Now that the “six-strikes” Copyright Alert System has gone live, and we know exactly how some of these alerts will look like, it’s about time that ISPs revealed how they’ll be implementing the system. Let’s go through each of the participating ISPs one by one and see how each of them will go about enforcing the new CAS. Take note that these are the fifth and sixth alerts, which fall under the mitigation phase.
We’ve already covered how Verizon will be implementing the system, and those details still hold true now that it has officially launched. Verizon will be the only ISP that will be temporarily capping users’ speeds. While they will also force repeat-offenders to watch videos to inform them about copyright and legal avenues to download content, customers that continue to pirate will see their speeds reduced to “near dial-up” speeds.
Cablevision is taking a more heavy-handed approach by completely disabling users’ Internet connections for 24 hours after the 5th and sixth alerts.
Time Warner Cable will not be capping data speeds and instead will implement a “browser lock” which users can only remove after calling a Time Warner representative for a “instructional conversation about copyright and legal methods of downloading content.”
Comcast is also choosing not to throttle Internet speeds and instead will be issuing constant in-browser alerts until they call Comcast Security Assurance and have a similar conversation to that of Time Warner’s implementation.
Finally, AT&T will be forcing users accused of piracy to ”take an extra step to review materials on an online portal that will educate them on the distribution of copyrighted content online” before they can access other websites, which sounds pretty much like the browser lock of Time Warner Cable.
So now you know how each ISP will be implementing the system, who do you think is the worst? Best? Or are they all just wasting our time and inconveniencing users? Let us know in the comments!