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Re: Comcast throws down gauntlet to residential accounts
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Last fall I sat through the whole day public FCC hearing on Comcast's
outrageous behavior to P2P traffic (and presumably other traffic, too, but
that was the biggie) held at Harvard Law School.
Things started LATE because Comcast had stacked the room with their dummies
that had no idea what was happening and were just trying to stay awake. The
FCC Chairman, in commenting on the late start while we all waited for the
146 or so overflow attendees to be accomodated in another room via a video
and audio feed, also made it quite clear the FCC was well aware that a lot
of attendees in the main hall were only there because Comcast had arranged
for them to be filling seats.
Congressman Markey was there, too, to say his opening remarks since his
committee has oversight over the FCC.
One or two minutes of listening to the Comcast chief counsel and I was
convinced the FCC wasn't going to get anything out of him, but at least they
could turn the flames up as they stirred the pot periodically. I doubt any
additional oil or grease was needed to prevent sticking to the pan, though
maybe I missed when they had to ladel some off lest what was probably oozing
out and collecting spill over.
It just went downhill all day for Comcast. After the official ceremony was
over, there was a beer/wine/cheese/cracker type reception in another campus
building, and I heard the FCC's Chair's private comments to those of us
walking with him. If you thought he was pissed at them from his public
comments, you got very sure from his more private ones.
They were just out of control! That the entire FCC made a whole day hearing
on the East Coast, and then on the West Coast, meant that the FCC was
getting a LOT of complaints.
The fix as far as I can tell is DOCSIS 3 modems and more bandwidth, but that
is still over what would have been revenue bearing video channels Comcast
misses and Comcasts engineering approach is just to cover light weight
normal browsing, and the "fix" is nothing but temporary!!!
We all need to let the FCC know how terrible Comcast still is.
There was one VENDOR allowed in and who had a display table and screen right
up front where everyone could see! The product however was FREE nad the
vendor was MIRO (or still is Democracy Player for those yet gagging on the
They POINTED TO MIRO and said here is a great new technology to empower
anyone to distribure their videos to the masses virtually for free. This is
the kind of goodness and change the internet can make and this is exactly
what Comcast's SandVine deep packet inspection boxes were stalking to kill.
TOR may not be quite as warm and fuzzy as MIRO, but both are important when
we live in a world of lies and spin doctors and corporate "media" that can't
tell the truth (if they even know it) lest they be fired.
We need to find the exact sore points and buttons that will excite the FCC
and panic Comcast. Mumbling "I may call the FCC" isn't the same as "I'm one
of the authors of document X over 10,000 of which have been sent to the
FCC - please continue to give us more material for the updated version being
sent later this month. I understand you must have already heard of the first
version by now...".
Can TOR folks TORture Comcast? Don't know, but can't hurt to try.
FWIW, Comcast did not appear at the reception, but VZ's two very sharp
representatives were there. One was I suspect a Lobbyist, and the other was
very technical and holds several of the patents VZ used against Vonage. Both
very clean cut and well spoken and in stark contrast to Comcast's well
deserved "image" at the hearing.
FIOS is using CWDM (Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing) with 3 seperate
lambdas. Even in just what has been already deployed, there is a vast amount
of idle bandwidth they can sell. They can trivially add more colors and then
only need to equip the CO end of any 32 subscriber fiber and as needed
selected PON end points to be able to add some random other new high
bandwidth offerings that do not share the wave/lambda/color of the base
three. There is nothing to preclude packing a *LOT* more in as DWDM
(Dense....) simply by using the more expensive components but only as
In other words, Comcast is still very limited, and FIOS can crank out as
much bandwidth as needed trivially with what is already being deployed. VZ
has always to me seemed to be a do less charge more sort of company, but as
long as they don't sleeze past the local town cable folks by buying whomever
else they need at state or Washington level, and are supporting the PEG
video channels, I'm delighted they are making the RCNs and Comcasts of the
world work hard for our money.
I'm paying $65 per month for 20 meg UP and DOWN FIOS with one dynamic IP.
Some early on home folks got grandfathered in at about that price with
several fixed IPs. It is always the last mile where the choke point is. Long
haul and transit is dirt cheap these days.
I get any fixed IPs I need over a work provided T1 (yes I can and may yet
just tunnel them over the FIOS link), but my big problem is I can't figure
out how to have some things in a windows machine run with one set of IP
addresses and others use others without messing with virtual machines or
having the electric bill rocket with too many physical machines.
Ideally, individual applications should be able to handle multiple IPs, too.
Torrents or even TOR should be able to deal with a multihomed machine, and
keep selected things running in appropriate IP space. Something like
Communigate PRO does let me use specific IP addresses for selected email
domains as needed.
Many folks have housemates with different internet access, and then there is
that 25 DB parabolic getting idle WiFi bandwidth off hours from the
library/coffieeshop/laundromat in sight a block or few away. Applications
and OSes need to make using multiple addresses trivial even just in IPV4
Creamed spinach dip was excellent, too. A shame Comcast didn't come over to
socialize. I bet a lot of rude remarks were poised and ready to fly.