Comcast ditches flat 250GB bandwidth cap for tiered service approach

By , Network World |  Networking, Comcast

ISPs have been experimenting with implementing bandwidth caps since 2008, when Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T, all announced they were trialing new capped services. Implementing data caps effectively has proven to be a challenge for ISPs, however, as Time-Warner Cable eventually decided to shut down a trial program that put bandwidth caps on its cable Internet services due to customer complaints about the potential for paying overage charges. AT&T last year finally implemented data caps on its wireline services by offering a 150GB cap for its DSL customers and a 250GB cap for its U-Verse customers. Verizon this week said it will soon make even "grandfathered" subscribers to move from $30 per month unlimited data plans to tiered plans when they upgrade to 4G LTE phones. 

Brad Reed covers both Google and the wireless industry for Network World. Be sure to check out his blog, Google Reed-er, and follow him on Twitter at @bwreednww.

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