RE: Comcast Attack on netneutrality datausage
Up front… We use to have four phones on Republic (different accounts within household) and brought several other users (10+) over to Republic. However, back when the service model changed we moved to another WiFi Cell solution and left only our 8-year old on the limited Cell Only w/WiFi plan (still a good fit, for now). So, of all the people that I brought over to Republic… only my 8-year old and my two in-laws remain.
So, where am I going with this…
I already know from previous conversations on this forum that there is some really ‘different’ thoughts from people on here - such as, thinking Internet data is like water (precious commodity), don’t use more than you need, and well… if you use more then them… well, your a bad person… or at least that’s the feeling I got. So, I’m already ready for those type of responses… this is more for those folks who are really connected and use technology in their families daily life.
Anyway… we are a family of five (5) and have roughly ten (10) computers (laptops, desktops, and server), five (5) cell phones, and two (2) tablets, and two (2) Smart TV’s (one 4K) in the house.
NOTE: The 4K TV does use a lot more bandwidth… so, if your not willing to stream data… stay away from the good stuff.
We are responsible users:
- HomeServer downloads all Windows 10 updates ONCE and disseminates to LAN
- We use PLEX (LAN) for all our local stored media
- We use local BlueRay and 3D media
- No Torrents, No *Sharing
NOTE: Yes, I will know if the kids try… running a BlueCoat appliance and control the gateway.
However, we do use services like:
Alarm Relay (Home Alarm)
Amazon Prime (purchased videos)
Cell Service (w/WiFi off loading)
Crash Plan Pro (Offsite Cloud Backup)
Ooma (Home VoIP)
Skype (video call)
Which is to say we have a life and are well connected.
*The only sharing we use to allow was for the in-laws (retired), on a budget; we allowed them to use the free Crash Plan app to backup their computers to our Home-server. However, due to COMCAST now metering all data (up/down) we have stopped this “free” sharing. So, the COMCAST effect is already starting to trickle down…
For those who don’t read between the lines… once one bottom-line bean counter starts it… the others will follow suit.
If your with COMCAST, the Republic Wireless model is built on the concept of off-loading calling to the Internet.
COMCAST wants to force people back into “bundles” or “packages”:
- Partner with their cell provider
- Use their home phone service
- Use their Amazon, Pandora, Netflix like services
Unfortunately, I’m new to Comcast, only 7 months into my contract of 24…
However, if they don’t do an about-face on this policy… on principal alone… I’ll vote with my feet when I can.