You're paying Comcast's electric bill, get something for it
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You're paying Comcast's electric bill, get something for it

    1. Alex Gizis
    2. Petition by

      Alex Gizis

      Philadelphia, PA

Can you believe that Comcast is turning your home into a public WiFi hotspot? Using new routers that broadcast a separate public network in addition to your home WiFi, millions of customers' homes (and electricity bills) are being used to roll out their nationwide public WiFi network. It's time to tell Comcast that enough is enough... if they want to use your home to give Internet access to other users, they should compensate you with extra speed.

Despite Comcast's claims that these routers cost customers nothing extra, our bandwidth-obsessed team at Speedify measured their power consumption, and the results were surprising. Based on our tests using Comcast's business router setup, we found that customers broadcasting the public Xfinity network are getting stuck with an extra $20 each year in energy costs per household. With the new public hotspots projected to be in millions of homes by the end of 2014, that translates to customers footing a bill upwards of $40,000,000 to roll out Comcast's public WiFi network.

So, what's that extra $30 each year worth to us Xfinity subscribers? We did the math, and at Comcast's going rate of $0.25 per one Mbps, anyone that hosts an Xfinity Home WiFi Hotspot should get about 7.6 Mbps of extra speed in return.

Sign this petition to demand that Comcast offers increased Internet speeds to compensate their customers who are footing this bill for them.

UPDATE: Comcast has reached out and indicated that they would like us to retest with newer equipment. We’ll update our results as soon as we receive this new hardware.

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    • Teresa Jordan FLORENCE, AL
      • 3 months ago

      I should have the right to who accesses my router, I pay for it and the service. Even if it is not costing me very much it is still invading my privacy.

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    • jeremy lamb LINDSAY, CA
      • 3 months ago

      people can commit crimes using my wi-fi and will be linked to my ip address so i am responsible for it for that kind of risk it should be free and make comcast responsible for whatever goes through thier network

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    • Leodis Scott MATTESON, IL
      • 3 months ago

      If they use my wifi they should pay or give me a discount on the service I pay for.

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    • Tyler Bloom BREMERTON, WA
      • 4 months ago

      Comcast is, by far, the worst (read cheapest & greediest) cable outfit I have ever used.

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    • Marla Swan LOXAHATCHEE, FL
      • 4 months ago

      I think this is not fair that I am paying my bills but others can stop by and use the services that i pay for almost free. Not only that, comcast keeps raising my cost for their bundle every chance they get but are not compensating me for others that get to use it.

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