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RE: SlashDot: "Comcast Gunning for NAT Users"

  • From: Vivien M.
  • Date: Thu Jan 31 23:20:15 2002

On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Tim Irwin wrote:

> [snip]
> > If the ISP sells "unlimited" access, then customers have every
> > right to use
> > it without limit.
> >
> > If the ISP places restrictions on what access is allowed and/or how long,
> > then it is no longer an unlimited service, and it would be fraud to market
> > it as such.
> >
> > ISPs count on customers not using all of what is sold to them; if
> > they turn
> > out to be wrong, that is a part of the risk they took.
> I remember back in college when I was the customer of an upstart ISP I
> received a nasty-gram that explained to me the difference between the term
> "unlimited" and "dedicated" (which stills sounds like marketing spin). This
> was back in the day when racks of USR couriers were the norm.  Their
> argument was they didn't want someone tying up a modem and a line 24/7.
> They wanted me to upgrade my $36.95/mo "unlimited" account to a ~$300/mo
> account plus pay a one-time setup fee that was exactly the street price of a
> USR courier.

Just out of curiosity, was this an ISP in Ithaca, NY or nearby? (The
description seems to match someone we've done business with there)

Vivien M.
Assistant System Administrator
Dynamic DNS Network Services

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