Originally Posted by MikeKlim
This thread is great and I'm glad there are individuals out there that are documenting it and keeping the rest of us in the loop. But what now? It's great that we're getting educated on what Comcast is doing, but is there anything else we can do to stop or reverse it short of changing providers? Perhaps that is the best/only thing we can do...
Does anyone have the ear of a major Comcast operative? Can we as the public request they not do this? Prior to now, the one HD factor they had over the others was not playing around with the signal. Now if they're taking that away, well, there's not incentive to go/stay with them.
The FCC is holding an en banc hearing (that means all 5 commissioners are attending in person) at Stanford on April 17th to get testimony and get public feedback on comcast's ********** filtering. Folks should show up at this meeting and tell FCC about the problem and demand an investigation. Maybe print out some high quality pictures of FIOS vs Comcast and point out to the FCC that despite paying more for HD, Comcast is degrading our quality WITHOUT PUBLICLY TELLING US they are doing it. Just like with **********. It's one thing to tell everyone you are doing it so consumers can make the choice themselves, but they are not telling people about what they are doing with degrading our HD!
Also, folks should contact the FCC's media bureau in Washington and file a formal complaint. Make sure they formally file the complaint and give you a case number...
The FCC is serious about policing cable these days, esp. when it comes to them cheating consumers of choices and making us pay more for less. Given the price increases we got in 2007 and 2008 allegedly so they could offer us more HD, what they are doing by the degrading this signal is terrible.
Also, contact your local newspaper, and explain to them what's going on in simple matter. People love to write about how the cable industry is screwing you.
Also, write the folks at Sound and Vision, Home Theater, and others to let them know about this practice. If they gets out into wider HT community, then I think it's going to hurt the cable guys competitively.
Lastly, wasn't there a lawsuit about DirecTV downgrading HD back in the old MPEG2 days? It would be great if someone like that would file a case against Comcast and the other MSO's for doing this. Maybe even Verizon and DirecTV would be willing to help pay for it. :-)
In short, there is a lot that can be done. We just need to get in gear and make the price the MSO's pay high enough and they'll stop. Don't sit around and be pissed, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!