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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Comcast Settled out of the Court Promising Refund $16 Per User

Comcast Settled out of the Court Promising Refund $16 Per User

Comcast Settled out of the Court Promising Refund $16 Per User

Added: Friday, July 16th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The story with Comcast seems to be over. Recently Judge Legrome Davis of the U.S. finally approved the settlement with the service provider, which agreed to pay $16 million to users affected by BitTorrent throttling it was pleaded guilty of. Each user is expected to get a share of this settlement, not exceeding $16.00.


Internet service provider Comcast became a target of numerous lawsuits accusing it of throttling the BitTorrent traffic of broadband users who didn’t suspect anything. It was going on till the end of last year, when Comcast decided to settle the case and agreed to pay $16 million, which is less lawyers’ fees and other trial costs, to those subscribers who were affected by throttling. Now this settlement offer has been finally approved by the judge.

Several days ago Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handed out the final approval to the settlement, enabling affected ISP customers to get a refund of a share of the amount not exceeding $16.00. The only exception to this ruling will be Jon Hart, a California resident responsible for the bringing up the first lawsuit. He will receive $2,500.

The settlement site says that ISP accepted the idea of refunding or crediting some former or current high-speed Internet service subscribers. The numerous lawsuits that were brought to the court accused Comcast of promising and advertising the broadband speeds together with unconstrained application access, but later failing to provide either by hampering BitTorrent traffic.

Although the case is almost over, Comcast still denies all the claims and announced that it settled for the only reason to end up with the case. The ISP still believes that throttling some file-sharing traffic by its subscribers was a remissible way to keep the web traffic flowing for everybody. When discussing the issue, Comcast said that it had to restrain some file-sharing traffic just because one part of users hogged the bandwidth that could have been otherwise available to the other part of subscribers. However, it now gave up on that idea and backed away from hampering. Instead, the ISP chose other alternatives to control network traffic, such as, for example, data caps.

July 16th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, July 16th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-16 15:01:05)
RUkiddin avatarGreat stuff - they deny it but will still pay out? ya right - Seems like Comcast is always being sued. B.T.W. throttling is a odd description - sounds like it is getting MORE speed not less - it's a governor that prevents full speed? F.Y.I. @ brighthouse (R.R.) we are THROTTLED down to 10% of overall bandwidth (Up & Down). I like reading stuff like this! Thanks for the cool post! Rock On!

posted by (2010-07-16 17:50:56)
Dirk_Diggler avatarTotal BS... they only have to pay $16.00 per user but if I get caught downloading a song I have to pay $2,500!

posted by (2010-07-16 18:30:43)
tkepe168 avatarexactly #2...& these "customers" that join in on the lawsuit just admitted to using bit torrent downloading & can be scrutinized whether they was legal or illegal downloads now that they have a record of who is on the lawsuit. Lame brain way of getting caught IMO

posted by (2010-07-17 11:52:39)
gedude avatarNetflix STILL throttles it's users as well. Comcast sucks!

posted by (2010-07-17 16:21:45)
Brynn217 avatarMetflix? They dont even offer Internet service.. throttling is when your ISP provider slows down your connection so that you are unable to use all of your available bandwidth.. If you have 1MBps service which is what most have unless they have Cable or FIOS which is 10MBps... that number is then divided between Upload and Download maxes.. for 1MBps you usually see 600KBps down and 400KBps up max.. (which is the total speed for you Utorrent Bar) Cable and Fios are 10x's faster

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-07-17 17:19:57)
fusseltier avatarmore companies want to charge you for a service but not provide it.
its a miracle in the US that comcast lost because corporations have more rights than the individual.

posted by (2010-07-17 19:16:27)
gedude avatar#5 google Netflix Throttling

posted by (2010-07-17 23:30:50)
jsnod25 avatar#5 your funny... Netflix does govern the amount of bandwidth your allocated to use when streaming media from their servers to your computer, xbox or ps3 and so on... the more you stream movies the more they cut your bandwidth allocation, until you can barely read subtitles... i hate that crap. And i cant believe comcast is now capping the data, we got $)*&in ISP rations like a commie country, worst part is your paying for that shite, and even worse is you have little else choice if you want cable.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-18 09:24:22)
menahunie avatarThis is why allot of people I know said screw it and left cable broadband - yea right broad rip off more like it.
They went to ADSL+2 and mo data caps or throttling. One I know gets a steady 6-7mbps down on their 11mbps account day in day out.
The cable Co.'s have way over sold accounts and their infrastructure is too old to handle the load from all the millions of users they have signed up. So instead of upgrading the system they continue to pocket the profits and blame the users - Kinda like th RIAA and MPAA are doing to you and I.

The good thing is the telephone companies have learned their lesson from the past and have spent billions of dollars up grading for broad band, streaming media and much more.
Soon the telephone companies are going to kick the cable TV Companies square in the nuts as they pass them by..

Yes I was getting throttled by Time Warner and yes these assholes kept denying they were doing it; except when I walked into their office with evidence of exactly what they were denying doing - network logs from monitoring all the RST's they bombarded me with; this is the same as a DDOS ATTACK.. In fact this is exactly what you do in a DDOS attack on some one bombard them with RST packets..
So if you can check out what broad band services your telephone company has and check them out; but don't bitch if you make a false claim of bad service because you don't get 5mbps download because you cheaped out and bought the 1mbps download service. Mine is 11mbps down 2mbps up at 45.00 per month unlimited, no bitching, no complaining of band with usage.

posted by (2010-07-20 04:03:10)
spiritchaser5150 avatar#9 what program did you use to record the network logs. I have Time Warner and am paying the same 48.99 but only get 1.3mb down and 100 Kbs up. Those bastards use a speed test sight saying I get 24mbs down and 1mb up but my bit torrent never shows those numbers. As far as I am concerned I am only getting the basic package that is 1.5 mb down and 384kbs up which should only be 29.99 a month. The supervisor put his turbo on my line and I only got 200kbs up and my downloads never went past 1.1mbs. Hell I'm just trying to prove that my shit is slow and if they're only going to give me the basic speeds charge me that price. My peer guardian shows the roadrunner attempts but I am looking for the logs you have. Thx

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