The decision by Comcast--the nation's second largest broadband-service provider (after AT&T)--to set an official limit on the amount of data that residential subscribers can download and upload each month could affect students who learn from home or live off campus, ed-tech observers say.

On Oct. 1, cable giant Comcast Corp. will update its user agreement to say that users will be allowed to transfer a maximum of 250 gigabytes of data per month, the company announced on its web site Aug. 28.

The move furthers what is a growing trend in bandwidth-management practices by cable internet providers: metering or capping monthly usage so


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