And the great telecom throttling wars of 2017 have begun. Back in July, Verizon customers noticed that the quality of video streams was being manipulated. Verizon insisted that it was just running a test. Then the company got trounced by T-Mobile (which already throttles video on mobile) in an overall speed test, and…
Broadband data caps have long been the enemy of net neutrality advocates who see the blatant cash-grab disguised as “network management” as a hinderance. Now, Netflix is joining the fray—for obvious reasons—as it stands the most to lose if Americans increasingly find themselves lashed to restrictive data caps.
In trial markets around the country Comcast inflicts a 300GB data cap onto customers. Complaints about these caps have increased from general outrage to borderline paranoia. Now, Comcast is now addressing the controversy… with yet another data cap.
Comcast is trying out a new fee that offers an all-you-can internet upgrade to customers with data caps. The so-called “Unlimited Data Option” allows you to use the internet as much as you want. The fee is $30, in addition to what customers are already paying for service. Wait, what?
There are broad, sweeping implications for the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This is not one of them. This is a very specific, fine print change. But for TWC customers—and, eventually, the rest of us—it's going to be the single worst part of the deal. Welcome to broadband data caps! They're here to…
Because data caps are the terrible reality to owning a smartphone, even giant companies want to help us poor saps who've signed our life away to carriers one 2-year contract at a time. ESPN is trying to make a deal with carriers to subsidize our data plans. Seriously.
Going over your mobile data cap limit costs more than a long distance phone call from a hotel room and for what? Crossing some invisible line in the sand drawn by your carrier? That's some bullsh*t. Brian Boyko explains exactly why data caps don't so much protect network infrastructure as generate revenue. [Blogphilo
In a welcome move that Comcast says is due to our changing Internet habits (streaming, streaming, streaming), Comcast is upping its monthly data caps from 250GB to 300GB. Nice! That's definitely less awful. This is the first increase in data cap size since Comcast introduced it back in 2008.
The new iPad, with its retina display and 4G LTE connectivity, is about to do wonders for your personal entertainment needs. But that much pretty at those speeds could also decimate your data cap. Why? Because nicer visuals means bigger file sizes. Here's how to limit the damage to your wallet.
Unless you're a Sprint customer—or you're grandfathered into an unlimited data plan—you've only got 2GB of mobile data to play with before you go broke or get throttled. Here's how to keep from going over your cap.
According to Bloomberg, Sprint will not only sell the iPhone 5, they'll have an unlimited data plan to go with it. If true, it will be huge for Sprint because neither AT&T nor Verizon offer unlimited data anymore.
Should ISPs should be able to limit or cut off your internet access for "overuse"? We won't get to the heart of this matter until people start asking the right questions. And so with that in mind I wanted to summarize the key issues. I'm also going to include a few questions that will make any broadband provider…
Everyone is freaking out because when we all come home at night, our Netflix sessions are responsible for 30% of the internet traffic during peak hours and everyone thinks it's breaking the internet's backbone. Wanna know something? Not true.
Starting today, Comcast subscribers in the Portland OR pilot market area will begin receiving notifications that they can access a usage meter via their online accounts to help avoid data overage charges.
If you are a Comcast subscriber that worries about exceeding the 250GB data cap, I have some good news. A usage meter is in the works that will help you avoid this problem.