasn’t aware of was how devastatingly advanced they are in the area of ISPs. It’s as though I should have seen it coming, with their advances in sister areas, also built upon networks, one follows the other. The video outlines so many points, it could be its own post. We are limited to two, or the duopoly, as compared to their 400 UK ISPs, and the blisteringly fast Amsterdam network. Either we fight, or start a new career path in the states and begin our own ISP. Sure, the start-up would be hefty, but the payoff would be worth it. We would be destroying a monopoly and opening customer’s choices for the better- the domino effect would begin and we could look back and say “we did that.” Our system is so corrupt and owned by giant corporations that the names we use to refer to our ISPs fall under an umbrella of larger entities who would stop at nothing to keep the market closed.

  2. Mike says:

    Just makes me hate Comcast’s fucking guts even more

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