Comcast has expanded the list of cities where it imposes data caps, with customers in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia facing new data limits and overage charges.
DSLReports reported the expansion yesterday and reprinted an e-mail that is informing customers that they will face the data caps beginning December 1.
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"While we believe that 300GB is more than enough to meet your Internet usage needs, if for any reason you exceed the 300GB included in your plan in a month, we will automatically add blocks of 50GB to your account for an additional fee of $10 each," Comcast wrote. "We’re also implementing a three-month courtesy program. That means you will not be billed for the first three times you exceed the 300 GB included in the monthly data plan."
Customers can pay an additional $35 a month for unlimited data, the e-mail said. In other areas, Comcast has charged $30 a month extra for unlimited data.
Newly capped areas include Little Rock, Arkansas; Houma, LaPlace, and Shreveport, Louisiana; Chattanooga, Greeneville, Johnson City, and Gray, Tennessee; and Galax, Virginia.
Cities and towns in Comcast's "Data Usage Plan Trials" already included Huntsville, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; Fort Lauderdale, the Keys, and Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia; Central Kentucky; Maine; Jackson and Tupelo, Mississippi; Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee; and Charleston, South Carolina.
A few zip codes in Texas near the Louisiana border are also affected, as are some in Illinois and Indiana near the states' borders with Kentucky.
Comcast has steadily introduced caps into new areas, testing customers' responses before a potential nationwide rollout.
Local Government just needs to step in and shut these guys down.
Enough is enough.