Xfinity Internet : Comcast Plans to Expand Broadband Data Usage Caps

Xfinity Internet : Comcast Plans to Expand Broadband Data Usage Caps

2023-01-26 06:56:09

xfinity internet 2021In places where it does not already have them in place, Comcast will enforce data-use limits on Xfinity Internet customers starting in January 2021. Starting in April 2021, if broadband subscribers reach the full monthly allotment, the nation's largest cable provider will charge up to $100, and some Comcast customers are angry about the move.

Comcast broadband clients in 14 states and Washington, D.C., that are not on an unlimited plan, are covered by the new terms. Blocks of 50 gigabytes will be automatically added for an extra charge of $10 each plus tax for all Xfinity Internet users who use more than 1.2 terabytes of data in one month. For March 2021, if they go over 1.2 TB, Comcast will give broadband customers "a one-time courtesy month credit" after which the surcharges will be charged by those who surpass the limit.

According to Comcast, “This data plan is based on a principle of fairness,” “Those who use more Internet data, pay more. And those who use fewer internet data, pay less.”

Meanwhile, in January, Comcast is expected to increase rates on television and internet plans,  increasing by $3 a month with broadband-only packages. 

The Verge has previously mentioned Comcast's attempt to extend the data limits, which has already placed the 1.2 TB limit in 27 states. According to Comcast's note, the move applies to customers of Xfinity Internet in Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of North Carolina, West Virginia and New York.

Comcast broadband users protested on social media about the looming limits on data.

About 95% of Xfinity Internet users use less than 1.2 TB of data per month and that the average monthly data consumption of their broadband users in the past six months was about one-fourth of that of their broadband users according to Comcast. The company has said in replies to angry customers on Twitter that most broadband subscribers "are not affected by this plan, even with the spike in use as customers educate and work from home during COVID-19."

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