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Reason for the Comcast cap?
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 14:50:39 -0400
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From: "Bryan Price" <bytehead () gmail com>
Date: August 30, 2008 2:19:16 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Reason for the Comcast cap?
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Comcast Settles with Attorney General's Office
08/29/08 - 11:51 AM
Attorney General Bill McCollum
ATTORNEY GENERAL REACHES $150,000 SETTLEMENT WITH COMCAST
~ Settlement resolves concerns over disclosures related to bandwidth
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced his
office has reached a $150,000 settlement with Comcast Cable
Communications Management, LLC and its affiliated entities resolving
concerns over disclosure issues related to bandwidth use policies.
Comcast will reimburse the state $50,000 for the costs of its
investigation and will contribute $100,000 to fund future
investigations on behalf of Florida consumers.
The Attorney General's Economic Crimes Division began investigating
the enforcement of Comcast's high speed internet "Acceptable Use
Policy" which, in part, prohibited the excessive use of bandwidth or
downloading. According to the policy, the company would notify
customers of excessive use and if a customer's bandwidth usage did not
significantly decrease, that customer faced the discontinuation of his
or her high speed internet service. Comcast, however, allegedly did
not inform consumers of a specific bandwidth limit, which led to
concerns about the proper disclosure of the terms of usage.
Under today's settlement, reached with Comcast's full cooperation, the
company has agreed not to enforce the excessive use policy without
prior clear and conspicuous disclosure of the specific amount of
bandwidth usage that would be considered in violation of the policy.
The new policy will take effect no later than January, 1, 2009.
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