Comcast mulling web-usage cap to discourage ‘excessive’ use

Comcast Corp., the nation’s second-largest internet service provider, is considering setting an official limit on the amount of data that subscribers can download per month and charging a fee for those who go over, the Associated Press reports. As more consumers download movies and music online, internet service providers have to grapple with how to manage their traffic so that bandwidth hogs don’t slow down the network for the lighter users among the company’s 14.1 million subscribers. For years, Comcast directly called customers who used up several times more bandwidth than the typical subscriber’s 2 gigabytes per month–for instance, by downloading hordes of movies. The big users were asked to reduce their use or have their accounts canceled. Some Comcast customers have griped that the company hasn’t been more forthcoming about the bandwidth ceiling at which they would get a call. Comcast’s shift aims to improve transparency…

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