Data caps will soon be coming to more Comcast customers in an ever increasing number of cities.
Comcast has begun testing new tiers of data caps, which start at 300 GB a month and go up to unlimited, depending on the plan.
Customers are charged $10 for every extra 50 GB they use over their plans data cap.
Comcast also offers a “Flexible Data Plan” in certain regions. For that plan customers receive a whopping $5 credit if they use less than 5 GB of data per month. If they use more data they are charged an insanely high $1 per gigabit.
Comcast this week added Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Galax, Virginia, among other cities, to its data cap list.
Comcast technically has a 250 GB cap for all customers, but it stopped enforcing it in 2012 to implement the new data cap trials.
In all fairness to Comcast, 300GB is enough data for most customers. That’s enough data to stream 117 full HD movies, download 5,500 songs or engage in 86,000 minutes of FaceTime calls.
So why the caps? Internet usage at home is growing rapidly now that family members can connect to the web with their phones, tablets, TVs, computers, and even their home appliances.
The median Comcast customer only uses 40GB of data per month, while 8% of customers use more than 300 GB of data each month.
To support an increasing am0unt of customer delivered data Comcast has been spending millions of dollars on infrastructure improvements.
Only about 12% of Comcast customers are subject to the data caps, according to Craig Moffett, analyst at Moffett Nathanson.