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Re: Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 14:51:10 -0400



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From: Armando Stettner <aps () ieee org>
Date: August 30, 2008 12:13:33 PM EDT
To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>, ip <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:   Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
Reply-To: Armando Stettner <aps () ieee org>

Hi.

I don't know if its been pointed out before, but this is about 40 hours of MPEG2 HD or about 61 hours of ~MPEG4 HD hours of programming per month (assuming of 13 Mbps average MPEG2 rate or 9 Mbps average MPEG4 [AVC, etc.] rate) for downloads. This has implications for very legitimate uses, at least, in the context of subscription or pay-per- view services delivering content to subscribers via the Internet.

  armando


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From: "David Farber" <dave () farber net>
Date: August 28, 2008 9:28:00 PM EDT
To: "ip" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: [IP] Re:   Comcast confirms 250GB cap effective October 1
Reply-To: dave () farber net

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
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

-----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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