Comcast, the largest US fixed line Internet provider has put a price on unlimited data and its only $30! Comcast’s fixed broadband offerings currently costs between $34.99 and $54.99 depending on speed. They have been talking for a while now about implementing a usage-based billing model across the nationwide, over the next few years.
Comcast, through its Xfinity’s Internet, began testing usage-based billing in a handful of cities in 2012. But beginning October 1, customers in three of those areas — Fort Lauderdale, the Keys and Miami — will be able to opt for a flat-rate plan instead of facing overage charges. The Florida customers that will soon get the unlimited data option are currently charged if they exceed 300GB in one month — $10 for every 50GB.
Comcast said a survey showed 60 percent of the Florida customers were interested in paying a bigger flat rate for unlimited data, though only about 8 percent use more than 300GB.
Just last month it was reported (here) that Comcast data caps are a cash grab and not an engineering necessity as generally claimed. This is based on a remark that a Comcast engineer let slip.
The data cap also put Comcast and the FCC on a collision course, once again. It was reported here (StopTheCap) earlier this year that the FCC would get serious about data caps if they were rolled-out nationwide. Interesting to see what the FCC reaction will be to $30 unlimited data, essentially a $30 data cap waiver. Will this sit well with the folks at Stop the Cap? It is effectively stopping the cap, just need to pay a little more.
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