Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Bullshit scam of the week

Okay, it's not entirely a scam, but it is bullshit. Comcast has been announcing that they're doubling the speed of their cable internet service without increasing the price. Well, for anyone who has been on-board with cable internet in some areas for long enough, you'll remember the good ol' days. Back when it was still @Home, we had speeds that could get up in the 4 Mb range. Then @Home went bankrupt, and AT&T absorbed their network (as I recall). AT&T promptly capped downstream speeds at 1.5 Mb. Yes, I know, I'm being a greedy cock. 1.5 Mb is still pretty fucking nice, and it's not like I ever had speed issues. But did they cut prices to compensate for the cut in service? Hell no. Oh, and let's not forget when they intorduced tiered pricing. You could get higher speeds, but of course, you had to pay more.

Now we have Cumcast acting all high and mighty, touting the "improvement" of their networks. Bullshit; this was obviously good to go a year or two ago, seeing as how we already had it at one point. I don't know if they've increased upstream speeds (and I'm sure someone out there can set me straight on this), but hopefuly they have. That will make it easier to send shit (read: porn) to ETP now that he's kicking it with DSL. Still, eff them for giving us back what we had before and pretending like they're doing something all grand and noble. I suppose I shouldn't complain, though, since we are getting more speed and they're actually not charging more, but that's never stopped me before.

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