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!