Comcast settles bandwidth throttling lawsuit for $16 million. That's 4 hours of revenue.


Whoever says the legal system in this country is broken, well, you’re right. Comcast was caught tampering with its customers’ packets two years ago. It bitched and moaned like nobody’s business, earning itself no friends. The Federal Communications Commission sanctioned the gigantic corporation in what amounted to a slap on the wrist. Big deal. A class action lawsuit was filed, which was just settled for $16 million. Comcast raked in $34.3 billion in revenue in 2008, meaning that this settlement amounts to four hours of revenue. That’s right: four hours. Take that, corporate America!

If Comcast screwed with your packets between April 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008, you may be entitled to a piece of that $16 million pot.

I write this happy as a clam with my Internet Service Provider, Optimum Online. Nothing wrong with totally uncapped 101/15 megabits per second.