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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5/21/2012 2:44:43 PM
What's the point of this cap increase?
Per Comcast own statement (sorry I don't have it handy) only a very few percent of users go above 200GB, a vast majority don't go above 50GB.
When the 250GB cap went into effect I recall them making these statements...and that less than %1 of people go above 250GB.
I just find this a bit funny that's all.
5/21/2012 3:04:06 PM
It is because a number of their internet subscribers (and probably phone and cable subscribers too) are leaving to go to other providers.
I know I wouldn't pay for a plan which limited me to 67 hours of full download speed. They are basically telling me that I can use my connection for 2 hours a day. The fact is that if everyone only used their internet 2 hours a day, then they would all be using at the same time anyways, so there would be no savings for anyone. The ISP would still have to run lines to handle the bandwidth; lines which would remain unused most of the day.
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