Comcast Tells Telecommuters to Find Another ISP
Forbes has an article on its Web Site that discusses Comcast's recent change in its Terms of Service that attempts to take away their customers' right to use the @Home service for telecommuting. Forbes does not come out and say that Comcast wants to ban the use of its network for Virtual Private Networking, but that's what Comcast is trying to do. The specifics of the new restrictions were discussed on Slashdot earlier this week.
We have a number of Fortune 100 companies as customers, and they are all moving toward VPNs in order to expose their Intranet applications to employees working at home. Attempting to impose these restrictions at this point is laughable.
VPNs are one of the most promising ideas for creating better work / life balance for employees of medium and large corporations. They hold the key to reducing polution and traffic congesting during commuting times. Looked at in this light, Comcast's decision is an impediment to further economic growth in its service areas.
That's why we are sure that other corporations will exert pressure on Comcast to change its shortsighted policy. If not, the governments of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the other states with Comcast territories will have to do the job.