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Quote,"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." Any coments:-roll

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We only have a choice of Comcast in this town. In the Tampa area, we had a choice of 3 differnet ISP's over the same cable system. This really kept the costs down, as one could change to a new "special" every 6 months. That was considered fair game.I think that this action will now end up with someone like the American Civil Liberties Union filing a lawsuit which forces these monopolistic governments and businesses into making it law that all municipal cable franchises in the land must provide choice, in order to get the base franchise.This action may come back to bite them in my opinion. And I hope it does.Bob (Las Cruces, NM)XP-Home, With FS Genesis Terrain MeshLogitech G15 Backlit Game Keyboard and18 Programmable Macro/Keystroke KeysAsus P5N-D MotherboardIntel E8500 @ 3.16GHz (Now)CPUThermaltake MaxOrb Enthusiast CPU FanCorsir XMS2 PC6400/DDR2/800 Dual, 4GigsSATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDDEVGA Geforce 8800 GT/512 (OC'd Version)Dual Flat Panel Monitors

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This is the panic being propagated by the tech industry now. Too many people downloading music, video (e.g., porn), applications, and eating up bandwidth for everyone else. I don't know if I buy it. From a practical standpoint, it doesn't make sense to me. As long as equipment is upgraded and the end users take advantage of increasing speeds, then it should balance out.Either way, I saw an article a couple weeks back about this and the buzz was that a lot of providers were gonna be placing caps on monthly bandwidth for end users.

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"As long as equipment is upgraded"...And who is going to pay for that? I download, maybe, 50 or 60 gigs of stuff a month. Why should I foot the bill for upgrading that equipment so that someone down the road can download 300-400 gigs (or more) a month?

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>"As long as equipment is upgraded"...>>And who is going to pay for that? I download, maybe, 50 or 60>gigs of stuff a month. Why should I foot the bill for>upgrading that equipment so that someone down the road can>download 300-400 gigs (or more) a month?I understand, but I'm talking about generalalities. As far as I'm concerned, people should pay to download a certain amount of data. I don't download that much from any one website either, and maybe DL 60 GB of stuff a month too, but I'm a firm believer in people paying for their usage. I've never had a problem paying for online content. If a web site provider offers content, and that content exceeds the limits of their personal finances, then end users should be required to pay IMO. Just like I should have to pay to connect at higher speeds. If I were happy with dial-up, then I'd be using it, but dial-up is not only obsolete, but my requirements for internet are way beyond those of slower speeds, therefore I pay for cable. For those that choose to be the internet's benefactors by offering "free" content, such as this web site, then I applaud and appreciate them very much, but I wouldn't scream foul if you were start charging for library access. Heck, I only DL maybe 50 MB a year from here, but I realize other download tons more. In those cases, I would expect a pay system to be tiered.

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It is not right to allow monopolies to apply limits. Most cable companies hold a local franchise monopoly. If you want to open it up to competition, that's another thing. Then they have to abide by what the market will bear.If this logic is correct, why am I being charged $60 amonth for about 10 gig's total (and that's a stretch), or 1/25th of what they state as policy is acceptable. Why are they not taking the access profit that they are collecting from me and most everyone else and upgrading their system. I want a reduction and a refund based on this. Could the power of gas company do this ? Absolutely not. They could not charge for a maximum and "screw you" for what I am not using by charging for it anyway. They clearly are overcharging me under their own new self-imposed rules which I am quite certain are leading to the standard outrageous executive bonuses.This is one more example of the big business abuse that is taking this country down at an alarming rate even as were speak.This is really about setting the hook for the longer term. Comcast has already announced massive plans in the next year to dramatically increase speed to 50 to 100 times of what it is now. THIS HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED BY THEIR CEO JUST RECENTLY!!! Why would they do that? Simple, Content delivery increases... much of which will then go up as free such as public television. They want to be in a position to charge you on almost a "pay-per-view" basis. 250 gigs will be nothing. It's that simple. And you will have no choice because they hold the monopoly franchise for the area, and have established the limits as accepted practice and law. And satellite such as Direct TV can't make this delivery. The FCC knows this and that is why they are balking. This limit is not good news. As one who always looks down the road instead of just in today's terms, that's my opinion. The phone companies tried to do this for 40 years (local pay for use). The law stopped it back when there was no such thing as Washington lobbyists. Then technologuy changes and more importantly, competition, put a permanent end to it ever happening. Basically long distance phone service is almost free as a result.Here we go again !!!!!Bob (Las Cruces, NM)XP-Home, With FS Genesis Terrain MeshLogitech G15 Backlit Game Keyboard and18 Programmable Macro/Keystroke KeysAsus P5N-D MotherboardIntel E8500 @ 3.16GHz (Now)CPUThermaltake MaxOrb Enthusiast CPU FanCorsir XMS2 PC6400/DDR2/800 Dual, 4GigsSATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDDEVGA Geforce 8800 GT/512 (OC'd Version)Dual Flat Panel Monitors

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