Comcast T-Mobile Merger Rumor

C-Mobile: Buying the ‘Un-carrier’ would be Comcast’s ultimate revenge

By on October 22, 2015 at 12:04 PM.

C-Mobile: Buying the ‘Un-carrier’ would be Comcast’s ultimate revenge

Comcast is a bit of a wounded beast right now. It’s still smarting from a pair of embarrassing defeats over net neutrality and its failed Time Warner Cable merger. Not to mention, its reputation remains in the gutter after several instances of its poor customer service went viral thanks to customers who recorded their phone calls with the cable giant. But you can’t keep a good corporate super villain down, which is why I’m not surprised to hear speculation that Comcast will make a big splash in the wireless market by buying T-Mobile. More →

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Why is Comcast So Bad

Comcast’s brilliant plan to make you accept data caps: Refuse to admit they’re data caps

By on October 2, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Comcast’s brilliant plan to make you accept data caps: Refuse to admit they’re data caps

Comcast has a problem: It wants to implement data caps but it knows customers hate data caps. Its solution: Call them something other than “data caps.” As DSLReports points out, Comcast is bringing its capped data plans to lucky customers in Florida while simultaneously insisting that it isn’t implementing data caps. More →

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LTE-U Vs Wi-Fi

Big cable companies are fighting to stall new tech that would improve cellular service

By on September 22, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

Big cable companies are fighting to stall new tech that would improve cellular service

Google Fiber is hardly the only threat to ISP mainstays like Comcast and Time Warner Cable these days. There are three times as many wireless accounts as there are cable broadband accounts in the United States, and wireless growth is seen continuing at a much more rapid pace than land-based broadband growth. What’s more, usage patterns are continuing to shift toward mobile devices and away from traditional computers.

The nation’s top cable companies have spent quite a bit of money of late building out large Wi-Fi networks across the country, and they have spent even more money marketing their networks of Wi-Fi hotspots. Some ISPs are even launching their own Wi-Fi only mobile phone services. Why? Because mobile is the battleground of the future and ISPs need to do everything they can to keep customers connected while they’re on the go.

But a new technology is emerging that may threaten to weaken the quality of ISPs’ Wi-Fi networks while strengthening their competitors’ cellular services, and Big Cable has no plans to take things lying down. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast CEO says ‘you can’t raise the price forever,’ just before Comcast raises prices

By on September 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Comcast CEO says ‘you can’t raise the price forever,’ just before Comcast raises prices

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts acknowledged this week that you can’t keep raising prices forever… but that doesn’t mean prices can’t go up next month! Ars Technica flags a report from The Hollywood Reporter that reveals Roberts told a Goldman Sachs telecom conference this week that “you can’t keep raising the price [of cable bundles] forever” because “these things have a way of correcting and balancing out before something draconian happens.” However, Ars notes that Comcast is set to unleash a major round of price hikes in several markets across the U.S., including in Oregon and New Mexico. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

FCC complaints reveal the horrors of Comcast’s data caps

By on September 16, 2015 at 11:51 AM.

FCC complaints reveal the horrors of Comcast’s data caps

When it comes to customer service, Comcast is an anti-miracle worker, sort of like if Jesus had tried turning water into wine and it came out as King Cobra instead. Sure, it’s still an impressive achievement, but is it really something worth bragging about? Because of this, we weren’t surprised to see CityExplainer’s big report that revealed the Federal Communications Commission has received more than 2,000 complaints about Comcast over just the past three months for reasons spanning from poor customer service to billing errors to data cap policies. More →

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TV
Cable TV Bill

The average cable bill has increased by nearly 40% in 5 years

By on September 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The average cable bill has increased by nearly 40% in 5 years

You know the old saying that “truth is stranger than fiction”? Well sometimes, they just so happen to intersect.

Not that long ago, there was a great Onion headline that read, “Nation’s Cable Companies Announce They’re Just Going To Take $100 From Everyone.” As anyone who has paid for cable in recent years can attest, cable bills, no matter the provider, have a seemingly miraculous way of inching towards $100/month regardless of whatever package you may have chosen.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

By on September 1, 2015 at 7:35 AM.

Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

Let’s be honest: The only reason we tolerate mobile data caps at all is because we at least have wireline networks at home that we can fall back on. Comcast and other ISPs seem determined to end unlimited data for home networks as well, however.  More →

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Comcast Gigabit Internet

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

By on August 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

Though maligned for its customer support and billing practices, the one thing Comcast decidedly does well is offer fast Internet service. In recent nationwide testing, SpeedTest.net found that Comcast is the fastest nationwide ISP in the country. And now comes word that the company’s fast Internet is about to get a whole lot faster.

During a recent interview with FierceCable, Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said that Comcast has plans to offer gigabit Internet service to all of its customers by 2018.

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Comcast 4K

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

By on August 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

While there’s no disputing that the picture quality of 4K content is absolutely breathtaking, the transition to a 4K world isn’t going to happen overnight. For starters, 4K HDTVs are relatively expensive and remain something of a curiosity for most mainstream consumers. Even though the price of 4K sets have gone down dramatically in the last 12 months alone, the percentage of 4K sets in living rooms remains small.

Even more limiting is the fact that most content today simply isn’t being produced in 4K. While Netflix is committed to shooting all of its original programming in 4K — and even 6K in the case of House of Cards — they are in the minority. Furthermore, because 4K is so data heavy, bandwidth issues may impede widespread adoption.

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Comcast Xfinity Share App

Awesome Comcast Xfinity Share app gives us a glimpse into the future

By on August 21, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Awesome Comcast Xfinity Share app gives us a glimpse into the future

For as much as people talk about living in a connected world, the reality is that we’ve just scratched the surface of what is possible. Speaking to this point, Comcast on Friday announced that it was making one of its coolest features available to all subscribers.

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Comcast Data Caps

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

By on August 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

Say what you will about Comcast and their customer service, but the company does provide the fastest internet speeds amongst all nationwide ISPs. As we highlighted earlier this month, Comcast Xfinity delivers an average download speed of 104Mbps alongside an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps.

That’s great and all, but with Comcast simultaneously implementing a rigid 300 GB data cap on its users, the company has naturally been accused of teasing users with download speeds that can quickly eat into the 300 GB threshold and subsequently result in fines for going over.

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Cable Modem Router

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

We recently wrote about an awful pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight. Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract, and then you’ll have to pay hundreds more or return the box when it comes time to move or cancel your service.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. As is often the case with cable boxes, however, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware. More →

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Comcast Internet Speed Test Fastest

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

By on August 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

Comcast is not a well loved company in the United States. Somewhat paradoxically, however, Comcast also happens to be the ISP with the fastest overall speeds of any nationwide provider in the country. SpeedTest.net this week announced its first-ever awards for ISPs in the U.S. and it found that Comcast’s Xfinity was the fastest overall service with an average download speed of just under 105Mbps and an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps. More →

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