It’s that happy time again — broadband access is FINALLY available in my area! Months of squatting on a 56k are nearly over.
However, I am a more Politically Aware Geek now. I read Slashdot. I have Dib-like levels of suspicion about every business organization with more than zero people employed. Therefore, I rang up Comcast today to drill them on their cable modem policies and practices. (After all, their website’s AUP and subscriber policy links gave me 404. Hmmmmm.) I invite any technical minded people to spot flaws in these answers for me…
According to them…
…I have to pay for each computer on my home network. (And how, praytell, will they be able to tell I’m running a LAN via a router?)
…upstream is capped at 1.5mb/s. No big deal.
…downstream is uncapped, burstable, and has no limits set. Supposedly I could squat on it and download gigs and gigs constantly and they won’t complain. We’ll see if they were lying about that.
…they block game server ports and web server ports, but not instant messaging or even peer to peer filesharing. (Translation: If I map a server to some wildly nonstandard port I should be okay.)
…they partner with giganews.com for USENET access, and 1 gig of news is free a month. Above that — ANY amount above that — it’s just five bucks for the month. Hmmm.
…they don’t share my customer information with any other companies.
…and here’s a kicker: they don’t do ANY monitoring of URLs or file traffic in and out of my machine, unless ordered to by law enforcement or something. (My guess is this means they can’t tell if I’m running a LAN or if I’m running nonstandard ported servers since that’d imply studying my traffic.)
So, I’m going to go ahead and buy the broadband package… although I remain suspicious. Danger lurks at every corner. Jackals sniff for blood and wait for me to make one wrong move. WAIT! LOOK OUT! AHH! (runs away)