MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Comcast Xfinity residential customers learned that their internet plans will soon come with a cap.

In an email sent Thursday evening, the company says the new “Xfinity Internet Data Usage Plan” will go into effect starting Nov. 1, 2016.

At that time, users will be limited to one terabyte (or 1,046 GB) of data usage per month.

But Comcast says that it’s still a lot of data and more than 99 percent of its customers use in a month.

“With a terabyte of data you can stream between 600 and 700 hours of HD video, play more than 12,000 hours of online games, or download 60,000 high-res photos in a month,” Comcast said.

Comcast says it will give customers two “courtesy months” if users go over a terabyte. After that, customers will be charged $10 for an additional block of 50 GB.

For those who still want unlimited data, it will cost an additional $50 per month.

“The fee is independent of actual data usage ,” Comcast said. “The Terabyte Internet Data Usage Plan will not apply to customers who enroll in the Unlimited Data Option.”

Comments (6)
  1. Greg Laden says:

    That fee will also not apply to those who enroll in some plan other than Comcast!

  2. Dru H. says:

    “enroll in some plan other than Comcast!” Well, yes, if you’re one of the lucky few in an area that isn’t being served by them, you’re likely fine. If you’re in an area with Comcast service coverage, it’s highly likely that any other provider in the area has speeds limited to that which might have been considered good 15 years ago (or more). With the exception of the narrow strips where you can get a good fiber connection, or the (slightly wider) areas with top-notch DSL speed coverage, a cable connection is the only real viable option. Even if you are in a superb DSL location, dollar for dollar, you’re going to see that the cable option is 2x the speed or more for far less money.

    A 1TB plan really isn’t so bad, unless you do a boatload of video encoding and upload everything offsite on a constant basis. if I ripped and encoded all my DVDs and uploaded them to an offsite server for storage, I would fall a bit short of that.

    We all know most folks aren’t using their bandwidth for uploading (or there’d be more uproar about the highly imbalanced up/downstream connection ratio), so short of somebody trying to download significantly high quantities of bloated BluRay media, it’s unlikely they’re going to hit this 1TB cap with any regularity either.

    Possibly a large ‘family’ arrangement (many parties sharing one connection) doing lots of downloading (including streaming media) might run into issues, but without actual usage metrics, I can’t be certain of that. Since these caps also include any usage over the xfiniti wifi access points tied to your account (login credentials, not point of access), it’s a good reason to not share those logins with third parties, though.

  3. Ben Dare says:

    “one terabyte”

    That’s a whole lot of porn.

  4. Jacob Webster says:

    how the hell is this legal. If i could i would tell them where to shove it but they are the only one with good internet service in my area unfortunately.

  5. Bella says:

    It appears that this article failed to mention that after the 2 month courtesy period, if you go over the allotted data not only will you be charged a $10 fee for an additional block of 50GB, you will also be charged a $200 overage fee. That’s right folks, $200!

  6. Laura says:

    I assume that they will have detailed billing? If they are going to start charging fees like that, I would expect them to prove that you went over and exactly what was watched, played or downloaded, the mac address it was downloaded to,how many hours, and the exact time this data usage occured.. I think this is just a way to rip people off and if they don’t have detailed billing, it will be just your word against theirs. If think they should have to prove it. if they say it occured while you are at work or on vacation, you know they are lying. They have detailed billing to say exactly what time I downloaded a pic, or made a call or sent a call, Comcast sure as heck can provide this information.