Comcast to make monthly Internet use cap official

Comcast Corp., the nation's second-largest Internet service provider, Thursday said it would set an official limit on the amount of data subscribers can download and upload each month...

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Merritt3703d ago

It sickens me to see this happen. Is this how censorship of the internet will work?!?!

RevN8r3703d ago

I think that actual censorship of the internet will be much worse. This is bad, to be sure, but it's already a practice throughout much of the rest of the world.

My ISP is through Charter Communications, and I feel like they're already throttling our bandwidth. It shouldn't be the case, but I truly wonder sometimes.

Bnet3433702d ago

and to think I was going to sign for Comcast because I am moving next week. No thanks Comcrap, I'll stick to DSL like always.

sack_boi3702d ago

Here in france we have 100MB/s dl and 50MB/s up, without and restrictions.

I really feel bad for you Americans.

Silver3603702d ago

of the internet service if they are changing what is offered. None of this bull about we have the right to change what we provide, the customers get no compensation for the change of the deal.

JoySticksFTW3702d ago

!! The Atmosphere will begin charging for the air we breathe...
!! God will begin charging new born babies for souls...
!! The devil will begin charging for extra helpings of Despair when you reach hell...
!! Too Human, Fat Gabe, Haze, RROD'd 360's, Lair, and the Wii's whole line-up of games will begin charging for the right to laugh at them...

When and where does it frickin' end?

But in all fariness to Comcast, 250gb is pretty generous compared to what the other guys are offering

Motion3702d ago

Digital phone companies like vonage will be pissed about this, since comcast is limiting the amount of time you can use it, especially while comcast itself offers a digital phone service that will probably remain unlimited...since this will effect other companies services, such as vonage, hulu, (basically any IPtv or voice company), I dont' see how they can put these restrictions on.

kalel3333702d ago

Wow 250 gb cap??? That's still pretty good ! here in Canada Quebec, I have a 20gb download cap and I pay 40$ (student price) but if I weren't a student it would be 20$ more I think. I'm hating the internet more and more everyday because I can't do as much as when I had my 256 kbps connection !! Who knew That I'd want my 256kbps connection back when I have 7mbps; f*ck capitalism !

IdleLeeSiuLung3702d ago

I hope it will be illegal for isp's to cap. Frankly this is heading ina bad direction. First they say, oh the cap is at a 250GB, then they reduce it by introducing lower cost plan. Then they get rid of the old plans and introduce newer crappier plans.

Step in the wrong direction though, but in Comcast defense they have provided me the best internet I gotten compared to crappy DSL service from AT&T and they are far more generous....

Wish I could get fiber!

SaiyanFury3702d ago (Edited 3702d ago )

So the American corporate monopoly of the internet continues. Soon the cap will drop and the internet will become more expensive as all things that are involved in a corporate monopoly do. I'm stuck on 1.5mbps DSL so no cap in the world would be low enough for us here in BF nowhere, Florida.

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ShinFuYux3703d ago

How much data does Online gaming use in a month?

Yesterday, I downloaded National Treasure, it was 7GB.


OGharryjoysticks3703d ago

This would suck sheep balls if it cut me off a game in the middle

Shadowstar3702d ago

So, at 7 GB... you'd be able to download only 35 movies per month (assuming no other internet usage-- if we say that other than movies, you're around average, that's still over 30 per month.) How many movies do you watch? 250 gigs sounds like you'd only hit it if you were a heavy filesharing family using multiple computers to download individual movies every day, or running a very successful website out of your basement... I mean, I'd prefer no limits, but most of the rest of the world has them, and if the US is going to get them too, they should be reasonable, and this... actually seems reasonable. And from Comcast, no less! Surprising!

JoySticksFTW3702d ago

They won't cut your game off in the middle. Comcast will let you keep playing and just charge you CRAZY fees for going over your limit.

They probably, secretly hope you go over the limit just to charge you more money.

Believe it.

strotee3703d ago

Sounds like Comcast is ready for digital downloads. /sarcasm

dragunrising3703d ago

Hopefully the restrictions won't last or will be refined (higher than 1000 GB). Digital distribution is going to happen at some point and the last thing we need is a data cap. It is more beneficial to single out the major abusers of data bandwidth. Spammers and pirates in particular...

Raoh3703d ago

dont take this lightly

comcast is the second largest isp...

other companies are all trying to reach the same goal and are all looking at each other to see what works

not only to stop piracy but to make money on it...

this also allows them to blame the customer/offender for less than stellar service

while they still wont upgrade their networks

lets not forget that comcast was also caught delivering SD quality television to its HD customers to increase bandwidth (or not increase bandwidth)

rogimusprime3702d ago

they are just trying set set a strong precedent for F***ing people over.

This is garbage. I'm glad Time Warner bought them out in L.A.

kalel3333702d ago

Yeah i totally agree with you, people don't realize how "dangerous" this could be for us consumers. If we start accepting limited internet every ISP is going to do the same in order to save bandwidth and make more money out of the GB's we download . But then again they'll have to either remove the caps or give us more download and upload with digital downloads becoming more and more popular everyday. Apple should sue all ISP's that force caps (have no limitless plans) saying that they are hampering the growth of their itunes store or something lol. So should Microsoft and Sony with their PS's and Xbox's.