If you know me, I'm a fairly calm and collected. Most of the time. There are times when I see jungles of wires infesting the floor below a desk. Sure, I'll raise some questions. Or maybe my power cuts out and my UPS failed simultaneously. Not cool, but still, I'm collected. But when it comes to my Internet and Comcast calling me threatening to ban me for going over their 250GB bandwidth cap? Well, now you've got my attention (and not in a good way).
Comcast has been pushing their marketing campaign quite substantially over the past few months. With a slew of comical commercials, a quirky new identity, and website overhaul, one might think they might actually be our "friends."
But actions speak much louder than words or webpages or commercials ever will. Not only has Netflix started an all-out war on Comcast for charging exorbitant fees for their streaming media service, but their bandwidth caps and BitTorrent throttling is just enough to make a person want to turn Comcast Town into this:
At first, I was a bit surprised I even neared the 250GB monthly cap. Sure, I have three roommates who are big Hulu and Netflix users, they download every so often, and scour the Internet for videos. And perhaps that's enough to push our bandwidth near the edge, but does calling someone at 4AM, threatening them in a demeaning voice really solve anything? I think not.
Currently, the U.S. has a "general" policy on net neutrality. And like many "general" policies, debates on what's allowed and what isn't plays a vital role into this new realm of the Internet space. The issue of net neutrality does and will continue to play a huge part in how to enjoy our media content in our homes.
For me, I feel it's important that Comcast doesn't get away with such atrocious practices. For instance, our Netflix fees shouldn't be going up because Comcast feels they are "threatening" their cable services. Instead, Comcast should be finding new ways to up the value of traditional cable. In today's rapidly changing digital world, the greedy ones who are unwilling to change from their old business models will only hurt themselves in the long run.
What do you guys think? Is net neutrality really that big of a deal? Does Comcast have the right to control the Internet?