Comcast Moves to Increase Data Caps to 300GB on Home Broadband Service
May 21, 2012 9:01 AM
comment(s) - last by
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."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Are you sure?
5/21/2012 10:36:00 AM
Are you sure about the specifics of Comcast's cap? I have had Comcast both before and after the 250 limit, and the way I was told, and experienced, was that if you cross the 250 GB limit AND you're one of the top 5% downloaders in your area, you are given a warning. If you do it again within 12 months, you are banned from Comcast. You aren't charged extra money for going over the limit (which I've done several times, to the tune of 1-5 GB, and experienced no charge or warning). However, when the cap was first instituted a few years ago, I had a month that I downloaded over 700 GB. I received a phone call warning me not to do it again within 12 months. But that was it.
On a side note, I hate the cap. I could easily download 500 GB a month.
RE: Are you sure?
5/22/2012 4:10:07 AM
I live with two guys and we on average use between 400-500GB's a month(Comcast). One month we hit the 750Gb mark and still didn't receive a call. About 2 months ago one of the guys went absolutely crazy and pushed us over the 1000GB marker.
It was at that point that we received a phone call warning us that if it happened again we would lose service for a short period of time. If they had to call us for a third time we would be completely banned from using their service for a 12 month period.
We primarily use the bandwidth for streaming HD content, downloading Steam games or content from other digital platforms. Where our usage really gets out of control is the guy that lives downstairs torrents like a fiend and doesn't understand computers/torrents all that well.
After leaving uTorrent running 27/7 for a full month with everything he had ever downloaded left on the list... we finally got Comcast's attention. I now monitor his uTorrent like a hawk since he likes to update its version and run the wizard for bandwidth settings thus consuming everything we have (25mb/4mb). The internet is bogging down... my game is lagging. DAMN COMCAST! Oh wait... DAMN STONER DOWNSTAIRS DOWNLOADING "LOADS" OF PORN! :(
"If you mod me down, I will become more insightful than you can possibly imagine." -- Slashdot
Comcast Sets Data Cap at 250 GB
August 29, 2008, 7:35 AM
Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out, Calls Herself "Patient-Zero" for Internet Cyberbullying
October 21, 2014, 2:25 PM
Google Fiber Finally Heading to Austin, Texas in December
October 16, 2014, 11:48 AM
Dropbox Flexes Security Muscle, Appears to Have Squashed Password Breach
October 15, 2014, 12:12 PM
U2’s Bono Apologizes for Forced “Songs of Innocence” Album Downloads
October 15, 2014, 7:55 AM
Google Launches "Same-day Delivery" Subscription Service for $95/year
October 14, 2014, 10:37 AM
Netflix 4K Content to Cost Subscribers Extra $3/Month
October 13, 2014, 8:01 AM
Most Popular Articles
Cool Science Video of the Day: Carnivorous Leech Eats Giant Jungle Worm
October 16, 2014, 6:44 PM
Chinese Government Declares Digital War Against America's Top Tech Firms
October 20, 2014, 12:07 PM
PS4 "Masamune" Update 2.0 Will Bring New Music and Customization Features
October 17, 2014, 1:05 PM
HBO, CBS Lead Charge to Ditch Cable
October 16, 2014, 4:40 PM
Update: Motorola Droid Turbo Coming Oct 28, 48-hour Battery Life Confirmed
October 19, 2014, 9:19 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information