Specifically, Comcast's plans to charge clients $10 for every additional 50GB used about 1.2TB. Beginning in April 2021, the nation's biggest cable provider will charge up to $100 if broadband users exceed the maximum monthly allotment - and some Comcast customers are upset about the change. Hence, the internet is feeling the strain of the increased use - even though, so far, it's held up relatively well.
The change will affect customers in states throughout the Northeast, including Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, according to screenshots of Comcast's website published by Stop the Cap. With the impending expansion, Comcast has now introduced the cap in every market in the USA where its services are available. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it's introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia. For that small set of customers who use more than 1.2TB of data in a month, we have a number of unlimited options for less money.
Data from The Wall Street Journal on data usage for different devices shows that people use the most data on streaming players, gaming consoles, and connected TVs each day, with streaming players clocking in at 5.4 GB, gaming consoles at 4.4 GB, and connected TVs at 3.6 GB.
"Due to the pandemic, millions of people are working from homes", actor and YouTube creator Stephen Ford tweeted. "We're using more data than ever". Comcast now wants them to pay an overage fee. Another Twitter user wrote, "Guess I'll be switching to @verizonfios good job @Xfinity you'll be losing a customer come next year smh". In the meantime, Comcast collects tons of tax breaks and authorities subsidies.
Comcast claims that "1.2TB is a massive amount of data and you can do a lot with it in one month". "Comcast should be broken up".
In accordance with Comcast, about 95% of Xfinity Web prospects devour lower than 1.2 TB of knowledge monthly and that its broadband customers' median month-to-month knowledge utilization in the previous six months was about one-fourth that (308 gigabytes). The data usage by those few customers makes up more than 20 percent of the company's overall network usage.
As Comcast has been steadily losing TV customers, its broadband business has been booming. "Stream about 500 hours of HD video a month or spend almost 3,500 hours of videoconferencing (Zoom, FaceTime, Google Duo, Houseparty, etc.), enough to video conference for almost 4 months straight", it added.
Within the third quarter of 2020, Comcast Cable misplaced 253,000 residential TV subscribers (to face at 19.2 million nationwide). On the similar time, the corporate gained a file 633,000 whole broadband prospects, together with 617,000 on the residential aspect to achieve 27.8 million on the finish of Q3.