If you are paranoid, you can pay an extra $50 per month for unlimited data, but you have to pay that every month regardless of how much you use. If you now have Comcast's Xfinity internet without a data cap, then this plan will not affect you. The "typical" customer, Comcast has said, uses just 60GB per month, but tests of the data limits led to more than 13,000 FCC complaints as of last December. If you go over, Comcast will give you two free passes.
Of course, with far more consumptive technologies emerging - such as 4K/UltraHD and virtual reality - 1 TB might not cover the usage habits of anywhere near 99 percent of customers in the near future. But with the advent of cord cutting, digital distribution, and high-bandwidth 4K video streaming - and with the continued lack of internet service provider competition in most regions of the United States - it's very hard to see its customers being happy with the change.
You may have noticed that the data cap rollout affects primarily Comcast's western and central US footprint.
Prior to the expansion, Comcast said it was enforcing data caps in 14 percent of the markets in its 39-state territory.
The cable company has been testing data limits in some markets, mostly in the Southeast, since past year. "This means that you will only be subject to overage charges if you use more than a terabyte for a third time in a 12-month period", Comcast said.
"Our data plans are based on a principle of fairness", claims Comcast. At the point, you'll be able to use more data without paying extra.
The users are allowed to go over that limit but will be dinged $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes of data. Although the cap limits your ability to use the internet service, it has been somewhat necessary as data rates increased.
AT&T, which sells Internet service under its Uverse brand, limits customers to 300GB, 600GB, or 1TB, depending on the plans they choose. For now, though, heavy Comcast users will want to keep an eye on how much data they consume.