Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but those annoying data caps ISPs like to implement aren't going anywhere. And if you're a Comcast
subscribers, overage fees aren't taking a hike, either. In fact, the company plans to expand its trial of data overage fees in additional markets starting next month, serving as an indication that it's happy with the ways things have gone thus far.
There's some good news that goes with it. Comcast bumped up its 250GB data cap to a slightly less restricting 300GB, though at a time when everything from game installs to high definition movies come from the cloud
(Steam and Netflix, respectively, for example), users aren't likely to take a lot of solace in the extra 50GB.
"Effective September 1, 2013, we will introduce a new monthly data usage plan for XFINITY Internet Service in the following areas: Central Kentucky, Savannah, GA and Jackson, MS. This new plan will include 300 GB of data and provide additional choice and flexibility," Comcast said in a statement on its website.
If a subscriber goes over the limit, they'll receive an email and in-browser message alerting them of the overage and will be allocated another 50GB. Comcast will give customers three courtesy months for exceeding the 300GB limit in any 12-monty period, so overage fees won't take effect until the fourth time. At that point, the charge will be $10 each time an additional 50GB is issued.