The Rules FCC-1524
Adopted on February 26, 2015, the FCC's Open Internet rules are designed to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation's broadband networks. The Open Internet rules are grounded in the strongest possible legal foundation by relying on multiple sources of authority, including: Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. As part of this decision, the Commission also refrains (or "forbears") from enforcing provisions of Title II that are not relevant to modern broadband service. Together Title II and Section 706 support clear rules of the road, providing the certainty needed for innovators and investors, and the competitive choices and freedom demanded by consumers.
The Open Internet rules went into effect on June 12, 2015. They are ensuring consumers and businesses have access to a fast, fair, and open Internet.
The new rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband service. This approach recognizes advances in technology and the growing significance of mobile broadband Internet access in recent years. These rules will protect consumers no matter how they access the Internet, whether on a desktop computer or a mobile device.
Bright Line Rules:
No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.
123. The no-throttling rule also addresses conduct that impairs or degrades content, applications, or services that might compete with a broadband provider’s affiliated content. For example, if a broadband provider and an unaffiliated entity both offered over-the-top applications, the no-throttling rule would prohibit broadband providers from constraining bandwidth for the competing over-the-top offering to prevent it from reaching the broadband provider’s end user in the same manner as the affiliated application.280 Page 52. FCC 15-24
So can someone from comcast explain how data caps are promoting anything in the above mentioned? Im just failing to see how data caps fall in line with these new FCC RULES? Some cable providers, not saying Comcast does, even have specific protocols about how to handle customers who bring up the net neutraility issue.
The rule you quote is unrelated to any CAP that a customer has on their account. You can buy a huge SUV but gasoline costs the same per gallon to fill the SUV as it does to fill a small economy car. Comcast provides different 'speed' tiers which your multiple concurrent users can use their share of your bigger pipe. The total that goes through your pipe is measured and that data that is not inside/from Comcast's internal managed network (example: cloud DVR streams) counts toward the Cap (if any). Customers like me in Cap areas can upgrade to unlimited data at optional, extra cost. for info, I have streaming to-cloud security cameras (2) running 24/7 and some IOT running all the time and stream a lot. Per my iPhone's xFinity My Account app i have used 165GB through the 25th. I note you said you have 4k through Netflix but you didn't mention that Netflix charges more for that level of service (you pay more than HD only customers). Did you write Netflix and complain that your increased consumption of data from them should be free, too?
All the above is illustrative and not in any way a statement against any other customer's thoughts/feelings/beliefs about Caps and speed tiers (mine is blast 75 at the moment).
Comcast rolls out 1TB cap, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges
By Joel Hruska on October 12, 2016 at 7:30 am
FCC fines Comcast $2.3 million for cramming
The FCC notes that it received numerous complaints regarding Comcast’s behavior, including unordered services or products, DVR rental charges, and premium channel sign-ups that were never authorized. The FCC notes that in some cases, customers were signed up for these products despite specifically and repeatedly telling Comcast that they did not want either the products or services in question.
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