Comcast to impose 1.2TB data cap on Northeastern US customers starting in 2021

Xfinity customers without unlimited plans that reach Comcast's new cap will pay up to $100 extra for going over.

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As we move into the new generation of more normalized 4K gaming and video, data is becoming increasingly more strained as streamed video services and gaming become all the more standard as well. Unfortunately, some companies are adding to the issue instead of easing up on it. Such is the case with Comcast’s new policy on data caps for non-unlimited Xfinity customers coming to Northeastern U.S. states coming in 2021.

Comcast recently revealed its plans to impose a new data cap on non-unlimited Xfinity customers in certain states recently, as reported by The Verge. The new policy will put a 1.2TB data cap on non-unlimited customers in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, as well as parts of North Carolina and Ohio. If customers reach the cap and go over, they will be charged an extra $10 for every 50GB following, up to $100 in extra charges. This was a policy already implemented in further states with Comcast service, now being expanded to the above territories.

Even at current, data caps are likely an issue that players looking to experience Microsoft Flight Simulator to its fullest will run into right away. It will only become more of an issue once the PS5 and Xbox Series X generations of gaming are in full swing.
Even at current, data caps are likely an issue that players looking to experience Microsoft Flight Simulator to its fullest will run into right away. It will only become more of an issue once the PS5 and Xbox Series X generations of gaming are in full swing.

A data cap from a major telecommunications company is especially concerning in 2021 as the next generation of gaming comes into play in full force. Even now, with the existence of games like Microsoft Flight Simulator, which uses real-world map data provided by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud services to provide real-time mapping of the destinations the player visits, a data cap can quickly become a problem. And with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 moving heavily into support of 4K resolution, it will only become a more widespread issue as Comcast expands its data cap policy.

Internet service providers have had a far greater opportunity to enact policies like Comcast’s since the FCC overturned Obama-era regulations that treated all internet traffic equally without preferential treatment. As such, there’s likely currently little that can be done on the part of Comcast customers without upgrading to a more premium and costly package. As we get deeper and deeper into UHD as a standard in streaming video and gaming, it’s likely an issue that will come up more and more as we cross into 2021 when these policies are enacted.

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From The Chatty
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      November 24, 2020 12:30 PM

      Glad I’m not on Comcast.

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      November 24, 2020 12:40 PM

      welcome to the LOL of monitoring traffic during a fucking pandemic. verizon and comcast don't give a FUUUUUCCKKK.

      their "generosity" has ended and that's that.

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      November 24, 2020 12:53 PM

      I know it is not a day 1 priority for Biden but replacing Pai on FCC can't happen soon enough.

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      November 24, 2020 12:54 PM

      This pisses me off. It's purely a money crab, and there have been comments from engineers saying as much. I think people might not complain as much if all of their services / customer service weren't garbage to start with.

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      November 24, 2020 6:37 PM

      They better do what they can cause when Ajit gets his ass kicked out the door, that shit is going to stop.

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      November 24, 2020 7:16 PM

      Didn't a heap of comcast subscribers already have only 1TB caps? or am I misremembering?

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        November 24, 2020 10:42 PM

        Yes. This is just most (all) of the rest

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        November 24, 2020 10:55 PM

        Pre-COVID, many West Coast states had 1TB caps, others had none.

        COVID came, Comcast let data caps slide for about 3 months, then when they came back, they changed the 1TB to 1.2 TB (but to their credit, added a simple +$10/mo to get unlimited) in those states that had it before

        This is now just extending it to all the other states that didn't have caps before.

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          November 24, 2020 11:01 PM

          thank goodness, the worst part of Covid was when the national internet crumbled under all the data use.

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          November 24, 2020 11:03 PM

          oh sorry that was the Berenstein universe

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          November 24, 2020 11:08 PM

          It's $30/mo to get unlimited. Down from $50/mo pre-COVID.

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      November 24, 2020 11:03 PM

      Wasn't someone here just saying they were on Comcast without data caps? Welcome to the club!

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      November 24, 2020 11:14 PM

      Guys if we don't cut down on our data usage, soon the demand will outstrip the resources and then we will be out of data. Used data ends up in landfills and pollutes the ground water, air, and animal life.

      Everyone in here complaining is irresponsible, selfish, and horrible for wasting as much data as you do. I recycle 99% of my data because I want to make a difference in this world, unlike the rest of you polluters. Shame.

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      November 24, 2020 11:22 PM

      Fuck Comcast.

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