Comcast back and more bastardly than ever. Throttling your internet like it’s 2002

by Mike
Posted November 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Remember those stupid “It’s Comcastic” commercials. Ya, I like many others had a few choice opinions about them too. If you thought just because there hasn’t been any mention of “Comcast” and “Throttling” in the same sentence for some time that somehow all the parties involved forgot, you were grossly wrong. New details of a retooled and just as anti-consumer policy have surfaced. In fact, Comcast’s new throttling policy is worse than their old one. So how bad is it? There are two scenarios that will alert the packet cops of your seemingly suspicious behavior in which a heavy digital hammer will promptly smack you down:

  1. Scenario 1: If using more than 70% of your maximum throughput (up or down) during peak network hours for more than 15 minutes, you can expect to have your speeds cut.
  2. Scenario 2: If your digital bits are deemed responsible or even partially responsible for slow downs at your Cable Modem Termination System (shared with thousands - tens of thousands other users).

So what’s the damage cost? Breaking either one of the rules above will result in your precious download/upload speeds being chopped down to 50% for at least 15 minutes or until your average network utilization drops below 50% for at least 15 consecutive minutes. Guess you better not use the internet for anything multimedia related during “peak hours” for fear of navigating yourself down a digital molasses highway. Please Comcast, don’t become the AT&T of the “earth bound” world. Ya, it sucks. One of the very reasons I despise Comcast and choose not to do business with them. Anyone else feeling tad bit of animosity?

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