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Charter charges more money for slower Internet on streets with no competition

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum service truck in McKinney, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Getty Images | Bloomberg It’s no surprise that cable companies charge lower prices for broadband when they face competition from fiber-to-the-home services. But an article yesterday by Stop the Cap provides a good example of how dramatically promotional prices for …

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Cox’s bad customer service stymies users who don’t want upload speeds cut

Enlarge Getty Images | Jill Ferry Photography Cox has been making it extremely difficult or impossible for some customers to stick with their current Internet speeds despite promising that it won’t force users onto plans with slower uploads. As we wrote two weeks ago, Cox informed customers with 300Mbps download and 30Mbps upload speeds that …

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Cable ISP warns “excessive” uploaders, says network can’t handle heavy usage

Enlarge Getty Images | Bosca78 Mediacom, a cable company with about 1.4 million Internet customers across 22 states, is telling heavy uploaders to reduce their data usage—even when those users are well below their monthly data caps. Mediacom’s fastest Internet plan offers gigabit download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds with a monthly data cap of …

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Law bars ISPs from charging rental fees for a modem you own

Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/picture alliance via Getty Images Has your internet provider ever charged rental fees for a modem even after you bought one? You won’t have that pushback any longer. As Ars Technica notes, the Television Viewer Protection Act taking effect December 20th will ban ISPs and TV providers from charging rental fees for equipment customers …

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Apple’s braided Thunderbolt 3 cable costs $129

Apple Apple has started selling a high-end certified 40 Gbps Thunderbolt cable that’s either a real bargain or ridiculously expensive, depending on your point of view (via The Verge). The braided $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro Cable supports the full Thunderbolt 3 spec, including DisplayPort video and 100 watt charging, while allowing for USB 3.1 Gen …

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Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

The cable industry takes a subtle approach to anti-Title II advertising. National Cable & Telecommunications Association <div class=”article-intro”>It’s 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work, entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it isn’t regulated as a utility the way …

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