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Background: Since suspending its previous 250 GB data cap in May, Comcast has been working on developing new data caps.
Now, Comcast has introduced a new data caps initiative in Tucson, Arizona. Effective Oct. 1, the updated plan will impose caps ranging from 300 GB to 600 GB. Users who exceed their allotted amount of data will be subject to a $10 charge for an additional 50 GB of data.
Regardless of Comcast's changes, it remains unclear why tiered data caps are needed at all. The caps discourage internet use by forcing users to pay more to access information they need.
The following can be attributed to Michael Weinberg, Vice President of the Institute for Emerging Innovation:
“While we commend Comcast for raising the caps it imposes on customers, Comcast has still avoided answering simple questions. What, exactly, is the purpose of the caps? Why are the new data caps better at achieving that goal than the previous caps? Going forward, what could cause the caps to increase again? Furthermore, why are the caps still below the 648 GB per month required to replace cable television with internet-delivered video?”
Click here for the link to the Comcast announcement.