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Man holds Comcast to account with Twitter slow-bot that tweets when his internet speed drops


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

February 1, 2016 | 2 min read

Telecom providers often market certain internet speeds that can be largely unachievable for some web users, however one man has built a script to ensure a Twitter bot holds his web provider Comcast to account everytime his broadband speed drops greatly below the advertised levels.

Reddit user AlekseyP unveiled the bot, claiming it announced when his web speed drops below 50Mbps.

Typically the tweet will read as follows – and there are a lot of them.

On why he’s conducting such an operation, he said: “Comcast has noticed and every time I tweet [by] asking for my account number and address... usually hours after the speeds have returned to normal values.

“I have chosen not to provide them my account or address because I do not want to be singled out as a customer; all their customers deserve the speeds they advertise, not just the ones who are able to call them out on their BS.”

The script is available here for any web dissidents wanting exactly what they pay for from their web provider.

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