What’s really behind the Comcast 250 GB bandwidth cap

So you think it’s the FCC’s order telling Comcast not to block P2P applications? Not so, according to Harold Feld of the Media Access Project. It’s actually Comcast’s settlement with the Florida Attorney General. Apparently, Comcast had kicked off the highest 1000 users regardless of bandwidth use or geographical location because they were violating Comcast’s “excessive use of capacity” policy. The Florida Attorney General sued Comcast finding that simply shutting out the top 1000 users did not meet the standards of consumer protection or “reasonable network management.” So as part of the settlement agreement with the Florida Attorney General, Comcast was required to state what “excessive use” means in its Acceptable Use Policy. So they had to specify some number and voila, 250 GB per month.

Read more on Harold’s blog and download the Comcast settlement agreement (10 pages only).

Comments

  1. DONALD E GENTRY says:

    THE HIDDEN CONCERN COMCAST HAS IS THE INVASION BY NETFLIX (AND OTHERS) IN PROVIDING FULL LENGTH MOVIES VIA THE INTERNET/COMPUTERS.THIS COULD ERODE THE MULTIBILLION DOLLARS “PAY PER VIEW” CABLE DISTRIBUTION COMCAST NOW ENJOYS IN A VIRTUAL MONOPOLY IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.