Comcast already imposes a 1.2 TB data cap on many of its internet subscribers in the country, but starting next year, numerous northeastern US states will join in on their suffering. As spotted by The Verge, the telecommunications giant will be capping data usage for non-unlimited plans to 1,229 GB for fifteen states/regions beginning in January.
The affected states are Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Parts of North Carolina and Ohio are also included.
“In January and February, Comcast will give its Xfinity customers not on an unlimited plan a ‘credit’ for any data usage charges over 1.2TB during those months to ease them into the new limits,” The Verge noted. “Then, starting in March, non-unlimited customers who exceed 1.2TB in a month will be charged $10 per 50GB of data, for a maximum of $100.”
Comcast’s marketing materials suggest that few subscribers exceed 1.2 TB of data in a month. “Only about 5% of our customers use that much,” a blurb reads.