Comcast without permission jacking up your electricity bill by making your router into THEIR public wifi hotspot!

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(This blog today is based heavily on emails I got and then have enriched with my own pix and comments. I and Margi were Comcast customers ourselves for two years in Apollo, Pa. and before that in greater Washington, DC.)

The Sheeple’s electricity bills are rising because new WiFi routers are blasting a 5.0 GHz signal from their homes for public connection. And the utility companies are already putting out written notices that your electric bill is going up. and in reality it is to pay for the toxic SmartMeter, the toxic hotspot routers and other schemes!


…..First, an intro to the evil Comcast



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Comcast Corporation
Type Public
Traded as Class A NASDAQ: CMCSA
Class A special NASDAQ: CMCSK
NASDAQ-100 Component (CMCSA)
S&P 500 Component (CMCSA)
Industry Telecommunications
Mass media
Founded Tupelo, Mississippi, United States (June 28, 1963)
Founders Ralph J. Roberts
Daniel Aaron[1]
Julian A. Brodsky
Headquarters Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2838[2]
Area served Worldwide[3]
Key people Brian L. Roberts
(Chairman, President, and CEO)
Michael Angelakis [4]
(Vice Chairman, CFO)
David L. Cohen
(Vice President)
Products Cable television
Broadband internet
VoIP phone
Television broadcasting
Motion pictures
Radio broadcasting
Sports franchising
Theme parks
Venture capital
  • Increase US$ 64.657 billion (2013) [5]
  • Increase US$ 62.570 billion (2012) [5]
Operating income
  • Increase US$ 13.563 billion (2013) [5]
  • Increase US$ 12.179 billion (2012) [5]
Net income
  • Increase US$ 6.816 billion (2013) [5]
  • Increase US$ 6.203 billion (2012) [5]
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 158.813 billion (2013) [6]
  • Increase US$ 164.971 billion (2012) [5]
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 51.058 billion (2013) [6]
  • Increase US$ 49.796 billion (2012) [6]
Employees 136,000 (Dec 2013)[7]
Subsidiaries Comcast Cable
Comcast Business
Comcast Spectacor (63%)
Comcast Interactive Media
Comcast Ventures[8]

Comcast Corporation, formerly registered as Comcast Holdings,[note 1] is an American mass media company and is the largest broadcasting and cable company in the world by revenue.[3] It is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States,[9] and the nation’s third largest home telephone service provider. Comcast services U.S. residential and commercial customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia.[10] The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is owned by Independent.

Brian L. Roberts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brian L. Roberts
Born Brian L. Roberts
June 28, 1959 (age 55)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Alma mater Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Comcast
Net worth Increase US$1.2 billion (March 2014)[1]
Spouse(s) Aileen Kennedy Roberts
Children 3
Parents Suzanne Fleisher
Ralph J. Roberts

Brian L. Roberts (born June 28, 1959) is chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, an American company providing cable, entertainment, and communications products and services.



Early life and education

Roberts was born into a Jewish family[2] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Suzanne Fleisher, a former actress and playwright, and Ralph J. Roberts, the co-founder of Comcast Corporation. A graduate of Germantown Academy, he earned his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity.

…..And now the new horror story

Comcast is trying to compete with major cell phone carriers by creating a public Xfinity WiFi Hotspot network in 19 of the country’s largest cities. The company is activating a second high-speed Internet channel broadcast from newer-model wireless gateway modems that residential customers lease from the company. It plans to spread to 8 million hotspots by the end of the year.

Although Comcast has said its subscribers have the right to disable the secondary signal, the suit claims the company turns the service on without permission and places “the costs of its national Wi-Fi network onto its customers.”

The suit quotes a test conducted by Philadelphia networking technology company Speedify that concluded the secondary Internet channel will eventually push “tens of millions of dollars per month of the electricity bills needed to run their nationwide public Wi-Fi network onto consumers.” Tests showed that under heavy use, the secondary channel

adds 30 to 40 percent more costs to a customer’s electricity bill than the modem itself, the suit said.

ONLY Comcast can turn off Xfinity! If you do it yourself, the Comcast “firmware” turns it right back on again!

As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out of their service.

DSLReports has noted that many users have found that even after disabling the sharing updates to the firmware re-enable it automatically.

Wrote one user, “Moulder3”:

So again, my ability to turn WiFi off via the “Users & Preferences” page did not exist. Calling the 800 number and going to Internet support gave me someone who only suggested trying to disable & re-enable b”ridge mode” (which didn’t eliminate ‘xfinitywifi’).

He then suggested I (get this!) read up on the Comcast customer forums on their website as “there are constantly updates to the firmware in our modems and this is probably just an update that has an issue at the moment.”

When I told him that wasn’t acceptable, he transferred me to the WiFi department (who actually seemed to be both U.S.-based & knowledgeable!)

This rep empathized with me and admitted that although I have the WiFi set to ‘off’ and I have my gateway in bridge mode, he could apparently see that xfinitiywifi was still active on my account. THIS DEPARTMENT SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY ONE ABLE TO DISABLE THE XFINITYWIFI ON GATEWAYS AT THE MOMENT.

Their direct # is [X] .(I’m glad I asked the clueless tier-1 tech for it before being transferred) I can confirm that this person was able to ultimately able to fix the issue.

The only solution, according to forum members, is to “buy your own modem/router,” a solution that seems quite simple. Sadly, however, there are also complaints of Comcast failing to remove router rental fees even after multiple requests. While most users are obviously fine with Comcast sharing their bandwidth, this Kafkaesque experience for those who dare think a bit different looks quite frustrating.


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