Fwd: SlashDot: "Comcast Gunning for NAT Users"

Martin J. Levy mahtin at mahtin.com
Thu Jan 31 15:57:38 UTC 2002

I got this forwarded to me.  I'm not impressed.

Based upon the general desire for providers to have NAT'ed users and to reduce IP-space usage where appropriate, does this make sense?  I can understand the providers desire to increase revenue, but I don't believe this is a good way to do it.

Besides the technical difficulties of detecting a household that is running a NAT'ed router, why not win over the customer with a low-cost extra IP address vs: the customers one-time hardware cost for the router.  There are people who would be willing to pay some amount monthly vs: (let's say) $100 for a NAT box.

Does anyone know what percentage of home broadband users run NAT?  Does anyone have stats for IP-addresses saved by using NAT?


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From: Ward Clark <ward at joyofmacs.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 15:00:32 -0500
To: "NetTalk" <nettalk at sustworks.com>
Subject: SlashDot: "Comcast Gunning for NAT Users"

Today's MacInTouch links to a report that appeared in SlashDot on 

"A co-worker of mine resigned today. His new job at Comcast: Hunting down 
'abusers' of the service. More specifically, anyone using NAT to connect 
more than one computer to their cable modem to get Internet access- 
whether or not you're running servers or violating any other Acceptable 
Use Policies. Comcast has an entire department dedicated to eradicating 
NAT users from their network. ... did anyone think they'd already be 
harassing people that are using nothing more than the bandwidth for which 
they are paying? ..." Earthlink and Comcast have both been advertising 
lately their single-household, multi-computer services (and additional 
fees) -- probably amusing to many thousands of broadband-router owners, 
at least until the cable companies really crack down.

There's a huge number of responses (691 at the moment), which I quickly 
scanned out of curiosity.  I'm not a Comcast or Earthlink user.

You can start here:


-- ward

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