posted on Aug, 29 2008 @ 07:48 PM
A bit more info on this is coming out.
Comcast Excessive Use FAQ
Where's the consumer meter?
Ok, so the FAQ is really geared towards generalized questions with generalized answers. They have steered clear of mentioning anything about truely
why this is happening, leaving that up to the reporters and others to say that it is to throttle the P2P b/w hogs. Of course, not all P2P is illegal
file sharing, they just want everyone to believe that.
They give somewhat irrelevant statistics in the FAQ, then in the Q&A do not seem to mention them at all. Most notably is the mention of the statistic
about 50 million .05/kb emails. I read it twice, its not responded to anywhere. Have you ever sent an email that was less than 1 kb? Impossible.
If you even include just your name without a designed signature and more than a couple of words in the subject and body, you cannot do it. My company
required signature block is 15 kb alone. Thats 300x the posted statistic. That means that the 50 million emails that they say I can send turns into
roughly 166,667 emails that only include my signature. No subject, no body.
So, a little math application here:
.05 kb is the base line
(personal statistic) 1 mb average email = 1024 kb or 20480x the base line
Apply that to the 50 million emails statistic and you get 2441 emails per month at 1 mb per mail
I send emails out that are up to 5 mb each, which brings the statistic down even further. Get caught up in one of those forwarding spam/scams and you
could be sending even larger mails out. Keep applying the math and you can see how this degrades rather quickly, which is why they will not address
it. Apply that even to the movie downloads, legal music downloads, a couple of hours on Hulu, anything that causes you to download, and the service
begins to deteriorate at an alarming rate for the above average net user. They say this applies to only the worst very small percentage and have
ratified that number to 5%.
Comcast users beware. This is only the beginning. As soon as you are settled in with paying an "unlimited" usage price for limited use, they are
going to create some more statistics to validate throttling speeds and trimming more b/w from you. All while still holding that cost to consumer at a
current or increased rate.