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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 announced 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." 

Source: Comcast



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RE: Concept of Caps versus Reasonable Caps
By tallcool1 on 5/21/2012 11:53:25 AM , Rating: 1
Ditto on the what are you doing in a home that causes you to upload 1TB every month?


RE: Concept of Caps versus Reasonable Caps
By Jeremy87 on 5/21/2012 12:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, for one, I host a webpage with videos I've recorded that people download. I also frequently access personal files when I'm not at home.
What other family members do I don't know, but I'm pretty sure 90% of our traffic is from the above.


RE: Concept of Caps versus Reasonable Caps
By Real_Time on 5/21/2012 2:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I host a webpage with videos I've recorded that people download.


Shouldn't you be on a business plan then? Tsk Tsk.


By Trisped on 5/21/2012 2:50:46 PM , Rating: 1
You do not get business plans when you are working from a residential area. They are usually not available.

In addition, business plans cost more because they provide different services. If he does not need the up time and bandwidth guarantees, and if he does not want to pay for a faster upload (which is where most of the cost comes from) then there is no reason he should not be able to use a standard residential plan.


By heffeque on 5/21/2012 3:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
It could be his personal webpage and not for commercial use, so... give him the benefit of doubt!


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