Broadband plans usually comes unlimited but that is not true in the United States. Things are changing right now as news is out that Comcast, one of the operators has decided to increase the data cap to 1000 GigaByte or 1 TeraByte from 300GB, a 3 fold increase.
This is definitely a welcome move for movie streaming clients that uses Netflix or watch overseas live broadcasts on the net. Comcast had been testing a 300 gigabyte monthly data cap. That’s equivalent to about 100 hours of HD movies on Netflix.
According to Comcast, that 1 terabyte would let customers stream about 700 hours of video and download 60,000 high-resolution photos each month. Meanwhile, 16 people could simultaneously play online video games every hour the entire month long.
Customers who require unlimited bandwidth will have to top up an extra $30 or $35 for unlimited data in the past will now have to pay $50 on top of their regular bill.
The new data cap and unlimited data price will take effect on June 1.
Currently, Cablevision (CVC), Bright House and Verizon (VZ, Tech30) FiOS also don’t have data caps. Cox and AT&T (T, Tech30) U-Verse do have caps that are similar to Comcast. Both of those companies have caps that begin at 150 GB. Smaller providers, like MediaCom and Suddenlink, also have caps. Will they switch to capping the bandwidth to generate more revenue in the future ? Discuss.