This statement from Wiki is HUGE.
The Xfinity re branding has been controversial as a purported effort to sidestep the negativity of the Comcast brand.
Time considered Xfinity to be among the worst corporate renaming of all time, asking “Will the name change work? Probably not, but at least it’ll sound a bit edgier when you’re put on hold…with Xfinity.”
Xfinity….Comcasts new “Space Name”
Xfinity is a trade name of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, a subsidiary of the Comcast Corporation, used to market consumer cable television, internet, telephone, and wireless services provided by the company.
The brand was first introduced in 2010; prior to that, these services were marketed primarily under the Comcast name.
In February 2010, Comcast began to re-brand its consumer triple play service offerings under the name Xfinity; Comcast Digital Cable was renamed “Xfinity TV”, Comcast Digital Voice became “Xfinity Voice”, and Comcast High Speed Internet became “Xfinity Internet”. The re-branding and an associated promotional campaign were scheduled to coincide with the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Also from Wiki with this author’s comments
Comcast is the largest provider of cable internet access in the United States, servicing 40% of the market in 2011. As of July 26, 2018, Comcast has 26.5 million high-speed internet customers.
Comcast began offering internet services in late 1996, when it helped found the @Home Network, which sold internet service through Comcast’s cable lines. The agreement continued after @Home’s merger with Excite.
When the combined company Excite@Home filed for bankruptcy in 2002, Comcast moved their roughly 950,000 internet customers completely onto their own network.
Along with the price of internet subscriptions, Comcast charges users an additional $11.00/month to rent a cable modem. Ahem!
This fee has been seen by some as unfair, but is waived for customers who buy their own modems. ….Gee thanks …kinda hard to justify charging for something already paid for by customer.!
Comcast charges $20 for internet installation, but the fee is waived for customers who opt to install themselves….Ditto…how kind.!
In 2011, Comcast launched its “Internet Essentials” program, which offers low-cost internet service to families with children who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required this budget service as a condition for allowing Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal in January 2011….. More lobbying ‘swaps’
Of an estimated 2.60 million households eligible for the program, about 220,000 households participate in the program as of June 2013. Very few knew about it…was kept intentionally quiet
A similar program is available from other internet providers through the non-profit Connect2compete.org.
Comcast has stated that the program will accept new customers for a total of three years.
In March 2014, as he met with FCC concerning the Time Warner Cable merger, Comcast vice president David Cohen told reporters that the internet essentials program will be extended indefinitely.
At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Comcast unveiled a new software platform for its Arris 1682G and Cisco 3941T/3939 modems, which would offer a redesigned configuration interface, support for remote setup and management via an Xfinity mobile app, and enabling integration of supported smart home devices with other Xfinity platforms such as Xfinity TV.
The new platform launched under the brand xFi in May 2017. Comcast also unveiled the xFi Advanced Gateway, a new router designed to facilitate faster Wi-Fi speeds, including support for 802.11ac Wave 2, as well as internal support for Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, and Zigbee for finer integration with Internet of things ( IOT -for short) devices, and support for an accompanying line of Wi-Fi extenders (manufactured by Plume).
Comcast operates a network of public Wi-Fi hotspots for Xfinity internet subscribers known as Xfinity WiFi, which consists of a mixture of hotspots installed in public locations and businesses, and those generated by supported Xfinity home gateways on an opt-out basis.
Users on the “Performance” tier or higher receive unlimited usage of these hotspots after signing in with their Xfinity Account. By default, all dual-band Xfinity home gateways operate both a private network, and a public network with the SSID “xfinitywifi”. To conserve bandwidth, these hotspots are capped at 5 simultaneous users. Customers can opt out of providing Xfinity WiFi through either the Comcast website, or by installing a third-party router.
Comcast has received criticism for this practice, with critics arguing that the company was abusing customer resources (including bandwidth and electricity) to provide services for other customers, as well as concerns regarding security, and liability for actions performed by users while connected to these home hotspots; in 2014, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed in California, citing violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and similar state laws for these reasons. Comcast defended the service by stating that the public Wi-Fi is firewalled from devices connected to the in-home network, was designed to have minimal bandwidth impact to “support robust usage”, and that customers would not be liable for the actions of other users, as abusers can be traced by means of the Xfinity account they used to sign into the network. The lawsuit was taken to arbitration.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, all Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Florida were opened to non-Comcast subscribers. A Nobel gesture…but hey, Comcast needs the PR.:)
Initially, Comcast had a policy of terminating broadband customers who use “excessive bandwidth”, a term the company refused to define in its terms of service, which once said only that a customer’s use should not “represent (in the sole judgment of Comcast) an overly large burden on the network”. Did someone mention the term ‘God’ here?
Company responses to press inquiries suggested a limit of several hundred gigabytes per month.
In September 2007, Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas said the company defined “excessive use” as the equivalent of 30,000 songs, 250,000 pictures or 13 million emails in a month.
Comcast introduced a 250 GB monthly bandwidth cap to its broadband service on October 1, 2008, combining both upload and download towards the monthly limit. If a user exceeded the cap three times within six months, the customer’s residential services may have been terminated for one year.Here we go again..
A spokesperson stated that this policy had been in place for some time, but was the first time Comcast has announced a specific usage limit.
As the cap provoked a strongly negative reaction from some, Comcast decided to modify its policy in 2012. Under the new system, the cap was increased to 300GB in some markets, and consumers who exceed this limit are charged $10 for every 50 GB above the limit.
Customers could purchase a $30 add-on for “unlimited” data. In a leaked memo, Comcast employees were instructed to state that the policy is for “Fairness and providing a more flexible policy to our customers”, and not for controlling network congestion.
On April 27, 2016, Comcast announced that it would raise its data cap in trial markets to 1 TB by June 2016; the company stated that “more than 99 percent of our customers do not come close to using a terabyte.” The decision to raise the cap came following an implication of increased scrutiny surrounding them by the FCC: in its approval of Charter Communications’ purchase of Time Warner Cable, the Commission stipulated that Charter must not implement caps.
As previously, a $10 overage fee is charged for every 50 GB above the limit, and customers can purchase an add-on for “unlimited” data, but its price was increased to $50. Its all about charging more
In October 2016, Comcast announced that bandwidth caps would be implemented in the majority of its markets (outside of New York and the northeast) beginning November 1, 2016. The data usage plan does not currently apply to the Gigabit Pro tier of service, Business Internet customers, customers on Bulk Internet agreements, and customers with Prepaid Internet. Charter can’t…but Comcast can….LOL
Network management and peering
In September 2007, a rumor emerged among tech blogs that Comcast was throttling or even blocking internet traffic transmitted via the BitTorrent protocol. Comcast vehemently denied the accusations of blocking traffic, stating that “Comcast does not, has not, and will not block any Web sites or online applications, including peer-to-peer services”, and that “We engage in reasonable network management”.
After more widespread confirmation that Comcast was throttling BitTorrent traffic, Comcast said it occasionally delayed BitTorrent traffic in order to speed up other kinds of data, but declined to go into specifics.
Following the announcement of an official investigation by the FCC, Comcast voluntarily ended the traffic discrimination. Busted!!
The FCC investigation concluded that Comcast’s throttling policies were illegal. However, after filing a lawsuit in September 2008, Comcast overturned the illegality of its network management in 2010, as the court ruled that the FCC lacked the authority to enforce net neutrality under the FCC’s then current regulatory policy. The court suggested instead of its current framework, the FCC move to a common carrier structure to justify its enforcement.
As of February 2014, the FCC has announced a new justification, but avoided the more extensive regulation required by the common carrier framework.
In 2010, Netflix signed an agreement with Level 3 Communications to carry its data. Shortly after, Level 3 entered a heated dispute concerning whether Level 3 would have to pay Comcast to bridge their respective networks, in an agreement known as peering. The disagreement continued as Netflix’s current carrier, Cogent Communications, explicitly placed blame for Netflix bottlenecks on Comcast and several other ISPs.
In February 2014, after rumors surfaced that Comcast and Netflix had reached an unspecified agreement, the companies confirmed that Netflix was paying Comcast to connect to its network. The details of the agreement are not public, and speculation disagrees about whether the agreement is a precedent against net neutrality, or a continuation of normal peering agreements.
And it will just get worse until a legitimate law is put in place to protect network neutrality…its obvious these conglomerates intend on controlling any competition. all to insure their FAT bottom lines!