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This new startup could make my dream of dumping Comcast a reality

By on January 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM.

This new startup could make my dream of dumping Comcast a reality

For years I have had a dream of having actual competition for my home broadband services. This is because Comcast has had a monopoly on broadband services in my Boston neighborhood for as long as I’ve lived here. Even on days when Comcast isn’t actively annoying me — and I’ll admit that my experience with the company has gotten better over the past couple of years — I still want to have a competitive choice.

But now it looks like I may finally have a savior, although it has a lot of questions it needs to answer before it’s ready for prime time. More →

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Comcast Vs. Cable Networks Cheaper Bundles

Cable networks are furious at Comcast for actually doing the right thing

By on January 15, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

Cable networks are furious at Comcast for actually doing the right thing

I bash Comcast pretty regularly but that doesn’t mean I think everything wrong with the cable industry is Comcast’s fault. In fact, I think Comcast is right when it says the ridiculous increases in cable prices over the past several years have been driven primarily by content providers jacking up their rates for the right to carry their shows. If you want an illustration of how this works, look no further than a new New York Post report about cable networks’ furious reactions to Comcast breaking up its giant, pricey bundles of channels into smaller, more affordable ones. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Want to save money by buying your own modem? Comcast will attack you with unstoppable pop-ups

By on January 13, 2016 at 9:23 AM.

Want to save money by buying your own modem? Comcast will attack you with unstoppable pop-ups

Comcast has done plenty of things to frustrate subscribers over the years. In fact, some of the company’s recent moves are bad for all of us, not just for its own subscribers. The latest customer complaint making the rounds might be one of the most frustrating ones we’ve seen though, namely because it will likely only impact the savviest of Comcast’s Internet users, and it appears to be completely impossible to prevent.

That’s right, Comcast customers, get ready for an unstoppable wave of spam-like pop-ups in your web browser courtesy of your favorite Internet service provider. More →

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Epic achievement: Comcast generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and TWC combined

By on December 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Epic achievement: Comcast generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and TWC combined

In case you haven’t noticed, Comcast is intensely disliked by many of its customers. While Comcast has rightly noted that customer satisfaction ratings for Internet service providers everywhere are less than stellar, it’s still the case that Comcast typically performs even worse in customer satisfaction surveys compared to rivals like Charter, Cox and Verizon FiOS. Ars Technica recently took a dive into the Federal Communications Commissions’ database of complaints about Internet service providers and found that Comcast generated more complaints to the FCC from customers than all complaints about AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable put together. More →

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Comcast Gigabit Internet DOCSIS 3.1

Comcast has figured out how to deliver gigabit Internet without fiber

By on December 28, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Comcast has figured out how to deliver gigabit Internet without fiber

Comcast, your “favorite” cable and Internet service provider, has had a breakthrough when it comes to delivering super-fast Internet to customers. Rather than replacing the existing infrastructure with optical fiber, a lengthy and expensive project for any Internet provider, Comcast may be able to deliver impressive data speeds over existing cable lines with the help of software. More →

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Comcast Data Caps FCC Complaints

Yet another problem with Comcast data caps: Customers have no idea why they’re exceeding their limits

By on December 17, 2015 at 8:31 AM.

Yet another problem with Comcast data caps: Customers have no idea why they’re exceeding their limits

Comcast sure knows how to bring out the love from its customer base. Cut Cable Today recently filed a FOIA request to the Federal Communications Commission and discovered that the commission has received over 13,000 complaints so far related to specifically to Comcast’s implementation of data caps. It seems that, contrary to what Comcast believes, many people don’t see the “fairness” in Comcast’s introduction of metered usage in the home broadband market. More →

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Comcast Data Cap

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

By on December 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM.

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

We have covered Comcast’s data cap policy a number of times here on BGR, and it’s a widely discussed topic across the web. It’s a pure money grab by Comcast that has absolutely nothing to do with congestion or quality of service, unlike arguments in favor of wireless data caps. And the policy isn’t just bad for Comcast subscribers in capped markets who might have to pay more to use popular services like Netflix and YouTube, it’s bad for us all.

When Comcast CEO Brian Roberts discusses the company’s data cap pilot, which is now live in nearly 30 markets, he tends to focus on the idea that forcing households that use more data to pay more money is all about fairness. Well, since we know Comcast’s caps are all about money and not about a technical need to limit people’s usage, we have a pretty simple idea that might actually make Comcast’s data cap plan more consumer-friendly. More →

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Interview

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on why he thinks people hate cable companies

By on December 14, 2015 at 11:09 AM.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on why he thinks people hate cable companies

Why do people hate cable companies? If you ask 100 different people you’ll get 100 different answers, but there will undoubtedly be a few common threads that run through the vast majority of them. Poor customer service will likely be somewhere near the top of the list. While just about every major cable company in the country has acknowledged customer care issues to some degree, progress in this area is painfully slow and cable companies are regularly at the bottom of surveys that deal with customer service.

High prices are another pain point, and quality of service often comes up when people complain about their cable providers. When people pay $80, $120, even $200 or more per month, they want their Internet speeds to be as fast as advertised, and every outage stings more than the last.

People constantly take to the Internet to discuss why they hate their cable company and we’ve heard practically every story there is to hear, but there’s one unique perspective that hasn’t been explored: Why does Brian Roberts, CEO of what may be the most disliked cable company in the country, think people hate cable companies so much? More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast CEO says data caps are about ‘fairness,’ but they’re really about raising prices

By on December 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM.

Comcast CEO says data caps are about ‘fairness,’ but they’re really about raising prices

Oh, Comcast. You really do know how to make people love you, don’t you? Comcast CEO Brian Roberts this week tried defending his company’s embrace of data caps through a new usage-based pricing scheme that has caused an outcry from both customers and online content providers such as Sling TV. More →

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Sling TV Vs. Comcast Data Caps

Netflix needs to follow Sling TV’s lead and call out Comcast’s data caps

By on December 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Netflix needs to follow Sling TV’s lead and call out Comcast’s data caps

I’ve long said that major tech companies need to start realizing the threat that Comcast’s data cap scheme represents to their online video streaming businesses and now it looks like one of them has taken the lead. In an interview with CordCutting.com, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch explains why Comcast’s data caps are potentially damaging for streaming services and why Comcast gains an unfair advantage over competitors when it creates its own TV streaming service that isn’t subject to any data limits. More →

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Comcast Data Caps Vs. Open Internet

The best way to stop Comcast’s data caps from ruining the Internet

By on December 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

The best way to stop Comcast’s data caps from ruining the Internet

We’ve made the case several times now that Comcast’s data cap scheme is absolutely horrible for the open Internet, particular since it’s decided to exempt its own Stream TV service from any usage limits. Essentially, Comcast is creating its own separate Internet in which its own TV streaming services don’t face the limitations that rival services such as Netflix, Hulu or Sling TV have to face thanks to Comcast’s usage-based billing. Writing over at Medium, Harvard Law School professor and longtime cable industry critic Susan Crawford explains that the best way to combat Comcast’s data caps isn’t through additional regulation but through more competition. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

The cynical math behind Comcast’s data caps

By on December 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

The cynical math behind Comcast’s data caps

I’ve observed in the past that Comcast’s data caps look specifically designed to discourage cord cutting and the revelations that Comcast has created its own IP TV service that will not be subject to any usage restrictions has only confirmed my suspicions. However, this really only scratches the surface of the cynical math behind Comcast’s data caps, which are going to do far more damage to rival video streaming services in the coming years than what they’re doing right now. More →

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Honest Logos Apple Amazon Comcast Netflix

Hilarious ‘Honest Slogans’ project imagines a world where companies tell it like it is

By on December 1, 2015 at 12:17 PM.

Hilarious ‘Honest Slogans’ project imagines a world where companies tell it like it is

Logos and slogans are spectacular marketing and branding tools that flood our lives. Many of them enter our vocabulary and we end up automatically associating some phrases with certain companies forever. But one graphic designer wants to change all that with his “Honest Slogans” website, which imagines what these logos would say if they cut through all the marketing speak and told the truth. More →

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