In what’s going to be seen as a response to strategic criticism, Comcast has raised the consumption cap on its residential broadband service plans from 250 GB per month to 300, the first increase since the cap was adopted in 2008. The increase is unlikely to be noticed by actual Comcast customers because the 250 GB cap wasn’t a problem.
Internet or Else, Peasants!
What we have in the spat between Internet-based and cable-based video providers is a conflict between technologies that can only be resolved in the Internet’s favor by changing its network architecture to something more friendly to high-value content, mass distribution, and consumer choice. The alternative proposed by Porter, Wu, and Crawford is to force TV consumers off cable and onto the Internet by imposing irrational price increases on cable TV, as if content creators weren’t raising prices enough already.
A Solution in Search of a Problem
What is happeneing with the Xbox 360 controversy is actually a concerted attempt to make a mountain out of molehill by a group of advocates who appear to be supremely out of touch with the actual concerns of genuine consumers. Xbox 360s will continue to fly off the shelves and their owners will love the new features. It’s not the consumers clamoring for more restrictions, it’s only their protectors.