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[LightReading] Comcast Says No to Usage-Based Billing

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Don't expect Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to follow AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and CableOne and launch a usage-based billing (UBB) model for broadband services anytime soon. (See Will Cable Follow AT&T's Lead on Usage Fees?)

Speaking at a Barclays Capital conference this morning, Comcast CFO Mike Angelakis was adamant that UBB models just aren't in the cards at the moment, and that the MSO is content with its current Internet usage policy, which keeps "excessive use" in check via a monthly 250-gigabyte cap. (See Comcast Draws the Line at 250GB.)

"First of all, [to] be clear, we're not adopting it," Angelakis said of UBB.

But never say never. "We've deployed the instrumentation that people need to ... gauge how much they're using, and if we ever wanted to go to usage-based billing or consumption-based billing, we could possibly do that," he added...
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Yay?
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they DID say that it's POSSIBLE though...

always take corpopoporations' words with a grain of salt
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Wouldn't it be easier to just give us options? You can either buy unlimited service based on a montly fee or you can buy 1000 minutes and 1000 texts.
Obviously thats not exactly how they should do it, but it's how many cell phone companies work and people seem to like having options better than being forced one way or another.
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I think this is good news...?

250GB is plenty for me (personally). I predict that in a few years it may not be, especially if my entire family decides to stream content instead of using the TV. Only time will tell.
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I predict that in a few years it may not be, especially if my entire family decides to stream content instead of using the TV. Only time will tell.
Well, since everything is transitioning slowly to internet-delivered media, ISPs figure they can implement caps and anger far less people now than in 5-10 years when it hurts the majority of their userbase at once. Real shady stuff, but who's going to tell them otherwise? Certainly not the weak, "lets not be mean to anyone and just take it up the butt 'til we're dead" populace.
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United States: The third world of internet.
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United States: The third world of internet.
How would you rate North Korea, then?
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How would you rate North Korea, then?
like the congo
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