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Re: Comcast Will Slow Heavy Web Users' Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes - do read
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 07:30:55 -0400



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From: David Pakman <david () pakman com>
Date: August 21, 2008 7:25:19 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Comcast Will Slow Heavy Web Users' Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes

Hi Dave,

I completely agree with you.

When a company’s roots are as a monopolist, they apparently need to be reminded about basic commercial principles. As the net grows in its usefulness and broadband applications like downloadable video reach mass adoption, consumers need more bandwidth. Instead of viewing this as a commercial opportunity, Comcast is trying to slow down their users from consuming more bandwidth. The customer wants more of the product, but Comcast doesn’t want to sell it to them. Why not introduce some concept of tiered pricing whereby customers consuming more bandwidth pay more? That’s how it works in corporate environments.

This reminds me of the early days of the net. Remember when we all connected to the net using modems over phone lines? The (monopolist) land line phone companies were complaining that customers were using up their copper line capacity. The nerve of those customers! Demonstrating demand for a product? Incredulous!

As you point out, the biggest issue with Comcast’s decision, however much lack of business foresight it demonstrates, is that these actions will violate net neurtrality principles. It is no coincidence that Comcast will slow down your bandwidth-hogging activities like downloading movies, streaming video, and using skype to make free phone calls, while happily directing you to buy uninterrupted phone service and pay-per-view from them.

David
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On Aug 21, 2008, at 6:53 AM, David Farber wrote:

Then lets change the offering from all you can use to all I can offer at the price I am charging. What Comcast seems to be saying is if I have oversold a region then I will lower what I claim to offer to anyone who believed what I advertised., djf

Begin forwarded message:

From: Brett Glass <brett () lariat net>
Date: August 20, 2008 6:15:06 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net, "ip" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] Comcast Will Slow Heavy Web Users' Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes

At 11:20 AM 8/20/2008, David Farber wrote:

What does Comcast consider heavy .. anything that competes with their
video services or telephone services?? djf

Dave, we may be forced to do the same thing, and we do not provide
video services or telephone services.

--Brett





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