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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Comcast Sucks Giant Hairy Monkey Ass

Forget the funny, this is the most important post we will put up this month.

In case you haven't been following it, some ISPs such as Comcast have been blocking or otherwise hampering file-sharing traffic connected to the Internet via its cable modems. Of course, making such decisions on what content gets through and what content doesn't is in violation of Net Neutrality.

And due to the AP busting Comcast (and other instances of Big Media Mega Corps attempting to control the Internet) as well as pressure from grassroots organizations such as SaveTheInternet.com, Congress and the FCC are finally taking notice.

Unfortunately, in an attempt to continue controlling what you and I can see and do online, Comcast has now been busted trying to block the public from the debate on this critical issue.

Yesterday, Comcast admitted to hiring people to fill seats before a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on the issue, then allowing its employees to take those seats right before the filled-to-capacity meeting started. Comcast confirmed to the AP it "hired people to fill seats after the hearing room doors opened at 7 a.m. and before the 11 a.m. start. As Comcast employees arrived, they replaced the hired seat-warmers."

Comcast defended this astroturfing by claiming it did what it did at the hearing because the non-partisan public advocacy group Free Press was urging people who thought Comcast's Internet blocking actions were wrong to attend. "For the past week, the Free Press has engaged in a much more extensive campaign to lobby people to attend the hearing on its behalf," Comcast said in a statement.

Hey, you stupid unethical jackasses -- that's not remotely the same! There is no "its behalf" on the other side of this. The group they're talking about -- of which I am not a member -- is a collection of citizens -- not a giant corporation -- who believe in the radical idea of a neutral and open Internet. Anybody can sign up. It's a grassroots organization. Put it this way, had I known about the meeting beforehand, I would have urged people to attend. And Comcast's lame-ass defense would be like saying it did what it did because the MZone lobbied people to come.

Look, every Comcast employee -- or anybody else who sides with mega-media corps like Comcast -- had just as much of a right to go attend this meeting. But the difference is when Comcast PAYS people to show up FOUR HOURS before the meeting so they can freeze out average folks and allow Comcast employees and/or "supporters" to show up right before the hearing starts to give the appearance to the panel that the general public is "split" on the issue.

What horseshit.

So why am I, a humble blogger, so hot under the collar about this issue? Because it goes to the core of what the Internet is all about -- the individual voice having equal footing with huge media corporations. If you like the MZone better than the well-funded MSM Michigan site, you come here. If not, you go there. But due to equal access between the two, the choice is yours -- John and Jane Q. Public. Unlike cable TV where only a select few voices get heard because only Big Media has access to an outlet.

Yet what happens if Net Neutrality is overturned? Maybe ISPs like Comcast make it hard for their subscribers to get on a site with posts like "Comcast Sucks Giant Hairy Monkey Ass." Maybe they slow up access to "amateur" sites like Everyday Should Be Saturday so that people get so fed up, they instead go to Everyday Should Be Comcasturday. Maybe they don't like what Brian at MGoBlog has to say about Comcast's battle with the Big Ten Network and start blocking his site for its customers.

Never happen? Tell that to the folks behind DearAOL.com.

So please do your part. Contact your member of Congress, or the FCC. Or better yet, drop Comcast for DSL or DirecTV.

And most importantly, pass this post on to all your friends who have Comcast!

21 comments:

Lane said...

yup, what he said!

(i thought monkey ass wasn't hairy though - who knew?!)

I'm blue, da ba dee said...

Comcast never ceases to amaze me with their unending display of ass-clownery. My local cable company was recently bought out in a most Comcastic way, and I've made the decision to switch to AT&T U-verse (not that AT&T isn't the Starbucks of the communication world). I was lamenting my decision because of the loss of bandwidth... but now I think I'll sleep at night (well, this plus the crapload of HD channels I'll be getting). Thanks, Yost :-)

Jeremy said...

Comcast has had a monopoly on every place I've lived for four years (four places in Ann Arbor and one in Grand Rapids). Each and every time, they have fucked up. Whether repeatedly charging rent for a modem I bought, lying about charges and installation procedures, or providing internet connections that time out every five minutes, it has been a string of angry confrontations and defiant jackassery since 2004.

My only alternative from this (intermittent) 6mb/s cable is, of course, 1.5mb/s DSL. We're 10,000 feet from the DSL hub so they can't provide DSL fast enough for gaming or downloading anything.

But I hate comcast so much, I'm willing to pay more for less. We're this close to doing it anyway, but comcast is actually fucking up in our favor (we're paying for basic cable but they installed 120 channels).

I'm also trying to convince my fiance that when we move out of our apartment this summer, we move to where the DSL is fastest. Quality of the neighborhood be damned; who cares how nice the house is if you can't enjoy yourself inside it?

So, in conclusion, I am willing to make major life decisions based around not giving Comcast my money. Fuck those guys.

Feelin' Blue said...

New t-shirts springing up on the Harvard campus:

Cuck Fomcast!

freed said...

My experience with Comcast,
I knew Comcast was shady for years. Here is my experience with Comcast. In 1995 I started employment with Media One as an Installer. I loved my job, I came to work every day on time and at every review I had with the Company I received an A+ and max pay raise. When employees were hired in at Media One Cable each received 300 company shares. During the time I worked at Media One I bought 300 more shares. The only way you could lose the shares is if you were terminated, and you had to wait 2 years from your hire date to cash out. During the time I was working with Comcast the economy was booming and the stocks went up “way up”. In July of 1997 I got married, and had my first child. As Media One stocks continued to rise in December of 1997, Comcast bought out Media One. Comcast called a company meeting and introduced there company and insured everyone that their careers was secured and that we could look forward to a brighter future. Everyone had to sign new employment paper work; one of the forms we had to sign was a “no clause termination form” Which basically means you could get fired if you drive a red car (any reason). A few days later some managers and HR reps. were fired. I was concerned about my job so I decided to cash out of my stocks “47,500.00”. I filled out the paperwork to cash out of my stocks on my 2 year employment anniversary date, 2 days before my employment anniversary (a week before Christmas) myself and four others that were hired in the same time I was, and that were cashing out as well got terminated for false documentation paperwork. Comcast said we were writing the wrong date on the work orders at the time of installation. We talked to about 20 different attorneys that said there was nothing we could do about it. Comcast legally stole 47k from me and my family.

Feelin' Blue said...

That is disgusting. They are fucking crooks.

Vadatripp said...

Not to threadjack, because I despise Comcast as much as the next guy, but....

Did you all see this gem from the Mets game with the U-M baseball team yesterday?

Mets pussy pitcher throws tantrum.

Goes to show you: A good percentage of major leaguer ballplayers are complete douchebags.

Paterno Lives! said...

freed that's really fucking sad.

I hate comcast, more than i hated verizon two years ago when they held me hostage and wouldn't replace a broken phone they sent me (they sent it broken).

I too am willing to make mid-major life decisions based on not giving loot to comcast. i've had the usual random service charge, double bill, one time spent two hours on the phone to get it removed. you know what they did? told me they fixed the double charge but actually DOUBLED UP THE DOUBLE CHARGE! I was paying 4 times the normal rate and had to spend another 2 hours on the phone to get it right.

I was told there is no charge for relocation, so i stayed with them b/c i was too lazy to return the boxes...well they charged me $46 dollars anyway. I called and they told me the fee is actually $25, not free like the told me or $46 like they billed me, but $25...

i can go all day but i'll save you the trouble.

bottom line: fuck those fuckers.

Steve said...

Oh man I am ready. Tell me to jump through a wall! I'll do it. You touched on a very sore subject with me. I experienced serious throttling in the past month and worry that my connection could be tampered with for no good reason. I am behind you 100% and will follow these stories closely.

Joshua said...

And here I was thinking they sucked mongo hairy donkey balls. My bad.

For all of those with comcast as an ISP, may I recommend switching to your cellular carrier? I use Sprint (whose headquarters I'd gladly blowup based on customer service) but the connection and service itself have been fantastic. If you have a laptop you can get an internet connection anywhere, and I not only got my access card for free, I got a $50 rebate on it, so they essentially paid me $50 to buy it. Granted, I did have to sign a 2 year service agreement, but I can't enviion being without internet service in the next two years unless I decide to move to Wyoming and do everything via smoke signal.

Comcast to me is yet another instance of a monopolistic company saying "You know what, we're gonna piss on you because we can, there'll always be more people waiting." Screw that. I'll never use them period. The BTN debacle was enough to tell me that (I sided with the BTN, I think if people could get past not being able to watch certain games they'd see my point, but that's for another time.)

Bottom line is they screwed Freed over, and though I don't know you that is positively abhorent. For that reason alone I wouldn't give them my money. Fuck that. I never send or call my congressman about anything, I get too busy, but this will definitely see some action from me.

Tom C said...

Don't have cable, can't get it. Tried. Got Verizon but had to put up antenea and bosters. 60 a month for it but it works. (most of the time).
OT the thread below. Old news I studied in middle school. HA HA we won you have to keep Toledo! Sucks to be Ohio.

Mikoyan said...

You know the funny thing about the Internet is that our tax dollars initially built the damned thing. I understand the concept of toll roads and what not but still.....

Feelin' Blue said...

No, Al Gore did. Get your facts straight, Mikoyan!

/sarcasm

Feelin' Blue said...

Sorry to change the topic, but I have to vent.

Today I watched highlights from various games during this year. You know what really gets me, what reeeeaaally gets under my skin? This year, we watched the Wolverines pull off some pretty impressive wins--the thrashing we gave to Purdue, the win in Churbana, and the unforgettable game against Florida. But where the hell was the gameplan against OSU? That was the big one! The OSU game is the one that matters the most, and Mike Debord had an injured Hart run left every time. I understand missing some tackles against Wells, even if annoys me. I understand Lloyd's choice to give Henne and Hart one last chance to beat OSU. But I don't fucking understand Mike Debord's fucking refusal to come up with a fucking gameplan that will catch the Buckeyes off fucking guard!!!! That just pisses me off to this day, and now I have to hear for the rest of my life about how UM dropped 4 in a row to OSU and how Michigan's leading rusher and one of my favorite players is 0 and fucking 4 against Ohio St. Call me a bitter fan with little understanding or sympathy for a man who puts food on the table by calling offenses, but he deserved to be fired. And the same goes for the stupid drunk daddy's boy whose offensive line let all of OSU's front four pass by them. Have fun in rehab, asshole.

I loved Lloyd, though. His fault was his loyalty, but is it really that big a fault when you use your example to teach boys to become responsible men?

Feelin' Blue said...

Sorry if I offended anyone with the rehab and unemployment comments. But this rant was a long time coming. I know that in the grand scheme of things it is just a game, but I am impatient and, goddammit, I just want to beat the Buckeyes again. I don't want to be embarrassed anymore. I want to know what it feels like to beat the Buckeyes again. I had that feeling freshman year, but I wasn't as big a fan then, and I couldn't have appreciated it as much as I will appreciate the next one.

IamCris said...

Not reading through replies but here in San Diego my tv is direct tv and the ISP (calbe) is Cox. The thing with Cox is that they block ESPN360 because of a behind doors no deal that won't go through with Disney and that's a whole other can of worms but pisses me of to no end. I might want to watch a shitbag MAC game on ESPN 360 during the season but can't because it's blocked by my ISP. Fcacks sake, I should be happy I have the Big Ten Network and stfu. Sorry. Related? WTF ever happened to the internet being free minus the monthly rate to my ISP? Explain to my tarded ass someone please.

Joe said...

I have Comcast. I agree with you. What they did is bullshit. Fuck Comcast.

But alas and alack. I have no other choice but Comcast.

whetstonebuck said...

f'n blue,

Loved your vent. I was feeling a bit sad due to the passing of Bill Buckley, but your post perked me right up. Nothing like a winning streak against your arch rival to make the world look right.
(All in fun)

As far as Comcast goes, we don't have to worry about that out here. It sounds like a bad deal all the way around. Sorry you all have to put up with their shenanigans.

Joshua said...

"But alas and alack. I have no other choice but Comcast."

No DirectTv or Dish network capability?

Whets, know that you've done your duty for the day, that somewhere miles and miles away from you there is a person with hand held high, flying a one fingered salute in your general southwesterly direction. Which looks rather odd in the middle of the office. Oops- client! gotta go...

Out of Conference said...

I gave up on cable years ago and now have DirecTV. My ISP is DSL through BellSouth... who is now AT&T. So far no problems with AT&T like I was anticipating.

Consumer Reports always touts fiber optic as one of the best digital TV providers, but as far as I can tell it's only available in a few select big cities. CR gives it as much face time as cable and satellite providers, but I don't understand why since only a very few people can get it. Anyone here have it?

SierraSpartan said...

Another blogger I've read today called Clowncast's audience packing a "meatspace-oriented DDOS attack," and he's not far from the mark with that one.

When you're dealing with the Insane Clowncast Posse, nothing is too low.