Comcast Moves to Increase Data Caps to 300GB on Home Broadband Service
May 21, 2012 9:01 AM
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Comcast to trial slight increase in data caps
Thousands of Comcast customers around the country were far from happy back in 2008 when the cable company
that it would put a 250 GB cap on its monthly broadband customers. Once that 250 GB cap was reached, customers were forced to pay an additional $10 for 50 GB of additional data.
Comcast has now announced that it will be making changes to the data caps it places on its plans. The cable company says that over the next few months it will begin the trial of improved data usage management approaches. The company says it will be piloting at least two different approaches in various markets. Details will be provided closer to launch, but Comcast is offering a broad overview.
The first new approach Comcast is talking about will offer multitier usage allowances that increase for each tier of its high-speed data services. The plan will start with the 300 GB usage allotment on internet essentials, economy, and performance tiers. Blast and Extreme tiers would get a higher allotment, but the specific amount isn't mentioned. Once those allotments were reached customers would pay an additional $10 for 50 GB of data.
The second approach would be to increase data usage thresholds for all tiers to 300 GB monthly with the same $10 per 50 GB over charges. The changes boil down to customers in the trial areas will get an extra 50 GB of monthly allotment.
Comcast wrote, "Our goal with this improved approach, these consumer trials, and our continued investment in our network is to create products that meet the needs of all of our residential customers (even the heaviest users) and provide everyone with a choice."
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Is there any place to run to?
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5/21/2012 10:14:42 AM
Really data caps on your home interenet connection???
Is there any place you can go to get unlimited service anymore?
I have DSl through Century Link and as far as I know I have no data limits or have not exceeded it if there is one. And they always want to sell you a higher speed, so why limit your data if they want to sell higher speed in which you'd use MORE data?
I would HOPE that at least your wired home internet, where you WANT to have access to hugh data in streaming and such, would not limit you at all.
RE: Is there any place to run to?
5/21/2012 12:50:59 PM
AT&T Uverse/DSL have identical caps for residential service to Comcast (250GB) but again, I don't know what they do when you go over. Supposedly they bill you $10 for every 50GB over, but that's never happened to me.
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