Comcast expanding internet usage caps to more areas

Now that cord-cutting is taking off, thanks to web services like Sling TV and Hulu Plus, Comcast won't let that dictate how much money it's going to make going forward. The company, which runs cable and internet operations across the US (among other things), recently started testing bandwidth caps on Xfinity customers in Atlanta, Miami and Nashville. These internet users have a 300GB monthly limit and, if they go over it, there's an overage fee of $10 for every 50 gigabytes. Now, despite customer backlash, Comcast is expanding the plan to more places, including Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Houma, LaPlace and Shreveport, Louisiana; Chattanooga, Greenville, Johnson City/Gray, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Galax, Virginia.

Subscribers in those areas will have to deal with the caps starting on December 1st, or pay the extra $35 fee per month for unlimited access, a "feature" Comcast started trying recently. As DSLReports points out, however, Comcast sent a notice letter to Xfinity Internet subscribers telling them that the average monthly usage is 40 GB of data, so they shouldn't be worried about the new add-ons. It's also worth noting the network has a cord-cutting service of its own, Stream, which it launched earlier this year. In other words, it's not personal -- it's strictly business.

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