Comcast WILL cap everyone: Utility rates from a utility that's not a utility?


David Cohen lobbies for more money from your pocket.

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) plans to cap everyone. The company let the cat out of the bag to financial analysts yesterday.

Amusingly, the company is still trying to convince regulators that there's adequate competition in American broadband markets, so if you don't like it, you can switch to... errm... squirrel!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder by how much their cable bill will increase.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


On an analyst call, Comcast's David Cohen explains how he sees network neutrality:

The right way to do this is to use usage-based billing...on the last mile and to do it in a fair and non-discriminatory fashion. ... That is the way you can deliver the equity proposition that heavier users pay more. ... It really has nothing to do with [buying TWC]. It's a generic industry-related issue. [It's not] an open Internet issue

We have a series of pilots. ... We think what we are doing is totally appropriate. ... I think we are approaching this in the most responsible and rational way that you can approach it. ... More than 98% of our customers are not affected by this. ... We are very comfortable with the way we are proceeding.

I would predict that in 5 years Comcast at least would have a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint [but] the vast majority of our customers would never be caught in the buying the additional buckets of usage. ... The basic level of usage [will be] at a sufficiently high might be 500 gig a month.  MORE


Jon Brodkin analyses thuswise:

Comcast, which has about 20 million broadband customers, has rolled out caps to some of the areas that it serves. ... Customers generally get 300GB of data per month, with $10 charges for each extra 50GB.

Comcast is attempting to purchase Time Warner Cable, which has rolled out 30GB plans in exchange for $5 off. ... The government could conceivably require Comcast to maintain unlimited plans in Time Warner Cable territory.  MORE


And Karl Bode sees the writing on the wall:

Comcast slowly but surely has expanded their usage-cap trials throughout less competitive Southern markets. ... Top Comcast lobbyist David Cohen...chose his words very carefully. ... Comcast plans to eventually to cap everyone (it's amusing to watch Cohen pretend he's not sure of this). ... Everything that comes out of his mouth needs to be taken with an even a larger grain of salt than usual.

What companies like Comcast are doing is simply taking current, already-expensive flat-rate plans...and affixing usage caps and overage fees on them, making existing product immeasurably more expensive. ... Everybody pays more -- no matter what.

The end result is usually just a rate hike wearing lipstick and a dress.  MORE


So Craig Mod says the Comcast EVP speaks with forked tongue:

Don't treat us like a utility but let us act like a utility.  MORE


Meanwhile, in Europe, poeticinsomniac scoffs:

Gigabit fiber for $18 a month in Romania. 500 Megabit for $15 a month. No cap.  MORE

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