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Comcast to Explicity Limit Broadband Use

Starting October 1, Comcast will start capping its customers' Internet use.  The cap will be set at 250 GB which is quite high.  It's the equivalent of 124 standard definition movies.  Comcast has, in the past, blocked traffic without informing consumbers by blocking peer to peer applications like BitTorrent.  Time Warner and Comcast will look at usage billing, much like cell phone companies.

It is a bit of irony that cell phone carriers are moving to all you can eat pricing while broadband companies are moving backward to consumption based billing.  I can't help but wonder if this will move individuals toward buying broadband service from cell companies.  My Sprint Wireless access is under $50 per month and has no caps and I can take it on the road with me.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Emmy
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 10:56:25

    I read that online and thought about your earlier post on internet usage.

    Right now, everybody is capped in some way, with max downloads, fee for use, or limited bandwidth.

    I have Clearwire, which charges its monthly fee based on how much guaranteed bandwidth the customer wants. The faster the connection speed, the higher the bill.

    Sprint is capping you…on connection speed. Sprint wireless cards max out at 600kbps-1.4 mbps, and only upload at 350-500 kbps, which is a good bit lower than the 2.0 mbps cable companies offer. You’re paying less for a slower speed.

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