Verizon isn’t the only Internet service provider that thinks very little of our intelligence. Ars Technica has found that Comcast has admitted to the state regulators in New York that it levels penalties against some customers in select areas who use up more than an allotted amount of data per month… but it insists that these plans do not constitute data caps.
Per Ars, a Comcast filing with the New York Public Service Commission published this week reveals that Comcast insists that slapping customers with overage fees for consuming more than their allotted amount of data does not constitute a “data cap.” No, seriously.
“Comcast does not have ‘data caps’ today,” Comcast wrote in its filing. “Comcast announced almost two years ago that it was suspending enforcement of its prior 250GB excessive usage cap and that it would instead be trialing different pricing and packaging options to evaluate options for subscribers… some of these trials include a data usage plan that allows customers who use very little Internet each month to receive a discount on their service fee, and variations on a plan that provide customers with the ability to buy additional increments of usage if they exceed a base amount (starting at 300GB) that is included with their service.”
Did you get all that? Comcast in some areas is testing out usage-based models where customers are given a limit on how much data they use per month and are charged extra if they exceed that limit. But this does not constitute a data cap for reasons that will only make sense to us if we go on an LSD-and-mescaline-fueled bender to Vegas where we’ll hallucinate about giant bats and talking lizards… and even then we’re not quite sure we’d understand.
Read Ars‘ full report of Comcast’s ridiculous new regulatory filing by clicking the source link below.