Newsletters
Business News for Technology Decision-Makers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Business Briefing Mobile Industry News Small Business Tech Trends More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Business Briefing
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Comcast Suspends Xfinity Broadband Data Cap
Comcast Suspends Xfinity Broadband Data Cap

By Mark Long
May 18, 2012 2:07PM

Bookmark and Share
Comcast's new Xfinity trials are expected to offer usage allowances that incrementally increase an Xfinity user's allotment for each tier of high-speed data service. The new Xfinity base plans in trial markets will start at 300 GB of data usage per month -- with higher tiers in 50 GB blocks costing an additional $10 per block, Comcast said.
 

Related Topics

Comcast
Xfinity
Data Cap



Comcast has suspended its 250 GB monthly data usage threshold for its Xfinity broadband customers and plans to begin trials of new multi-tiered Xfinity data service featuring a minimum data allotment of 300 GB per month in selected U.S. markets.

The nation's largest broadband service provider said the change is being driven primarily by a dramatic rise in demand for data-intensive content such as high-definition video streaming.

Comcast said it was immediately ceasing enforcement measures associated with the Xfinity service provider's current 250 GB data usage cap. In other words, excessive data users no longer face having their accounts suspended if they repeatedly exceed their monthly data caps -- at least with respect to the duration of Comcast's coming multi-tier trials.

"We've never had any intention to limit the lawful use of the Internet or restrict our customers' ability to view online video," said Comcast Executive Vice President Cathy Avgiris in a blog post Thursday.

"The purpose of the usage threshold was simply to ensure that all of our customers were treated fairly and had a consistent and superior experience while using our high-speed data service," Avgiris said.

Piloting Two Approaches

Comcast said it was still determining trial locations and expected to share more details soon.

"We'll be piloting at least two approaches in different markets, and we'll provide additional details on these trials as they launch," Avgiris said.

The new trials are expected to offer usage allowances that incrementally increase the user's allotment for each tier of high-speed data service. The new base plans in trial markets will start at 300 GB of data usage per month -- with higher tiers in 50 GB blocks costing an additional $10 per block.

Offing more flexible data usage management approaches will "ensure that all of our customers enjoy the best possible Internet experience over our high-speed data service," Avgiris said.

Comcast said its 250 GB cap was only affecting a small number of customers.

"While we've given a monthly 250 GB cap to our Xfinity Internet customers, their median monthly data usage is currently only 8 to 10 GB per month -- or 4 percent of the cap," Comcast said in an online customer advisory.

Comcast plans to continue contacting the relatively few data users who exceed their monthly caps. However, the service provider said its principal aim going forward will be to help subscribers determine whether their excessive usage is being caused by a PC malware infection or some other type of security breach.

Skype on Xfinity

Comcast also announced Wednesday that Xfinity Triple Play subscribers in Atlanta, Augusta, Boston Chicago, Detroit, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Miami, Pittsburgh and Seattle can now subscribe to Skype on Xfinity for $9.95 per month. The new widescreen HD video calling service -- which enables subscribers to initiate and receive HD video calls as well as send and receive instant messages via Skype on their TVs – will also roll out in additional U.S. markets this summer.

"Through our close collaboration with Skype, we focused on delivering a new product that brings family and friends together through a high-quality video calling experience like never before," said Comcast Cable CTO Tony Werner.

Skype on Xfinity hardware requirements include an HDMI-capable Comcast cable set-top box and an all-in-one kit that includes an adapter box, video camera and a specially designed remote control. Xfinity Triple Play subscribers will also need to set up a Skype account.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Barium Ferrite Is The Future Of Tape: Barium Ferrite (BaFe) offers greater capacity, superior performance, and longer archival life compared to legacy metal particle (MP) tape. Click here to learn more.


 Business Briefing
1.   Otherworldly Ambitions of Elon Musk
2.   Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
3.   Google Earnings, Sales Disappoint
4.   Profit and Revenue Slip for IBM
5.   Zynga Launches Mobile FarmVille


advertisement
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Otherworldly Ambitions of Elon Musk
Has sights set on celestial prize: Mars.
Average Rating:
Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
Judge not fooled by Apple's tricks.
Average Rating:


advertisement


 Random Bytes
Salesforce To Dominate S.F. Skyline Alibaba Earnings Boost Yahoo
Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz Yahoo COO Gets $58M Parting Gift
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Business
Home/Top News | Business Briefing | Mobile Industry News | Small Business | Tech Trends | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Innovation
E-Commerce | CIO Issues | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.