Sunday, August 31, 2008

Comcast to Limit Internet TV

Light Reading published and article describing that Comcast will impose a limit of 250 gigabytes per month starting October 1. This threshold will apply to less than 1 percent of its high speed Internet subscribers, since the median residential usage is 2 to 3 Gbytes per month.

This limit seems reasonable for the web browser, even the person who uses a lot of Youtube. However, this limit will permit only about 2 hours a day of HD TV viewing. This means that Comcast is limiting the ability of its high speed data to access over the top TV services that compete with its cable service. This seems to me to be anti competitive. It will be interesting to see how the FCC reacts to this, especially as Internet TV becomes more popular.

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