Comcast Data Caps heading To Many More Markets, What You Can Do
I suppose it was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it suck for you any less. Comcast has begun to roll out their 1 Terabyte data caps to many more markets across the US. They have given up the explanation that the caps are to prevent congestion and finally admitted that they are about profits and nothing more, yet more of the cable giant’s customers are going to be finding themselves with limited internet. According to Comcast’s “data plan” FAQ if you live in the following area’s you already have the 1TB cap in place:
- Alabama (excluding the Dothan market)
- Florida (Fort Lauderdale, the Keys, and Miami)
- Georgia (excluding Southeastern Georgia)
- Northern Indiana
- Southwestern Michigan
- Eastern Texas
- South Carolina
- Southwest Virginia
As of November 1, 2016 if you live in the following markets it is time to get angry:
- Alabama (Dothan)
- Florida (North Florida, Southwest Florida and West Palm)
- Southeastern Georgia
- Indiana (Indianapolis and Central Indiana; Fort Wayne and Eastern Indiana)
- Michigan (Grand Rapids/Lansing, Detroit, and Eastern Michigan)
- New Mexico
- Western Ohio
- Texas (Houston)
As you can see, Comcast is rolling these caps out all over the country affecting tons of customers, some of which have no other option for usable broadband internet service. Luckily, you will get 2 “courtesy months” where no overage charges will occur if you go over but after that you either have to cut back, pay $10 for each additional 50 GB (with a limit of $200) or shell out an additional $50 a month for unlimited.
You may find yourself thinking “Hey, a Terabyte is a LOT of data! I’ll never use that much!” And you would be half right. Yes, a Terabyte IS a LOT of data, but if you and your family like to stream video you very well may use that much and more. 4K video and HDR (High Dynamic Range) are starting to become more prevalent, and with that comes huge file sizes equating to about 12 GB per hour of streaming. The average user consumes about 2 hours of streaming video a day. If you have more than one person in your household streaming on a nightly basis you will blow through that 1TB of data before the month is out not including any other internet use. As you can see this is a blatantly anti-consumer policy that serves no purpose other than extracting more profits and stifling innovation.
Unfortunately, Comcast is not likely to change its ways without a little pressure from outside sources. As they have a de-facto monopoly in most of their markets the only way to fight against this kind of abuse of technological innovation is through regulation. We, at Theaterverse, urge you to file a complaint with the FCC, especially if you reside in one of the markets that have been affected by the policy change.