Comcast is putting a cap on people’s home internet usage in the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, if they’re not subscribed to one of its unlimited internet plans.
The company first instituted a cap on its Xfinity service back in 2012 and gradually expanded nationwide. The Northeast was spared until now.
As of January, a 1.2 terabyte-per-month limit will go into effect on non-unlimited plans in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, Washington D.C., and parts of North Carolina and Ohio.
Verge reporter Nilay Patel noted that 1.2TB is not as much data as people think it is, especially as more people are working from home and students are engaging in remote education due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“So far in November two of us working from home have used 2.1TB of data,” he tweeted. “People with kids in remote school use tons more.”
According to Comcast, 1.2TB of data will allow people to:
- Listen to 21,600 hours of music
- Binge-watch 500 hours of TV in high definition
- Engage in online gaming for 34,000 hours
- Video chat for 3,500 hours
If you go over this limit, you will get a credit for any overage charges in January and February, the website Stop the Cap, who first spotted the change, reported.
Comcast stated that customers would also get a courtesy month the first time they exceed the data cap, so the first possible month people could be charged is in April. If they exceed the cap, those users will be charged $10 per 50GB of data up to $100.
The cap would only affect about 5% of Comcast’s customers. Most customers, it said, consume about 308GB of data a month.
Since the pandemic began, Comcast has set up free hotspots nationwide and is footing the bill for teachers and administrators who are eligible for two months. It removed the data cap in states that had it for a three-month period.
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