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Official Message From Comcast
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 11:58:29 -0400
I wonder why they did not give HD movie numbers djf
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From: eekid () aol com
Date: September 13, 2008 11:18:04 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Official Message From Comcast
I know this topic has been discussed at length but below is the
official message I received from Comcast.
Dear Comcast High-Speed Internet Customer,
We appreciate your business and strive to provide you with the best
online experience possible. One of the ways we do this is through our
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The AUP outlines acceptable use of our
service as well as steps we take to protect our customers from things
that can negatively impact their experience online. This policy has
been in place for many years and we update it periodically to keep it
current with our customers' use of our service.
On October 1, 2008, we will post an updated AUP that will go into
effect at that time.
In the updated AUP, we clarify that monthly data (or bandwidth) usage
of more than 250 Gigabytes (GB) is the specific threshold that defines
excessive use of our service. We have an excessive use policy because
a fraction of one percent of our customers use such a disproportionate
amount of bandwidth every month that they may degrade the online
experience of other customers.
250 GB/month is an extremely large amount of bandwidth and it's very
likely that your monthly data usage doesn't even come close to that
amount. In fact, the threshold is approximately 100 times greater than
the typical or median residential customer usage, which is 2 to 3 GB/
month. To put it in perspective, to reach 250 GB of data usage in one
month a customer would have to do any one of the following:
* Send more than 50 million plain text emails (at 5 KB/email);
* Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song); or
* Download 125 standard definition movies (at 2 GB/movie).
And online gamers should know that even the heaviest multi- or single-
player gaming activity would not typically come close to this
threshold over the course of a month."
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- Official Message From Comcast David Farber (Sep 13)