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Comcast may roll out data caps for all customers within five years

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by Athlon646464, May 15, 2014.

  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Comcast may roll out data caps for all customers within five years

    So much for Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable being good for your internet service. The cable giant's David Cohen tells investors that he expects "usage-based billing" (that is, data caps with overage fees) to reach all Comcast customers within five years....

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  2. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Hmmm... I think the whole data caps with the cable companies has less to do with capacity and more to do with limiting competion like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.
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  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Absolutely, particularly with Comcast's Streampix.

    It's going to get ugly. For a while, my parent's DSL provider, Frontier, had an acceptable use policy defining it as 5gb a month. Companies they partnered with were exempt. So if you used Carbonite for online backup, it didn't count, but Mozy did etc.
  4. carlsbad_bolt_fan

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    David Cohen is a moron. I've got TWC's top internet offering of 56mb down/6mb up. If they impose caps on that tier of service, I'll find another way to get internet service.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Pretty shrewed to charge Netflix for better access and charge customers a premium to watch it.
  6. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    Fortunately, by the end of 2017, my city will be offering 1 gigabit up/down, for $50/month, over fiber. This will be city owned and operated by our city owned electric utility. Comcast and CenturyLink (formerly QWest) fought hard against Longmont, Colorado to run its own internet service. They went as far to getting a law passed making it illegal, fro municipal run internet, unless the voters of a city approved it, ballot. It took two elections, but this was approved in 2013. In an earlier election, they spent millions to block it The city, already has in place a fiber loop, which serves the city, local school district, county offices and a few large businesses. Called it victory against corporate greed.

    It is is only recent (past two years) that Comcast and CenturyLink improved their speend. When i first move dto Longmont, all you could get dial up and it maximum speed was 11k (That is not a typo). In 2000 Qwest started to provide speedy internet 1 gigabit down/ 500k up over DSL. Comcast came later with 2 gigabit down and 1 gigabit up. So, city residents were fed up with the private model and voted for a public owned model.

    By the way, 102 years ago Longmont set up their own electric utility, because corporate greed would have been much more expensive to run electric lines from Denver to Longmont. The result? Longmont has the lowest electric rates in Colorado and some of the lowest in the country. So, yes, so called "socialism" does work. Oh yeah, in the 16 years I have lived here, I can count in minutes the time the power has gone out; nor more 3 hours total.

    So, I cannot wait for my internet service speed improve immensely, and be charged half of what Comcast charges for 10 megebit up/50 megabit down.
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Was this wise to proclaim while they are trying to get approval for a merger?
  8. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    In the words of Lou Rawls, 'Mean Dollar Green'.
  9. gov

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    Visa, Master Card

    Ford, Chevy

    Burger King, McDonalds

    DirecTV, DISH

    . . . . . . . . . .

    Why aren't there 2 completely separate internets ??
  10. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    For starters, none of your other examples are completely separate either.

    Everything is tied together, one way or another, even if totally obscure to the outside viewer.
  11. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Update: Comcast has 'no plans' for internet caps despite testing them

    Those statements that Comcast's David Cohen made about possible nationwide data caps within the next five years? He'd like you to forget them, please. As he explains in a follow-up statement, the company has "no plans to announce" such a policy. The company doesn't want to implement plans that hurt your internet experience, he says, arguing that reports took what he said "out of context." With that said, it's clear that Cohen has a narrow definition of what a data cap is....

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  12. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    OK, so they are planning unannounced data caps. :lol:
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    There's a man who has had a his integrity stapled to prevent it from getting the in the way.
  14. jerrylove56

    jerrylove56 Godfather

    Jun 14, 2008
    North Alabama
    Makes no sense. I have Comcast internet and have received a couple of emails warning me about data cap overage. The email states that our area is one of Comcast "test" areas. Specifically, customers are allowed 3-overages or 3-strikes and then Comcast will charge $10 extra for 50GB of extra data usage. Their cap ceiling is currently at 250GB. I still wonder how this ceiling was set.
  15. SeaBeagle

    SeaBeagle Legend

    May 7, 2006
    I never use near that amount.

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  16. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Actually the test markets are a 300GB cap. http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/internet/data-usage-plans-expansion/
  17. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Time flies when you're having fun!

    Apparently for many the "five years" has gone by so fast as according to this story Comcast Is Putting a Monthly Data Cap on Home Internet:

    The link in the quote does work, and that page includes the following:

    If you do a Google News search you'll find a myriad of stories and posts. If you go to your usage meter page this morning (which I have in the past and did this morning) apparently all you'll get is this:


    And none of the links related to usage worked. I think that indicates a "high interest" in the subject.
  18. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I guess I feel differently. I think its a way for the Cable Companies to get back some of the money they are losing to cord cutters. In the end the Cable Co will win. I been expecting this for some time. It will get worse before it gets better. People think cord cutting is the answer. Like the Cable Companies will not do anything to gain from it. Wake up people. The business world is about making money. To think your Cable Company would be happy to lose your business on its tv product and not want to make that money up elsewhere would be a shallow way to think about it. I look for most if not all ISP's to have data caps within 5 years.

    Internet is not a viable option for TV at least not for everyone. The more people trend in that direction the more Cable Companies will look for ways to earn money in other avenues. Truth is if you only use their internet to do what their TV service was doing for you, they are gonna want more money from you. Who wouldnt? Advantages dont stay advantages forever. Just until someone else finds a way to exploit it for their gain.
  19. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    My understanding is that companies like Comcast would be better off shifting the huge bandwidth used for cable TV to internet service. In general, the heaviest business use of internet services is during the daytime and the heaviest home use of TV is at night. If that bandwidth were shared (meaning streaming TV), infrastructure investment costs could be kept down. However, Comcast has a huge investment in the cable TV business and it owns NBCU. All the competing financial issues for this one company boggles the mind.

    I was able to get to my usage page


    We have been streaming from Netflix, Amazon, and Acorn TV so those numbers are obviously higher than last fall:


    Still, I don't see any problem with a data cap of 300 GB.
  20. Wilf

    Wilf Legend

    Oct 15, 2008
    Capping broadband has an interesting side effect. Using ad and tracking blockers on your computer's internet browser saves 20 to 40% of your surfing bandwidth. That combined with the fact that much malware is commonly introduced into PC's via ads (malvertising), and the animated ads have gotten really annoying, has caused a big uptick in the use of ad/tracking blockers.

    The reason ad/tracking blockers are so effective, is that many websites connect to 20 to 30 or more third-party servers for ad content and tracking purposes. Not only does this use bandwidth, it also increases webpage load time significantly.

    This is going to cause problems for monetizing websites and keeping them free. Obviously, capping broadband and web advertising are in direct conflict and makes for an interesting saga to follow.

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