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Comcast May Cap Unlimited Internet

by May 08, 2008
Comcast - Now with extra cappage!

Comcast - Now with extra cappage!

After Rogers, Canada’s top Cable/Internet broadband provider announced it’ll end its unlimited Internet access, America’s number two Internet provider considers the same measure.

An insider tells DLSReports.com that Comcast is discussing monthly caps on Internet use. In the new system subscribers to the previously unlimited plans will have 250GB limit. An additional charge of $15 would be applied for every additional 10GB.

Comcast estimates this would only affect about 14,000 of its 14.1 million subscribers. In Canada Rogers is implementing a cap starting this summer of 60GB with stiffer penalties for going over. It may be a lot of data but it’s conceivable that Rogers and Comcast’s limits could be reached if users downloaded all of their content from TV shows to movies in high definition.

The new caps are obviously an effort to deter heavy downloading and possibly to police illegal downloads. The rumor of broadband caps comes soon after Comcast’s beating at the hands of the FCC for throttling its customer’s P2P traffic.

But is the long term goal of Comcast and Rogers to prepare for a time when consumers have the option to legally download all of its high definition content?

Cable TV has always required users to subscribe to entire networks. All day long you’re paying for programming you don’t even care about. Digital downloads of individual episodes and movies only require users to pay for programming they actually watch.

Comcast would likely resist providing bold new billing options to compete with cheap bandwidth and legal download services. This could be the first tremors of that resistance.

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Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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croseiv posts on May 11, 2008 14:21
It sounds like a bad idea to me. I don't think I do anything near 250 GB though.
westcott posts on May 10, 2008 15:33
This is just another sign that cable service is struggling with their limited bandwidth when compared to satellite. Their SD and HD sucks and pretty soon I will stop using them for internet service. I am still pissed they changed my email address when they bought roadrunner.

FIOS, here I come!!!!!
supervij posts on May 09, 2008 23:20
mtrycrafts, post: 410776
What does that 60G include? Incoming mail? Outgoing mail? Posts at AH?
Each letter is a bite/byte? More? Uploading files?

Once they start the cap, that 250 is just an initial limit. Next year it could be down to 60G, then 10G. It's all about being rich over night.
The 60 GB (7 Mbit/sec) includes everything. Anything coming into or out of my computer through the internet connection is subject to the cap. Incoming and outgoing e-mail, streaming video, uploading content, web surfing (yes, posting on AH), everything. And me, by myself, I usually don't come close to the cap. My new roommate does a lot of multimedia stuff on the ‘net, so we’re getting close most months. We would get charged an additional $2 per GB that we go over the cap (up to a maximum of $25).

cheers,
supervij
Jack Hammer posts on May 09, 2008 13:38
Why would they threaten people about overusage if their package is “unlimited”?

Personally, I'd file a complaint with the states Attorneys General office if I got that kind of message. Oh, and I did when I had “unlimited” nights and weekends and Verizon had to balls to tell me I was using too many night and weekend minutes. That was the last time they bothered me about it.

Jack
mtrycrafts posts on May 09, 2008 13:23
supervij, post: 410602
250 GB? That's a cap? Up here in the Great White North, I'm with Rogers for internet, I pay $45 per month plus $3 per month for the modem, and my cap is 60 GB! 250 is so huge that the vast majority of people wouldn't even notice it. You Americans are so lucky. :o

cheers,
supervij

What does that 60G include? Incoming mail? Outgoing mail? Posts at AH?
Each letter is a bite/byte? More? Uploading files?

Once they start the cap, that 250 is just an initial limit. Next year it could be down to 60G, then 10G. It's all about being rich over night.
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