Comcast To Start Limiting Your Internet Use Oct. 1.

If you are unlucky enough to have Comcast internet at home, watch out – starting Oct 1, they are going to limit how much of the service you can use. So if you enjoy downloading movies or music, or you work from home all day like I do (up and downloading files all day via FTP), you will now be limited in how much data you can move around. Sure, 250 GB might seem like enough, but it wouldn’t be for me and my clients:

Customers who top 250 GB in a month twice in a six-month timeframe could have service terminated for a year.

Time to find another provider if Comcast is yours…

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  1. NCN says:

    This is the silliest thing ever… So, to PUNISH their customers, they are going to deny them service? Doesn’t that hurt COMCAST? silly..

  2. david says:

    And thus why people need a different company to provide service.

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  4. A.B. says:

    It is my understanding that this has been their policy all along, but they are only now publicizing it. In reality, nothing should be changing.

  5. Big Wizz says:

    I don’t get why people are getting so bent out of shape about this. You are purchasing a SERVICE from Comcast, whom has the right to change the T & C’s of that service, with proper notification.

    And really, 250GBs of data? Even if you are FTP stuff, its DATA, most likely not audio/video. So unless you’re downloading commercial sized files, you are still getting what you paid for.

  6. David says:

    1/2 of my job is editing video, so for people like me it would be an issue.

  7. JoeTaxpayer says:

    I understand those who have data intensive jobs may have a real need. For most people 250GB is 5x what they use on average. 8GB per day is 16 hrs of MP4 video. 13 uncompressed CDs .
    I don’t know the load gaming needs, can’t be that much.

  8. tiffanie says:

    that’s horrible! sounds like a great way to push their customers away!

  9. shadox says:

    Here’s the thing. I am of two minds about this. On the one hand, this seems like a throwback to the days of dial-up internet service… pay by the hour anyone? On the other hand, in my work I interact a lot of ISPs and I undertsand their business model very well. High intensity users like that can really throw a company’s business model out the window. They are in business to make money afterall…

    The probelm I think is their response / solution. I think that the proper answer should be to throttle back the speed of the heaviest users during peak hours, but allow them free rein during off-peak times when there is plenty of excess network capacity.

    Unfortunately, 1. folks at Comcast don’t seem to be particularly bright that way; 2. there are many other ISPs that will follow in their footsteps, and I know this for a fact…

  10. David says:

    Shadox, I think you are on to something there, and I think that would be a much better plan…

  11. JoeTaxpayer says:

    shadox’ idea could work for iTune-type services. You’d set a timer to start in the off hours. And Comcast would turn off the meters from say, 11PM-6AM.
    OTOH, this doesn’t help David, who has a legitimate need during working hours.

    My gut says Comcast is assuming that most of the bandwidth hogs (the top .1%) are downloading illegal items.


  12. David says:

    Luckily, I chose a Qwest DSL line instead of Comcast cable internet when we moved here, so glad I did now!

  13. Vinessa says:

    This is the main reason I’m sticking with DSL for now. It may not be as fast as cable internet, but to my knowledge there are no plans to cap DSL usage. I’m sure I’ve never come close to 250 GB in a month, but I doubt this will be the last restriction introduced by the cable companies.

  14. SavingDiva says:

    I can’t say for sure that I would ever use 250 GB/month, but I’m happy to report that I don’t have to worry about it now that I have Comcast!

    In my old area, if I didn’t have Comcast internet then I would have to have dial-up…UGH!

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  16. debtdieter says:

    This really isn’t that big a deal, we’ve always had data caps here in Australia and our limits don’t even come close to 250GB (well there is one ISP offering 250GB, but most of the data is only available off peak). I think you would be surprised at how much data the average consumer uses, it’s nothing near that amount. This is simply to reign in the hard core peer-to-peer abusers.

    In your case, can you check your monthly usage online somewhere, or does it appear on your bill? Due to the nature of your business, do they have a small business plan you could switch to that would have the data you need each month if it exceeds 250GB?

  17. david says:

    I dont have Comcast, thankfully. But I know I move close to that each and every month as I send and download videos (some even HD) for my clients.

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