One of the most hated policies in cable industry is expanding this week as Comcast has informed customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that they will soon be part of the carrier’s “Terabyte Internet Experience.” In other words, they’re all going to be subject to data caps next month.
Karl Bode of DSLReports says that Comcast customers in Chicago received notices this week informing them that their data usage would be capped at 1 terabyte starting on August 1st. Once the caps are in place, they’ll be forced to pay $10 for every 50GB they go over. Alternatively, they can pay an extra $50 a month for the same unlimited broadband they were getting for free until now.
“If you do exceed a terabyte of usage, we’re offering you two courtesy months, so you will not be billed the first two times you exceed a terabyte while you are getting comfortable with the new data usage plan,” the notice explains. “If you have any questions about the new data usage plan, please see our FAQs.”
If you’re a Comcast customer living in one of the newly affected areas, it’s hard to find a silver lining here. The only one worth mentioning is that the data cap was raised from a paltry 300GB to 1TB last month. Of course, the cost of disabling the cap also spiked, so it really all comes out in the wash.
Comcast really knows how to make people angry.