Comcast will still reportedly have a data cap on home internet in several states, including Massachusetts, but not until next year.
Due to the pandemic and after many complaints from citizens and politicians alike, Comcast has issued a statement that they will be postponing instituting the cap.
“We thank our customers for trusting in Xfinity, as our services have never been more important for our customers so they can work, learn, and enjoy entertainment from the safety of their home.”
“With that in mind, we are delaying implementation of our new data plan in our Northeast markets until 2022. We recognize that our data plan was new for our customers in the Northeast, and while only a very small percentage of customers need additional data, we are providing them with more time to become familiar with the new plan.”
According to Comcast’s website, once instituted, customers not on an unlimited data plan who exceed 1.2 TB in a month, would have a one-time courtesy month credit under the plan applied to their accounts, and will be responsible for any data overage changes after that. Blocks of 50 GB would automatically be added to customers’ accounts for an additional fee of $10 each plus tax. Charges would not exceed $100 each month, no matter how much data a customer uses. States that are to be eventually included in the change are CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, parts of NC, NY, parts of OH, PA, VA, VT, WV, and the District of Columbia.
Comcast states that currently, only about 5% of customers use 1.2 terabytes a month.
The charges for the data cap was initially scheduled to take place in March of 2021 and was then moved to August before announcing yesterday that it would be pushed back until 2022.