Latest in Cap

Image credit:

Comcast has 'no plans' for internet caps despite testing them

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

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. He claims that the company has no caps whatsoever despite running trials where customers are charged extra for usage beyond a bandwidth limit -- at last check, that's still a cap.

The executive is quick to note that these trials aren't necessarily a sign of things to come. If they are, however, you may have to pay extra to get unfettered service; Cohen notes that the company is "looking at" adding unlimited plans to the trials. It's unclear just what those would entail, although the overage-based model from the trials suggests that you'd pay a premium over normal offerings. That's in sharp contrast to Comcast's acquisition target Time Warner Cable, which offers you a discount if you accept a cap. It's entirely possible that Comcast will forego usage-based pricing, particularly if it wants to please regulators worried about attempts to stifle online video, but it's obvious that the business model is at least under serious consideration.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
FCC creates two 'innovation zones' to test next-gen wireless

FCC creates two 'innovation zones' to test next-gen wireless

View
‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

View
AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

View
T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr