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Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), America's largest cable internet service provider, has been experimenting with data caps in the American South in an effort to crack down on individuals it feels are using the internet too much.

In a conversation with investors this week, as noted by Ars Technica, Comcast Executive VP David Cohen revealed the plan is to extend these caps to all customers nationwide.

Comments Mr. Cohen:

I would predict that in five years Comcast at least would have a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint.

I would also predict that the vast majority of our customers would never be caught in the buying the additional buckets of usage, that we will always want to say the basic level of usage at a sufficiently high level that the vast majority of our customers are not implicated by the usage-based billing plan. And that number may be 350—that may be 350 gig a month today, it might be 500 gig a month in five years.

We don't want to chase our customers away, so we are rolling out different models, different approaches. We are surveying our customers.

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Mr Cohen you can't chase customers away when you're a legal monopoly and they have nowhere else to go.


If you're on comcast get ready.

Edited due to length of quote.
 
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Boo Hoo. It's been like that in Canada for over 10 years. Is it wrong? Yes. Is it crappy? Yes. Is there anything you can do about it? No.
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With the ever increasing rise in game file sizes that data cap will be burnt through quickly enough.

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And people still have to wonder what will happen if they succeed at getting their shills at the FCC to remove net neutrality?
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I wish they could increase the caps so they shove it where the sun doesn't shine rolleyes.gif

This is getting ridiculous, I come from a Third world country where we were stuck a 1MB/s for 50$. But you know what? I miss the fact we could do whatever we wanted with our connection! because there it was OURS TO DECIDE what we do with it.

Also, terminating client's internet access for using it too much? I wonder where we'll draw the line.
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>David Cohen
No surprises here folks
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If you don't want to chase away your customers, offer them 3 types of residential service: usage-based billing, marketed toward light users, capped service for moderate use, and uncapped for heavy use. Priced appropriately, that should generally please everyone.
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This is so stupid. If only 2% of the people go over the limit thats their problem? Also everyone is going in the Web now. 10 years ago i was the only one in the family using the Internet. Now 4 members use the Internet and there are more devices. On top of that media is increasing in size.
250GB might have been fine 4 years ago but now its not. I have not checked how much i go these days but just watching TwichTV and Youtube is got 4-5GB a day. Thats 150GB without including the rest of the family, games, movies, Netflix etc etc.
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Such Bullies.
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I think we get let off really easily over here in the UK. One company pretty much own the phone lines, the internet starts with them. But they have to open these lines to other companies to promote competition. Which leaves loads of options for ISPs. If one introduced a cap, another would just say ours is unlimited and everyone would move to them. So I don't think many companies have caps here.
Although, if you downloading 'too much' was really effecting other people, then do what the mobile internet providers do over here, which is throttling your speed during peak hours.
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