Comcast Offers Details On New Cap in Nashville
Confirmed August 1 Start, $10 For Additional 50 GB
Earlier this year Comcast announced
that the cable operator would be eliminating their 250GB monthly cap for all users -- instead announcing a number of new cap and overage options. At the time, Comcast stated that users in some trial markets would see their monthly caps raised to 300 GB a month -- but users would also potentially be seeing overages ($10 for 50 GB was cited as an example). Earlier this month
we exclusively reported that Nashville was going to be one of the test markets for the new caps, users in Nashville getting an e-mail informing them that the decision to start charging overages was an "evolution" in Comcast services.
According to a recent Q&A posted to the Comcast website
, starting August 1 users in Nashville have a 300 GB monthly cap and pay $10 for each additional 50 GB. From the Comcast FAQ:
When you exceed 300 GB of data usage, you will receive an email, an in-browser notice (see below) and an additional 50 GB will be automatically allocated. In order for customers to get accustomed to the new data usage management plan, we will be implementing a courtesy period. That means you will not be billed for the first three times you exceed the monthly 300 GB allowance during a 12-month period. Should you exceed the monthly allowance after the courtesy period expires, you will automatically be charged $10 each time we need to provide you with an additional 50 GB of data for usage beyond your plan.
There's no word from Comcast on any additional markets yet.
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|reply to Crookshanks |
Caps are simply used as a method to help ensure that nothing innovative can be created that will jeopardize the existing antiquated, consumer-unfriendly distribution method.
Even where a content creator is not also a TV provider, we are seeing increasing moves to paywalls and other artificial restrictions that serve no other purpose but to maintain an overreaching control and to keep consumers from gaining any real leverage like they should in any legitimate free market.