Engadget's Jon Fingas on Comcast's data caps:
Leaked support documents show that [Comcast]'s customer service reps will deny that the expanding internet caps are about congestion in any form. Instead, the ceilings are about "fairness" and offering a "more flexible policy" to subscribers.
Is that what it's really about? Fairness?
These internet users have a 300GB monthly limit and, if they go over it, there's an overage fee of $10 for every 50 gigabytes.
Subscribers in those areas will have to deal with the caps starting on December 1st, or pay the extra $35 fee per month for unlimited access, a "feature" Comcast started trying recently. As DSLReports points out, however, Comcast sent a notice letter to Xfinity Internet subscribers telling them that the average monthly usage is 40 GB of data, so they shouldn't be worried about the new add-ons.
The average may be 40GB, but it won't always be that way. Comcast is setting itself in a position to profit from people that go with more cable-cutting features. And what do you get for the $35 extra monthly fee besides 'unlimited' access? Nothing.
Working from home, I routinely use 300-400GB a month, and that's without Netflix or Hulu. Thankfully, I don't have Comcast. I just hope this doesn't become standard with all internet providers.