Comcast Details Their Six Strikes Plan
A Browser Pop Up That Forces You to Contact Comcast
by Karl Bode 09:07AM Thursday Feb 28 2013 Tipped by FFH
Comcast has now put information on their implementation of six strikes online
. According to the nation's largest broadband company, their version of the program will involve a persistent nagging pop up that continues to alert the user after the fourth warning. Time Warner Cable, who outlined their version of the plan to me last November
, stated they're using a similar pop up warning system that blocks browsing until users acknowledge receipt of "educational" copyright materials.
As with other carriers, the Comcast site
states that account disconnection is not part of enforcement:
Comcast will apply “mitigation measures” to subscribers who receive more than 4 Copyright Alerts. Comcast will place a persistent alert in any web browser under that account until the account holder contacts Comcast’s Customer Security Assurance professionals to discuss and help resolve the matter. We will never use account termination as a mitigation measure under the CAS. We have designed the pop-up browser alerts not to interfere with any essential services obtained over the Internet.
According to Comcast, they're using the same walled-garden warning technology they've used for years to cordon off infected PCs from the Internet until a user calls in to get help cleaning their machine. Like other ISPs I've spoken to, Comcast is promising that no user information is going to be shared during the warning process -- unless they receive a subpoena from a copyright holder. Also like other ISPs, users can contest accusations of piracy by paying a $35 fee -- and punishments and warnings appear to simply stop after the sixth notification.