Comcast Plans to Cap Everyone's Data
...At a level so high you'll probably never hit it, company promises
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 15, 2014 4:42 PM CDT
This Feb. 11, 2011, file photo, shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – Comcast is reviving the idea of Internet data caps, and intends to roll them out to all of its customers in the coming years. At a conference yesterday, Executive VP David Cohen said he envisioned implementing "a usage-based billing model" for everyone within five years. Customers would have to pay a fee if they used too much bandwidth in a month—though Cohen said the cap might be as high as 350 gigabytes or even 500 gigabytes, CNN reports.

Cohen added that Comcast would likely keep increasing that cap over time. "We will always want to say the basic level of usage at a sufficiently high level that the vast majority of our customers are not implicated," he said. Comcast is already experimenting with 300-gigabyte caps in some markets, which it once told Ars Technica affect only 2% of users. Basically the move is a shot across the bow at cord cutters, observes Amadou Diallo at Forbes. Comcast "could essentially say, 'Want to drop our TV service? Go ahead. But it’s going to cost you.'"

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FarmerMichael
May 18, 2014 2:54 PM CDT
It bugs me to basically be paying for ads. That is what is driving my "data" use. An e-mail web site would not come up on my old equipment for all the apps and ride-alongs, there mainly to get a better "profile" of what ads to send me. I do about the same data flow I have since 1983 in my work...it is just the media hype with it that has grown 43-fold.
Xisiuizado
May 17, 2014 5:46 PM CDT
"Want to drop our TV service? Go ahead. But it’s going to cost you." That doesn't make any sense. I was a cord cutter until two weeks ago and I hardly ever broke 200 GB in a month. This includes streaming, gaming, and downloading. A 350 GB cap, and especially a 500 GB one, covers anyone streaming television.
WallyEFunk
May 16, 2014 2:25 PM CDT
I like when Business and people pay for more upload speed and bandwidth , Rather than them worrying about how much I down load, been working good so far in Canada. Only time I hear from my provider is when my upload goes up to high, then they tell me get a business account ( more money) or be charged for all high up loading. All business have to pay to connect to the internet, let them deal with improving the internet and charging business customer appopeatly for the services and bandwidth they need,passed onto me ,( if I want them), rather than cap mine.