by Karl Bode 08:34AM Thursday Aug 02 2012 Tipped by RyanThaDude
Several users in our forums are claiming technicians working for Mediacom say the company will soon be the latest U.S. ISP to begin charging users overage fees. According to users in this thread, they're being told that per byte overages will be coming soon -- but we've yet to be able to confirm the move with Mediacom. The move would make sense, given that Mediacom started being more serious about enforcing their existing cap last June. Usually ISPs interested in metering impose a "soft" cap, slowly get more serious about enforcing it, then start engaging in a lot of consumer "education" about their usage patterns. We'll post more information when we can get a response out of Mediacom.
"Effective August 1st, new Mediacom Internet customers, and existing customers who choose to move to one of Mediacoms new service plans, will have monthly usage allowances that vary depending on the level of service they choose. Monthly allowances range from 150 GB per month for our Mediacom Launch service to 999 GB per month for our Mediacom Ultra and Ultra Plus plans. If needed, additional bandwidth can be purchased for any service plan in 50GB blocks at $10 per block.
Our average Internet subscriber currently uses only 31 GB of data per month, so we dont expect these allowances to have much impact on our customer base." From MediacomChad
Only if its a Co-Op and those wanting it are the only ones that pay into it. Otherwise NO unless the network is FULLY Opened to ALL Companies to offer service - and those who still do NOT want to pay into it- are opted out of paying for those bonds.
It is not reasonable at all. Sadly, it is better than some of their competitors especially smaller ones such as LISCO. Mediacom knows they can get away with this cap because several of their competitors are already doing it. The consumer loses.
The caps are very reasonable, as are the overage charges.
IF someone uses all 50 GB then the overages are reasonable. if someone uses only 10 GB then that's $1 per GB which is NOT reasonable. These overages should be $2 per 10 GB not $10 per 50 GB. Anyone using under 40 GB of the extra 50 GB is paying too much on overages.
Karl hasn't received his monthly "donation" check from them. Karl is only for FREE and eat all you can products. he does NOT believe in limits of any kind and thinks that the Gov't is the solution to everything.
Money grab. Ok these companies say less than 2% of their customers go over. So they wouldn't get a dime from 98% of their customers. If the ones that go over either go to another service or reduce their usage once again no overage money for these companies. So where is the money grab? Now they may THINK they are going to make money on this but they won't.
I think they are hoping people will move from the lower tier to a higher one to get away from the 150GB cap. Their top tiers have a surprisingly high 999GB cap, which I doubt even 0.5% of people reach. But on the lower tier, I bet more than 2% of people hit the 150GB cap.
Money grab. Ok these companies say less than 2% of their customers go over. So they wouldn't get a dime from 98% of their customers. If the ones that go over either go to another service or reduce their usage once again no overage money for these companies. So where is the money grab? Now they may THINK they are going to make money on this but they won't
not now but in future as usage increases more people will go over. If they do gradually people won't complain like you and just go along with it. can you honestly say your usage hasn't increased in the last three years
2012-Aug-2 1:21 pm: ·
Rob_ Premium join:2008-07-16 Mary Esther, FL kudos:1
Re: total moeny grab
We really need to email or call congress to make this 100 percent illegal. Caps are bullshit but people just don't care.