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+ - Cox HSI ends unlimited internet, introduces cap system->

Junior J. Junior III writes: Today, Cox High Speed Internet customers received the following communication:

Dear [Cox HSI Customer],

We spend more time online today than ever before, streaming movies and TV shows, downloading music, sharing photographs and staying connected to friends and family. As Internet and data consumption grows, Cox continues to improve our network to ensure a quality experience for all our customers.

To better support our customers' expanding online activity, we recently increased the amount of data included in all of our Cox High Speed Internet packages. About 95% of customers are now on a data plan that is well-suited for their household. In the event you use more data than is included in your plan, beginning with bill cycles that start on June 15th, we will automatically provide additional data for $10 per 50 Gigabyte (GB) block for that usage period. Based on your last 3 months of data usage and our increased data plans, it is unlikely you will need additional data blocks unless your usage increases.

What this means for you

To help our customers get accustomed to this change, we are providing a grace period for 3 consecutive billing cycles. During this period, customers will not pay for additional data blocks for data used above their data plan. Customers who exceed their data plan will see charges and a matching credit on their bill statement. Beginning with bills dated October 15th and later, grace period credits will no longer be applied, and customers will be charged for usage above their data plan.

Understanding and managing your data usage

You are currently subscribed to the Preferred package which includes a data plan of 350 GB (Gigabytes) per month. To help you stay informed about data usage, Cox will begin to notify you via email and browser alert if you use 85% of your monthly data plan and again if you use 100% of your monthly data plan. Additional blocks of data will only be provided if you exceed your data plan. This will not change your Internet package and there will be NO change to the speed or quality of your service for data usage above your plan. To better understand your household's historical and current data usage, you will find your household's data usage meter and other helpful tools and information here.

Thank you for choosing Cox.

Sincerely,

Cox High Speed Internet Team

In the wake of FCC's ruling reaffirming Network Neutrality, is this what ISPs will be doing to squeeze more money out of its customers?
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Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 1) 229 229

A partial fix to this is already part of many phones: call blocking. If a caller is not in your address book, it goes right to voice mail. I also have an app that automatically disconnects calls from unlisted/private numbers or numbers that are part of a community black list that you can add to.

Comment: Re:Enough eyeballs and heartbleed ... (Score 4, Insightful) 58 58

I think the only thing the OpenSSL bug shows is how flimsy the underlying framework of the internet is. Most of the shit we all use, trust and take for granted was coded in someone's basement over the weekend a long time ago. All it takes is one clever guys to take a good look at the code to exploit it, and it's probably fair to say he'll be the only one to review the code ever...

Comment: Does she really not get it? Looks that way... (Score 2) 609 609

Whether or not the system was secure is but one concern. Whether the system was transparent and accountable to the authority she worked for as Secretary of State on behalf of the American People is at least an equal, if not greater concern.

Comment: One-shot motor (Score 4, Insightful) 73 73

So it's super-efficient and all... if you intend to move no farther than 10 ft forward.

For greater distances, you could, say, keep the balloon constantly inflated with some kind of pump. And then, to save unnecessary weight and complication, you could do away with the balloon and let the pump shoot out the back of the vehicle directly.

I shall call my invention a hydrojet. Genius!

Comment: Re:Secretive courts? (Score 0) 44 44

How in hell the voters from Britain as well as from America allow such things to happen in the first place??

A true democracy works thanks to the four boxes of liberty (soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box).

Our so-called "democracies" have two more (ice box and idiot box) that are more important to people than the four others: as long as people are stuffed full of junk food and can watch the football game on TV, they feel free enough.

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