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Comcast plans to roll out data caps for all customers in next 5 years

By Himanshu Arora ยท 30 replies
May 15, 2014
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  1. Comcast Executive VP David Cohen said in a call (transcript) with investors yesterday that he expects "usage-based billing", also known as data caps, to reach all of the company's customers within the next five years.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Now data caps next broadband speed caps...
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Wow Comcast, get ready to lose some money.
  4. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 973   +319

    Doubt they will lose much since in many places they are the only real broadband provider. In my area it is Dish which is slow, AT&T which is priced near Comcast but much slower and Comcast no other options exist.
    SNGX1275 likes this.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,086   +1,364

    Oh good.... just in time for UHD streaming.
  6. NickCobb

    NickCobb TS Rookie

    Dish also has bandwidth caps, 15GB per month (peak hours only) when I was silly enough to be a customer.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,086   +1,364

    Even so, 300GB is a lot of data. I think 1080 HD from Netflix is about 2GB / hour, which means 300GB would be 75 2 hour movies. Even if you watch 3 episodes of your favorite series a night, that still leaves 120 GB of data for everything else you'd do online.
    I really don't see how anyone could use 300GB /month, (that's 30GB per DAY). And even if someone could use that much, it's probably less than half of 1% of users.

    Maybe UHD will change this, but without that, I don't see how it'd be a problem. It would take a lot of work even to find 30GB of stuff a day to download, not to mention the time it would take. A 10Mpbs download is 1.25MB/s. That's 4.5GB per hour. So you'd have to download at max speed for 6 hours and 40 minutes every day to hit the max. I sure wouldn't get close to that much.
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  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Yeah but it will just make Comcast look like an unattractive option, at least over here in NY, where there are like 5 ISPs competing.
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,742   +360

    Thought they already had a cap, as well, I had checked my account and went a few hundred GBs over. I believe I saw it was 250 or 300? Cant remember exactly. There's a new contender in my area... I just need to move to a different part of the city, and I'll be switching over. Regardless whether this new contender has data caps or not, we need to help out the competition before government really starts stepping in even more. At least I know that their going to give me better internet speeds for around the same price. I'll be happy with just that at least, for awhile anyways.

    BTW, I went over the cap when Comcast stopped limiting Netflix. For awhile I was getting "Super HD." I use Netflix on the PS3 and if you click one of the analog sticks, it will show what resolution you are getting. I dont honestly know what Super HD means, or even if its a real thing, I just took Netflix's word for it.
  10. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Why did Microsoft think that going digital only was a great idea if ISPs are starting to cap?

    They really should have fired the guy.
  11. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,647   +1,877

    300GB is 10GB a day.
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  12. It might seem like a lot but its not really, depending on what you do I suppose. I'm with BellAliant in Canada who has no data caps and I used around 3 TB of bandwidth in one month once. That was on a 21.87 MB/s (175 Megabit) connection.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    This would be perfectly acceptable if there were alternatives. From what I've gathered reading about ISPs in the news for the past several years and recently with the TW merger, it seems that there is 0 competition in an alarmingly large number of communities served by TW or Comcast.
  14. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    Well if comcast buys timewarner I will have to dump them if they put caps on I will just have to tether my 4g lte since I still have my old data plan before they put in caps....ppl should have never let them do it now they have to deal with cable companies capping data.....funny the world seems to be going backwards in a way....no more concord cuz a piece of junk on the runway....no more space shuttle because of foam issue...gawd gonna get caps on data and force us back to dial ups roflmao
  15. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +334

    Wow listening to people complain about a data cap of 500gb makes me just shake my head. If your paying $60 a month and using over 500gb guess what your costing the ISP a lot more then $60 a month the route that much data to you. A Local ISP did some studies and found there average user is at 100gb a month, to me for the prices these ISP's are asking and the speeds they offer a 500gb cap is more then generous. Look at cell phone companies they can offer similar speeds but $60 gets you 4gb, that's something to complain about. A ISP stopping people from abusing there service makes sense to me. They will still offer uncapped business internet services if you need vastly more then 500gb a month that would be your plan.
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  16. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    I wish my plan was 60 but try 100+ as for my cell I have unlimited data and plan to keep it that way! The thing I do not like is when they advertise unlimited data and then several years down the road they decide to change the plan you have. The fact that these companies already have a monopoly in the areas they are in pretty much sucks for consumers and how can anyone feel for the companies unless they work for them! Maybe they should upgrade the network.
    SNGX1275 likes this.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    Me either. 300-500Gb sounds like plenty to me.
  18. That's ISP innovation for you. ;)
  19. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 95   +14

    When Google Fiber rolls around they will no doubt steal the competition. Perhaps when Comcast does roll out these caps, Google might get a mighty government loan to propagate throughout the country. Overall, none wants to have any sort of data cap.
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,832   +191

    Comcast got to big and has very poor CS (customer service) their ECS (executive customer service) is the worst. I just have them for internet that's it. Netflix for media I don't get since I left Comcast CATV. Caps just means they want you to pay extra for the internet more fees. They want to make more money.
  21. nestorius

    nestorius TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    @Trillionsin, If you went over then you must be downloading every minute of the day and night. For a short time Comcast had a 250GB cap. It's been gone for a few years now. You say you went several hundred over so that must put you @ about 600GB per month. I enjoy a 56MB/s download speed from Comcast and watch a crapload of video. I've never even come close to 250 - 300 GB and doubt I ever will. Maybe you should find something else to do except download crap from the piratebay or newsgroups.

    Sign me 'Satisfied with Comcast'

    p.s. Don't go blind watching all that downloaded material either....
  22. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,185   +2,425

    It doesn't cost your isp any more money to deliver 10 tbs of data vs 1 kb of data. If the network bandwidth isn't used, it just goes to waste, underutilized. Comparing one crappy service(and quite different) to another doesn't help either. Cell Phone service costs more because it's more costly to provide and people are willing to pay more for it.
  23. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Yeah it is plenty, but I feel like limiting data will make it look like a less attractive option when faced against something like FIOS, which offers unlimited. Unless they market it sneakily, I dont see it helping them.
  24. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Maniac Posts: 234   +132

    Please God, more competition! Comcrap will continue to be the "bullies on the block" with no competition! The END!
  25. sergeybelsky2

    sergeybelsky2 TS Rookie

    30Gb is only 10 decent resolution movies a month.

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