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Re: do read Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:20:39 -0400

Tony is a senior networking person who worked at DEC in their heyday djf

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From: Tony Lauck <tlauck () madriver com>
Date: August 29, 2008 9:43:57 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:   Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1

Since a cap will not solve Comcast's congestion problem, if Comcast persists in its ignorance their next step will be to lower the cap. In an ideal world, this would lead to their demise, as happened with Prodigy. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen because Comcast has a last mile monopoly.

I could care less about companies such as Comcast, except as they are monopolists. So long as last mile monopolies are allowed to exist it will be possible for incompetently managed operations to continue to exist. Without such a monopoly they will be subject to the creative destruction of the marketplace and they will forced to change or they will cease to exist.


Tony Lauck
https://www.aglauck.com


David Farber wrote:
Good point djf
-----Original Message-----
From: travisk () gmail com [mailto:travisk () gmail com]
Sent: Thu 8/28/2008 9:08 PM
To: David Farber
Subject: Re: [IP] Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
Dave, do they really need to lower it?? As time goes on and data needs naturally expand (as they have steadily and predictably for decades), this restriction will hit more and more people. I wouldn't be surprised if this same cap affected a material number of subs in 2-3 years time.
Travis
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-----Original Message-----
From: "David Farber" <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 19:17:18 To: ip<ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: [IP] Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
The will lower the cap as time goes on. I assume they will loudly advertise the respriction and I hope Verizon loudly advertises it does not YET. djf
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From: Sunil Garg [mailto:sunil () sunilgarg com]
Sent: Thu 8/28/2008 6:41 PM
To: David Farber
Subject: Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
The IP crowd might be interested in this. VentureBeat reports:
You just knew it was too good to last. Starting on October 1 of this year, Internet service provider Comcast will begin placing a cap on the amount of data its customers can access a month, DSLreports has learned <http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-250GB-Monthly-Cap-Goes-Live-October-1-97294 > . The 250 gigabyte cap, now confirmed by Comcast <http://www.comcast.net/terms/network/amendment/ > , represents on 14,000 of the company's 14.1 million users, it claims. While that may be true today, and while 250 gigabytes may seem like a very high cap, going forward, this is going to be problematic.
http://venturebeat.com/2008/08/28/comcast-to-dam-and-damn-the-internet-with-usage-caps/
Regards,
Sunil
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