Last month Comcast announced that they plan to place a monthly cap on users’ Internet data usage, then charge their customers an extra fee if they exceed it. They also announced that the data cap will be rolled out across the country over time.
Well, the company has just released a list of the unlucky regions that will be subjected to the cap first, and here it is:
- Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama
- Tucson, Arizona
- Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah, Georgia
- Central Kentucky
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee
- Maine (the entire state)
With the exception of Tuscon and Maine, they appear to be concentrating on the south for now. I’m guessing they’ll monitor customer feedback concerning the data cap, then decide in a couple of months or so whether the cap will help or hurt the bottom line in the long run.
If it helps the bottom line they’ll likely roll it out to the rest of the country as soon as possible. If it hurts (due to too many customers switching to other providers) they could just drop the plan altogether.
By the way, the data cap has been set at 300GB per month. Any customer who exceeds that amount will be charged an extra $10 for each addition 50GB of data used.