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Comcast plans data limits for all customers | WTVR.com

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Comcast is considering imposing monthly usage limits for all of its Internet customers.

David Cohen, executive vice president of America’s largest cable company, predicted at a conference Wednesday that in five years’ time, the company will have “a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint.”

That means Comcast customers could only consume a certain amount of data before facing extra charges for going over their limits.

Internet should be delivered like water. Can you imagine your water utility deciding that it’s going to deliver a certain amount of water to your home, and then shut it off after an arbitrary limit, unless you pay more? What about delivering water faster or at better quality to people who pay more for it? It’s unthinkable.

Companies like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T are using publicly-funded infrastructure (in addition to whatever the companies have built themselves) and should not be allowed to act in a way that’s counter to the public interest.

Welcome to Australia, although we don’t get charged more if we go over our quota, we just get dial-up speed :/

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I visited the Eiffel tower in December 2012, on Contiki. Our tour manager was telling us some bunk story about Napoleon’s teddy bear being in one of the windows on a building, so as we were preoccupied searching for it, we didn’t notice that opposite us was the Eiffel tower. We went up to the second floor the next day and had a look around. It was raining heavily and it was really windy up there. We had some lunch in the cafe that was up there and then came down, as we couldn’t go any higher due to wind.

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I went to Sydney with some friends last year, not as high tech as I expected from the should be capitol of Australia. We went to see the Opera house, it was raining a lot. We walked up the stairs and saw some projections on the side. We went and had something to eat in the restaurants below, and the rain was falling onto a patio heater making it sizzle.

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I saw the Mona Lisa on my contiki tour. The line to get into the Louvre in Paris was pretty small so we got it quick. The place is massive, you could spend ages there if you like repetitive art. We saw the Mona Lisa, it was pretty average, but I guess it’s the people that make something popular, more than the thing itself.

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I got my learner license at 17, failed the test once, but got it just before the rules changed to require logbooks and 100 hours of driving. On my provisional test I passed on the first go, and a few years later I got my open license, which I’ve had for 2 years :D 

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