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    Comcast Is Placing a Monthly Data Cap on Home Internet

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    Comcast will charge a fee to customers who exceed a new data cap. Naturally, customers will be able to avoid the cap by paying an additional amount for an unlimited data plan.

    As part of a trial run beginning October 1, users who exceed more than 300GB of data will be charged a $10  per 50 GB tier. Customers can pay $30 for unlimited data.

    The company’s move, comes as several Internet service providers shift to a new business model allowing them to charge consumers by the bit the way wireless providers do.

    As part of a courtesy program, users will not be billed for the first three times they exceed the 300 GB limit, according to emails sent Thursday to users affected by the trial.

    Some users also received emails indicating they are unlikely to exceed the 300 GB limit based on their prior usage.

    “To put things in perspective, 300 GB is an extremely large amount of data to use,” said spokesperson Mindy Kramer in an email to the Sun-Sentinel. “The medium data use for our customers is 40 GB per month; about 70 percent of our customers use less than 100 GB per month. … About 92 percent of our customers will see absolutely no impact on their monthly bills. Our data plan trials are part of our ongoing effort to create a fair, technologically-sound policies in which customers who use more data pay more, and customers who use less pay less.”

    Still, it’s not hard to imagine more users will move closer and closer to that limit as the Internet dishes out more high-bandwidth goods like streaming HD videos. Some users will also have to deal with downloading content they don’t want like auto-play videos on websites.

    Click here for a full listing of zip codes affected by the trial. 

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