The residents of Portland, Oregon are the first lucky Comcast
users in the
country to get the chance to try out Comcast's newly deployed (and long
expected) data usage meter. For users who have long been trying to guesstimate
how close they are to their allotted 250GB limit and the overage charges that
could result from using too much bandwidth, the meter should come as a welcome
The meter is designed to be pretty simple to use. According
to the Comcast Blog, the data is refreshed about every three hours. The median
usage for most users is somewhere around 2-4GB each month.
Portland users can access the meter by logging in to
Customer Central at http://customer.comcast.com
and clicking the Users and Settings tab. Next, click View details in the My
devices section (located toward the upper right hand of the screen) and you'll
be directed to the meter page.
Right now, the meter shows the usage in the current calendar
month. As time progresses, the meter will show the most recent three months of
use including the current month. The meter is designed to measure all data
usage over the cable modem.
Although no exact timeframe has been set, Comcast plans to
roll out the data usage meter nationally after "a short period."