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Comcast has handed out one million cord-cutting Xfinity Flex boxes

Comcast has handed out one million cord-cutting Xfinity Flex boxes

It also lets Comcast offer promotions for itself and other streaming companies. For instance, it made its ad-supported Peacock Premium streaming service available for free to Flex subscribers before it launches officially in July. And it’s currently offering a number of additional shows for free until May 17th, including episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale…
Sorry Comcast: School buses are internet providers now

Sorry Comcast: School buses are internet providers now

School buses are trundling down the block in some US towns — but please don’t try to hop on board. To reach students without stable WiFi at home, school districts in California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are sending buses equipped with long-distance routers to poor and rural neighborhoods. One Texas school district keeps its buses…
Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion

Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion

Residential hotspots — "Comcast's excuse simply does not add up," three US senators say. Jon Brodkin - May 7, 2020 7:08 pm UTC Three US senators today urged Comcast to open all of its Wi-Fi hotspots to children who lack Internet access at home during the pandemic. A letter from Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris…
Comcast overcharged elderly couple $600, denied refund until contacted by Ars

Comcast overcharged elderly couple $600, denied refund until contacted by Ars

Perils of auto-pay — Auto-pay compounded Comcast error, leading to a year of $50 monthly overcharges. Jon Brodkin - Apr 30, 2020 6:37 pm UTC Enlarge / A Comcast service van in October 2014.When Badr's grandparents moved from one house to another in April 2018, they had one simple request for Comcast—they wanted the cable…
Comcast waives data cap until at least June 30 in response to pandemic

Comcast waives data cap until at least June 30 in response to pandemic

Enjoy your unlimited data — Comcast hasn't enforced data cap since March 13 because of pandemic. Jon Brodkin - Apr 27, 2020 9:54 pm UTC Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018.After promising 60 days without data caps and overage fees for all customers, Comcast has decided to extend the data-cap…
Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast extend policies to waive late fees due to the pandemic through June 30th

Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast extend policies to waive late fees due to the pandemic...

AT&T, Comcast, Cox, and Verizon have all extended their policies to not charge late fees or cancel service for customers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30th. Virtually every major US broadband and telecom company had committed to waiving late fees and not canceling service for 60 days in mid-March, and…
Comcast waiving data caps hasn’t hurt its network—why not make it permanent?

Comcast waiving data caps hasn’t hurt its network—why not make it permanent?

Back in the before times, when a larger percentage of the human race roamed the Earth, i.e., several weeks ago, Comcast customers had to deal with something called a "data cap." Cable users who consumed more than a terabyte of Comcast-branded Internet data in a single month had to pay an extra $10 for each…
Comcast is raising rates for cable subscribers as it moves toward streaming

Comcast is raising rates for cable subscribers as it moves toward streaming

If you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, get ready to pay more. The company said on Thursday that rate “adjustments” are planned for 2020, as cable customers continue to shed their bundled cable / internet packages in favor of streaming channels. The company’s cable division continued to lose subscribers at a faster rate than expected in…
Comcast accused of lying about its prices, gets away with $1.3M settlement

Comcast accused of lying about its prices, gets away with $1.3M settlement

Comcast settlement — 31,600 customers will get refunds or debt relief in Minnesota settlement. Jon Brodkin - Jan 16, 2020 7:29 pm UTC Enlarge / A Comcast service vehicle in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 2016.Comcast has agreed to issue refunds to 15,600 customers and cancel the debts of another 16,000 people to settle allegations that…
Comcast and NBC’s Peacock streaming service bets on ads

Comcast and NBC’s Peacock streaming service bets on ads

Apple showed up to the streaming wars with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Disney arrived with Baby Yoda and the Avengers. HBO Max is bringing Friends. Now it’s Comcast’s turn. And the cable and TV giant thinks it can get a leg up on its rivals by offering something very different: Free video, plus ads.…

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Bot banned from Twitter for repeating Trump’s tweets verbatim

do facebook next? — Repeating a call to shoot looters got @SuspendThePres a visit from the banhammer. Jonathan M. Gitlin - Jun 3, 2020 5:27 pm UTC In the past, Twitter has said that incitements to violence from world leaders like President Donald Trump should be treated differently from those made by the rest of us.…

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