A Consumerist reader sent in the above screengrab of a question that popped up when taking a survey on the Comcast Insight Community website, which appears to be operated by market research company VisionCritical, but which does include Comcast branding.
The reader came upon this question that presents a statement that we assume many people would not be pleased to read:
“At the end of 2014, Comcast will be implementing a monthly $6 fee for WiFi hotspot access outside of your home… All XFINITY Internet subscribers will be charged this fee — you cannot opt out even if you do not currently use hotspots.”
The question our reader — and we — had immediately upon seeing this was whether this was asking for a reaction to a possible fee or if Comcast was trying to get a bead on how angry people would be when it does enact such a fee.
Since it’s a market-research survey, we hedged that it was more likely the former of those two options. However, in an effort to prove to Comcast exec Kevin Casey that we do care about truth and accuracy, we reached out to the company for clarification.
Eventually, Comcast did get back to us. According to a rep for the company, Comcast has “no plans to charge our customers for Xfinity WiFi service,” and that this particular survey should not have been posted to the Insight Community site as it had not been properly vetted by Comcast.
So there’s some good news for Comcast subscribers on a Friday — if your bill goes up, it’s not because of the company’s public WiFi network.