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Re: [BW Meter] Comcast to Replace Usage Cap
I'd have to agree with you neufuse. As long as they use reasonable numbers for their tiers it wouldn't be too bad. Maybe base them on a ratio of speed and capacity. You get 250GB for every 6mbps of speed. If you're on the 12/2 plan then you'd have 500GB, if you're on blast you'd have about 800GB. If you're on extreme 50 or 105, it would be 1.6TB and 3.2TB. As the speed of the tiers go up so does your cap. I think that would be more people happy because if you're going to have to pay more for overages you should be getting more speed to go with it. It would be more enticing for people to jump to a higher tier if they are getting more speed and capacity.
actions · 2012-May-17 2:00 pm · (locked)
I think your numbers are unlikely/not really reasonable.
People using those levels of bandwidth should expect
to pay extra for bandwidth as well as a portion of the cost to upgrade the plant to handle the load.
If you could really find it cheaper YOU probably wouldn't be on ComCast.
actions · 2012-May-17 2:08 pm · (locked)
They already do... If you're on extreme 105 you're paying in the $150 - $200 range. If the standard tier is $60 a month for plant upgrades, line maintenance, customer support, email, etc etc, that extra $90 a month is directly related to giving them more speed. If it requires more hardware to get the extra data then it just means the plant has more capacity for the times when those people are not using it.
actions · 2012-May-17 3:05 pm · (locked)
you paid more more for the Max speed and some capacity upgrade, but total bandwidth usage on, say a 400 sub mode was restricted by the cap to 400 x 250.
If you raise the base cap to the TB range at the top, AND make cap/tier expandsion flexible/on demand, most likely you will need to greatly expand Capacity again to cover the times when everyone decides that on the second tuesday of the month they intend to download non-stop, full out and eat the overage cost.
seperately there are the costs of moving that data beyond the last mile
actions · 2012-May-17 3:34 pm · (locked)