Comcast XFINITY Wifi Pass: Shady Billing Practices


Truly shady – we know we didn’t rightfully earn the revenue, but we’ll only give it back to you if you ask.  Thankfully there’s the #FCC to stand up to such shenanigans. If not for me, then next time Comcast is pleading for a favor.  I had $1500 wiped off my AT&T iphone Rome roaming charges.  I wonder if anything C-suite-originating will happen now.

Text of my FCC complaint

For various reasons, from time to time I have had to purchase WiFi access from Comcast Xfinity. The onramp to do so on my Android is a little buggy – sometimes when you think you’ve completed the transaction, you’re redirected the the start page process. My complaint with that phenomenon is, honestly, more easily directed at google and android.  That said in early September 2016, I found myself deciding to purchase their 30 day pass for $55.  Same pattern: redirected to start page of process – and hating to type on my phone I gave up.  two weeks later I noticed though I had not been granted service, there was a charge on my credit card from XFINITY WiFi for $55.

Worse still, when I called customer service, she was very polite -and didn’t even disagree with me: she told me, I can see here that you were charged but your subscription WASN”T ACTIVATED. She’d organize the refund process. And for that I’m glad. And they confirmed the credit the next day (today). But that isn’t the point.  It should not have taken my pointing out to them the issue; their systems should have a logic built in to notice that.

I work in software integration. So after I hung up the phone, I got exceedingly angry: a company that size KNEW it took my money for a service it KNEW it had not rendered.  They should have had an automated workflow rule and update to process the refund.  It’s simply by luck that I noticed this row (in the horizontal rectangle) among the post-statement transactions depicted in the vertical rectangle.

BELIEVE ME: I need the money more than Comcast does.  I have an MBA from Columbia, and it appalls me that this company would a) treat its customers like this and b) plead for anti-trust and deregulatory agenda when I can think of no more compelling a reason that such company wishes should be, if not thwarted, inspected very, very closely.

Please feel free to cite my case in public. This is disgusting.

For the record, the FCC site is thoroughly modern and pleasant (based on ZenDesk). I don’t know where this idea of inept government lingers so. Oh, right. Ideology.

#FCC #Rules They Matter

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Nov 13 Social Media Power Panel in DC Hosted by Columbia & Chicago Booth


So here’s where my role as blogger blends into my role of booster-in-chief and board member of Columbia Business School Alumni of MetroDC.

So, adopting a tongue-in-cheek tone of voice,

We interrupt this blog to bring you a message from our sponsor…

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Facebook. Living Social. Social@Ogilvy. Booz Allen.

These are the quality of mind and depth of experience  you’ll get by attending this collaborative effort between the DC alumni clubs of Chicago Booth and Columbia Business School.

Currently scheduled to appear are:

You won’t want to miss this assemblage of expertise, so if you’re in DC, be sure to attend.

Because the Power of the Columbia Business School Alumni Network Starts with You

Wednesday November 13, 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm


Crowell and Moring

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

This event is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Columbia Business School and University of Chicago Booth School Alumni Clubs of DC. Come join us on November 13th this to learn, build relationships, network, and partake in some food and drink together!
Register here.
If you have questions about  the evening’s panel, agenda or logistics, Please contact Ritija Gupta (rgupta10@gsb.columbia.edu)