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Comcast Shutsdown Usenet Access For Customers

October 12th, 2008

Comcast has recently announced that they will no longer provide free Usenet services for its customers. The service, which officially ended on September 17th, has been extended to use until October 25th. A recent statement from Comcast reads:

‘The Comcast Newsgroups service, will be discontinued as of September 17th. Existing customers will continue to be able to access the service until October 25th. This decision is in alignment with other Internet Service Providers that have recently terminated their Newsgroups service due to the declining popularity of Newsgroups as customers chose other methods, such as RSS feeds and web browsing to access information.’

This move comes in tandem with other earlier announcements of Comcast that state their position of moving away from the Usenet arena.

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Comcast Imposes Speed Limit on Users

August 21st, 2008

Comcast , the nation’s largest cable TV provider and an ISP to over 14 million broadband subscribers, plans to begin throttling service to some broadband users it deems to be hogging the pipes during times of congestion, Bloomberg reported.

Comcast senior vice president and general manager of online services Mitch Bowling said that the company will monitor traffic “in nearly real time,” and penalize its heaviest users by impeding their connections for up to 20 minutes, dropping them down to DSL-equivalent speeds.

“If in fact a person is generating enough packets that they’re the ones creating that situation, we will manage that consumer for the overall good of all of our consumers,” Bowling told Bloomberg.

Initial reports state that the policing of bandwidth of users would be beginning shortly, although no specific date has yet been announced.


New York Attorney General Puts More Pressure on Comcast Usenet

July 22nd, 2008

New York Attorney General has been set on an initiative on pressuring ISPs to either filter or eliminate Newsgroups altogether. We recently posted on how Verizon, AT&T, AOL, Time Warner and Sprint have already taken action by either quickly eliminating groups or complete Usenet access to its customers.

Although Comcast has been part of our list, it appears they are not cooperating all the way – yet. Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General for New York has recently sent a letter that was obtained by the Associated Press and leaked to the public. The recent statement from Cuomo putting pressure on Comcast notes:

“Comcast’s unwillingness to sign the code of conduct and purge its system of child pornography puts Comcast at the back of the pack in the race to fight this scourge, and would likely be surprising to Comcast’s millions of customers across the country. Time is of the essence here, as every day without these measures is another day that this illegal material is sluicing through the Internet.”

Last week the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), of which Comcast is the primary driver, announced a “historic” agreement with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). But the letter claims this deal “fell well short” of Cuomo’s code of conduct.

The push from NY AG is a bit concerning as it nudges ISPs to become a net-nanny of sorts. A role that by law they are not obligated to comply with. The push from Andrew now questions not only the access ISPs will allow customers for a legitmate based service, but the role and power the ISPs are now expected to comply with that infringe on the rights of both the ISPs and its customers.

At Newsdemon, we respectfully honor your privacy although we do not support or condone any illegal activity. As advertised, we will continue to offer what the ISPs are all falling short of – Encrypted Unlimited, Uncensored High Speed Usenet Access.

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