When this guy
tried to sign up for Comcast cable without
providing his Social Security Number, they harassed him saying that they were required to ask for it under the Patriot Act.
Deal with this by first finding out what they're going to do with it and how they're going to protect it. I would most likely use the '0' trick
or just make sure your credit reports are frozen
and they wouldn't be able to run credit on you even if they tried.
, Data Abuse
Comcast has been in the news recently for blocking high-bandwidth traffic
in an attempt to keep people from using their Internet "too much
". If we're lucky, this story about them possibly getting sued for it
is true. As bad as Comcast is in service and customer service, it would be nice to hold their feet to the fire when they get caught doing bad stuff intentionally.
Oh, and if you missed it, Comcast has been trying damage control without much success
, net neutrality
I already reported on Comcast blocking Peer-2-Peer filesharing traffic
, but apparently they've extended the blocks to enterprise software
(in this case, Lotus Notes).
When Lotus Notes users attempt to send e-mail with larger attachments over Comcast's network, Notes will drop its connection. Instead of a successfully sent e-mail, they're greeted with the error message, "Remote system no longer responding." Kanarski did some digging and has managed to verify that Comcast's reset packets are the culprit.
It should be noted that everything that has been reported as being blocked by Comcast are things that cause high traffic on Comcast's networks. Even though people pay for their high speed Internet, Comcast will be damned if they actually let you use it. I mean, I've never been dropped from Comcast service for using their Internet "too much" like some people
, but I definitely can't get decent service to save my life.
For example, if I start one download at about 100kB/s, the rest of my Internet connection limps along like a two legged cat! So much for my 6 megabit connection speed.
Something is seriously wrong with Comcast and I hope some regulator comes down on them hard soon.
, net neutrality