Comcast vs. pop-up blocking software

Some kind of transition is happening between Adelphia cable internet service and Comcast in Colorado Springs. Adelphia customers seeking to get online through their usual cable connection in some areas now get a message about needing to install Comcast software. The instructions include this note:

Note: Please temporarily disable any firewall, anti-virus and pop-up blocking software currently running on your computer before running the installation software.

This is standard installation preamble, but it makes a point. Comcast wants to put proprietary software on their customers’ computers where previously none was required. To what end do you suppose? Pop-ups and spy-ware? No thank you.

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