Of course, I am not the only person who feels that Comcast Sucks, but I am fired up about them starting up the Tiered Internet whether we like it or not (DIGG article here).
There are a lot of arguments from the MBAs about why companies like Comcast need to charge different amounts for people who may use more bandwidth, or differing service offerings than the standard HTTP, POP3, etc., but that should be clearly explained in the company’s ads.
Oh, you don’t want people using all of the six megabits you promised them in your very expensive ads / commercials / billboards / banners / pop-ups / etc? Hmmm. Ever thought about SAYING that? Maybe hire one of those car-sales announcers who can read 10,000 words per second and throw the fine-print in there at the end of your commercials:
Here’s some sample fine-print that Comcast is welcome to use*:
I was a Comcast High Speed Cable Internet customer for seven years. I am no longer a customer as of this month, partially thanks to this, but also because of other service degradations that seemed to “quietly” seep into their network.
When a company like Comcast doesn’t trust its customers to mash-up their service and use it in their way, it’s the beginning for the end of that company’s respect. Instead of letting a “hundred flowers blossom“, they only want one, gigantic, comcastic flower, cast in bronze, that all customers must yield to and hail as the almighty provider of all things media.
With this blatant punishment of anything unorthadox, it seems that the term Comcastic is actually referring to having a high-speed network that numbly feeds your mindless eyeballs the content they want to feed you which, of course, is highly monetized, product-placement-ized, mass-market-ized and designed to keep the mainstream masses bowing down to the almighty “network producers” who determine at the flick of a mouse-click what is “cool” and what is “not”
At the end of the day, when companies LIE about what they’re actually providing you, that’s step one to disastrous failure.
* Fine Print: Any use by Comcast, real or implied, of these terms and conditions, shall result in payment of $40/month, every month, forever and ever, unless the entire agreement is used, at which point and additional service fee of $5/word per month per day per forever per person per megabit.