Mediacom-and most other Broadband Providers[Time-Warner, Comcast & Cox] are set to choke Alternative Streaming News and Entertainment Services-limiting access to Activist Press and Citizen Journalism- their attempt to STOP Alternative Media, Streaming Media, and more importantly Citizen Journalists and Activists whose Videos on YouTube, here and other places is hampering the Government's efforts to "lock us down".
I have spoken to Hulu and Netflix. Hulu's talking about it, but Netflix realizes this will devastate them and is willing to do what it can with other streaming providers to stop this. A groundswell of support from Activists is most definitely needed, as moves like this will impact us as well. How much is 250GB and remember THAT's Data streamed so Flash Conversion doesn't matter? That's 7-10 HD Movies with a couple of games, which can use much higher data streams. [Also, what passes through a meter can be inspected ALL nice and out in the open.]
If you're like me, I'm constantly watching and sharing Alt Media, which is the only place you can GET real information. That will also fall prey to moves like this. It's clear they want streaming stopped, so they can "feed" us what they want us to know on a tightly controlled Cable/Satellite Media and think this will finally SHUT US UP. Will it? Will YOU sit still for this? I won't...help me and those providers who will resist this move.
So, MediaCom and All Other Cable Broadband & Wireless Customers like me & you pay one of the highest rates for Broadband on the planet, get free backdoor spying by everybody they'll bend over for, service that seldom represents the Bit Rate they say, and now they want to meter the usage?
This is the actual notification I got this month about their planned metering-so call them up, E-Mail them or start/sign a petition, as this is aimed at stifling competition from independent media makers-to force you to get streaming news from Government and Corporate Controlled Cable/Satellite Providers:
BELMOND, IA 50421
We are writing to inform you about changes Mediacom is making to its Internet terms of service. Although these changes won’t affect the way about 98% of our customers use the Internet or how much the service costs, we want you to understand the changes and tell you how to see if they will affect you.
Effective 9/19/2013, your monthly data usage allowance will be 250GB. The changes will only affect you if you use more than 250GB during your monthly billing cycle. Mediacom's Always Faster Internet customers' median monthly data usage is currently under 14 GB per month. You can easily check to see how much data you have used by going to http://mediacomtoday.com/usagemeter. Your login credentials are your Mediacom email address and password. If you use less than 250GB, these changes won’t affect you unless you increase your usage.
For your convenience, we will notify you if you are approaching your usage allowance at 75%, 85% and 95% and when you have exceeded it. If you exceed your allowance during a monthly billing cycle, you will automatically be billed for additional above-allowance usage in 50 GB blocks at $10 per block.
You can control the amount of data you use by how you use your service. The amount of data you use is largely impacted by your online activities, not just the amount of time you spend online. For example, you could spend hours on Facebook®, checking e-mails, or surfing the Web, and use less than 1 GB of data. On the other hand, you could spend 30 minutes downloading a movie and use 2 GB. Put simply, it's what you do with the Internet that affects your usage, not the time you spend on it.
If you want to have a higher data allowance, the Mediacom Online service plans are now scaled for various levels of use, ranging from lower cost options with slower speeds and smaller data usage allowances (e.g., 150 GB) for the light users of the Internet, to premium service levels with very fast speeds and data usage allowances of 350 GB and 999 GB.
If you want to change your level of service, if you are concerned about these changes or want to cancel your service, please call us at 866-746-7314 or visit us online at http://mediacomcable.com/customersupport. By continuing to use the service, you agree to these changes.
We appreciate your business, and thank you for choosing Mediacom to be your Internet service provider.
Disclosure: The complete additional terms and conditions are posted at:http://mediacomcable.com/site/legal.html "Additional Terms and Conditions – Monthly Usage Allowance" ("Allowance Terms"). The descriptions contained in this notice are explanatory only and in the event of any conflict between this letter and the Allowance Terms, the Allowance Terms control.
Thank You For ALL Your Activism-This IS Our Vehicle For Activism. To Save IT, It’s Time To Act.
R Andrew Ohge
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