Jun 17, 2014

Where has Comcast imposed data caps for residential customers?

I know there are some places Comcast has already put data caps in place. Does anyone know in which markets this has been implemented?

Comcast plans data caps for all customers in 5 years, could be 500GB

"Speaking with investors today (transcript), Comcast Executive VP David Cohen said, "I would predict that in five years Comcast at least would have a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint."

Netflix's share of Internet traffic rises again, to 34 percent.
Comcast, which has about 20 million broadband customers, has rolled out caps to some of the areas that it serves, including Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama; Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia; Central Kentucky; Maine; Jackson, Mississippi; Knoxville and Memphis, Tenessee; and Charleston, South Carolina. Customers generally get 300GB of data per month, with $10 charges for each extra 50GB. (During the trial period, customers can exceed the cap for three months out of any 12-month period without incurring extra fees.)"

The “lucky” places so far include:

The state of Maine; central Kentucky; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; Huntsville Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Knoxville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; and Tucson, Arizona.  


Comcast has said in public that this is just a “test program,” but other statements by company officials suggest that they intend to impose data caps nationally. I find it interesting that all of the places where the data caps have been implemented are staunchly conservative with active hostility towards consumer protection laws and government regulation of private business. Personally, I suspect that this is so, in a year or two, they can make the claim that this policy has been place in communities across America without serious opposition. Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but it’s hard not to be when discussing an industry that is doing its best to take as much additional money as possible from content providers and consumers without any significant improvement in services. 

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