Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year

quote [ In January and February [2021], Comcast will give its Xfinity customers not on an unlimited plan a “credit” for any data usage charges over 1.2TB during those months to ease them into the new limits. Then, starting in March, non-unlimited customers who exceed 1.2TB in a month will be charged $10 per 50GB of data, for a maximum of $100. ]

So we had that article proposing they charge a tax, equal to $10 per day for telecommuters.
It’s not about who would dare implement these COVID fees. It’s “Who will be next?”

When people were still vocal about saving Net Neutrality, Comcast said they would never cap your data or throttle your speed. FCC voted out those rules in 2017.
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Comments

cb361 said @ 8:51pm GMT on 24th Nov [Score:1 Funsightful]
YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A --- well, anything at all.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:51pm GMT on 24th Nov
If I were to download and upload at full speed continuously for an entire month, I wouldn't hit the 1.2 TB cap. My speeds just aren't fast enough.
Mikhail_16 said @ 11:47pm GMT on 25th Nov
While it's 'haha, funny'; this is not an acceptable state to start the argument on the existence of paid data cap.
For the record the calculation is: 1.2 (terabytes per month) = ~3.7 Mbps on average. This is basically nothing. Couple actively running cloud cameras will eat up these numbers. I've used ~700 GB per month and I'm not even a heavy user of streaming and downloading of stuff.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:54pm GMT on 24th Nov
gma said @ 9:25pm GMT on 24th Nov
I'm kind of amazed that they haven't had it everywhere yet. I have had a bandwidth cap from Comcast since 2013.
Bruceski said @ 9:55pm GMT on 24th Nov
I run pretty much constantly and it looks like my usage (from https://customer.xfinity.com/#/services/internet )is about 600GB/month. That's for one person but with Youtube/Twitch on all the time as background noise.

Still annoying they're doing that, but if anyone's trying to figure out a comparison.
mechavolt said @ 10:50pm GMT on 24th Nov
My teenage through mid-20s self would be devastated by this (bandwith adjusted for inflation). My late 30s self just doesn't have enough time/obsessiveness to download that much anymore.

That just reminded me of that perl script that someone on SE wrote...fusker I think? Man, I used to download gigs of videos at one go with that thing.
C18H27NO3 said @ 9:30pm GMT on 25th Nov
I'm more concerned about the idea of caps, and what the future will hold. It's the same bullshit as taxing people that work from home. The details are stupid, but the concept has ramifications. Leave it to comcast.
Mikhail_16 said @ 11:49pm GMT on 25th Nov
In a few years, they'll just argue that 1TB/mo is the acceptable cap for 97th percentile and if you want more... 'Pay us'
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:49am GMT on 26th Nov
I think that's what they're doing now and have been doing for years.
C18H27NO3 said @ 7:08pm GMT on 26th Nov
Comcast is now jacking up prices for both packages and internet only deals. Up to something like $100 a year, give or take. Comcast is realizing it'll be at least two more years before workers return to the office, if at all. Lots of in home entertainment and internet use that needs to be capitalized on. Can't leave money on the table.

Cheap umbrellas before rain : $3.00
Cheap umbrellas during rain : $7.50

I was actually astounded that during the black out in NYC when the city came to a halt and everybody had to walk home, a bottle of water didn't change in price at all.

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