Sepharo wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 10:59: Honestly it seems pretty damn reasonable. I very rarely go over 250GB and when I do it's not by a huge amount. Comcast is going to upgrade that to 300GB... The first three times I go over that there's no charge, and then when I do go over it there's only a $10 charge when I go over by 50GB.
Those are some pretty soft rules and I imagine they're doing so because existing policy would go from being very soft (non-existent) to shutting down your service for egregious and repeat offenses. This is better.
Of course the downside is the precedent itself. As we become more and more data intensive Comcast will have to raise the cap to stay reasonable and that's going to be hard for them to do when they're making more and more off of overages.
Speak for yourself. We're 12 days into July and I'm already at 177GB for the month just from the family streaming video on our Rokus.
Wha? I said the rule change was reasonable... You'd prefer to have your service shut off for going over 250GB instead of a 300GB cap and a three strikes rule that once broken results in a $10 charge for 50GB over (essentially making it a 349GB cap).
If they did decide to charge for increased caps (instead of overages) what do you think would be reasonable? You could pay an extra 5 on your bill for an extra 100GB on your cap? $5 per extra 100GB on contract or $10 per extra 50GB on overages, something like that.
Believe me I don't like caps either, I wish it was all unlimited... I wish it was free fiber for all. But this in my opinion is still an improvement over the previous policy. But like I said the issue is with keeping it reasonable as the average data usage increases.