A Message From The Year 2026 About The Future Of Your TV

(Great Beyond)

Thirty years ago, in 1996, you actually used your TV to watch broadcast or cable signals — live, as things aired. Twenty years ago, in 2006, you probably still had cable, but you probably also had a DVR, freeing you to watch programming at your leisure (much to the chagrin of advertisers). Ten years ago, in 2016, you may or may not have decided to cut the coaxial cord — but even if you had cable, odds were high you complemented it with some kind of streaming service. But by today, Jan. 4, 2026, if you even remember what “cable” was, that’s probably because you only see it at your grandparents’ house. [More]

If Comcast Is Going To Enforce Data Caps, It Has To Provide More Accurate Info To Customers

If Comcast Is Going To Enforce Data Caps, It Has To Provide More Accurate Info To Customers

Another day, another story calling into question the validity of the data caps that Comcast has brought to a number of new markets in recent months. [More]

Comcast Customer’s Data Cap Meter Counts Gigabytes He Couldn’t Possibly Use

Comcast Customer’s Data Cap Meter Counts Gigabytes He Couldn’t Possibly Use

In just the few months since Comcast began expanding its cash-grab data cap program, which hits customers with overage charges for exceeding an arbitrary allotment of 300 gigabytes each month, thousands of customers have already complained to federal regulators. Some claim that the Comcast-supplied online “meter” intended to help keep track of users’ data simply doesn’t work. One customer, after being told that he was repeatedly going over the monthly limit, has shown just how broken Comcast’s system really is. [More]

More Than 13,000 Comcast Customers Have Complained To FCC About Data Caps

More Than 13,000 Comcast Customers Have Complained To FCC About Data Caps

For the last few years, Comcast has been testing out data caps in a small number of markets, charging customers for exceeding their monthly allotment of 300GB (or offering them the chance to pay even more money for “Unlimited” access). More recently, the nation’s biggest cable company began expanding the number of data cap markets, and a new report shows that these new limitations have not gone over well with Comcast customers. [More]

Comcast CEO On Expanding Data Caps: “The More You Use, The More You Pay”

Comcast CEO On Expanding Data Caps: “The More You Use, The More You Pay”

Comcast may be a provider of TV and internet services, but at its heart it’s in the exact same business as literally every business: making profit. Bringing in more money without spending more money is the tried-and-true way of making profit, so that’s exactly what Comcast wants to do. And their planned way of doing it involves charging consumers more for the internet they already use, and then adding some more on top of that, too. [More]

FCC Chair: Video Streaming That Doesn’t Count Against Your Data Caps Is “Innovative” And “Highly Competitive”

FCC Chair: Video Streaming That Doesn’t Count Against Your Data Caps Is “Innovative” And “Highly Competitive”

The FCC’s Open Internet Rule — net neutrality — has been in effect for months now, but that doesn’t mean every question about the ins and outs of who can do what with their network is settled. Far from it, in fact. Some questions, like zero rating, have been hanging out there unresolved all this time. Except now they’re a bit more resolved, and it seems to be totally okay for the time being. [More]

T-Mobile Unveils Free Video Streaming For Two Dozen Services, Doubles Data Plans

T-Mobile Unveils Free Video Streaming For Two Dozen Services, Doubles Data Plans

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today, at the company’s tenth “Uncarrier” announcement event, confirmed earlier reports that the big pink phone carrier will shortly stop charging streaming video against customers’ data plans. [More]

Comcast: Data Caps Will Save You Money, Except You Won’t Actually Pay Less

Comcast: Data Caps Will Save You Money, Except You Won’t Actually Pay Less

Now that Comcast isn’t trying to acquire anyone and doesn’t have to kiss regulatory/legislative derriere to make a merger happen, the company is expanding its push on using data caps and overage fees. Last week, leaked internal documents showed that these limits have nothing to do with network congestion, but that Comcast employees were to explain the caps as being in the name of “fairness.” Even though that sounds like a risible claim to anyone familiar with Comcast, the company is really sticking with it. [More]

Leaked Comcast Doc Admits: Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion

Leaked Comcast Doc Admits: Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion

For years, as Comcast and others have rolled out data caps on home broadband usage, we’ve shown evidence that these artificial limitations on data are all about squeezing money out of consumers, and have nothing to do with congestion. Now, with Comcast prepping to make its first large-scale push of its “data thresholds,” we’re seeing how the company is telling its employees to spin the discussion. [More]

Comcast’s Holiday Gift To Subscribers: Data Caps Coming To More Users December 1

Comcast’s Holiday Gift To Subscribers: Data Caps Coming To More Users December 1

Did you feel like paying more to Comcast next month to keep using the amount of data you’ve been using for years already? No? Well, if you’re in one of several markets in the southeast, tough cookies: Comcast’s data caps, and their fees, are coming to a cable modem near you this December. [More]

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Atlanta Comcast Customers Can Pay $35 Fee To Avoid Data Cap Overage Fees

In markets where Comcast is testing its “data thresholds” (read: hard data caps), it’s also been trying out a so-called “Unlimited” offering where customers pay even more money to avoid paying more money. In Florida, where Unlimited first launched, Comcast priced that program at $30, but the good people of Atlanta will have to pay even more to avoid paying more. [More]

Don’t Want To Go Over Comcast’s Data Cap? That’ll Be Another $30

Don’t Want To Go Over Comcast’s Data Cap? That’ll Be Another $30

Comcast has been testing data caps — they adorably call them “data thresholds” — in a number of markets around the country since 2013. In those markets, if customers cross the threshold, they can be hit with overage fees. But if you live in the Miami area and want “unlimited” data, you can get it — for an additional $30. [More]

Charter Promises TWC, Bright House Merger Will Not Include Data Caps… For A Few Years, Anyway

Charter Promises TWC, Bright House Merger Will Not Include Data Caps… For A Few Years, Anyway

Nobody likes home data caps. And nobody really likes their cable companies. So how can Charter and TWC look like good guys and maybe gain a little favor while planning out their merger? By promising to skip the data caps once they’re joined. At least, for a while. [More]

AT&T Wants To Be Able To Charge Video Streaming Services For Exemption From Customers’ Data Caps

AT&T Wants To Be Able To Charge Video Streaming Services For Exemption From Customers’ Data Caps

Data caps on home broadband stink, but they’re also a reality for millions of internet users (and probably soon for all of us). And as the FCC’s new open internet rules go into effect in the coming days to protect net neutrality, they’re also becoming one of the main ways in which ISPs can soak up extra cash from consumers and businesses alike. [More]

Does Net Neutrality Give The FCC Authority To Overturn Data Caps?

Does Net Neutrality Give The FCC Authority To Overturn Data Caps?

While some cable companies, like Comcast and Cox, continue to run regional tests of data caps for their broadband services, at least one major industry analyst is egging the industry to establish harder data caps before the FCC’s new net neutrality rules go into effect in mid-June, even though the new rules don’t actually set any hard and clear guidelines about the Commission’s authority to intervene on the issue of data caps. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Report: Cleveland’s Cox Cable Customers Will Soon Be Subject To Data Caps

Cox cable customers are about to join many of the rest of us nationwide in a club that nobody particularly wants to be in: the not-so-illustrious crowd of those who have usage limits on their home broadband service, and have to cough up extra cash for any extra bits and bytes. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Report: FCC May Look Into Comcast’s Don’t-Call-Them-Data-Caps If Implemented Nationwide

For more than two years, Comcast has been testing data caps — sorry, “data thresholds” — in various markets around the country. With the possibility of this usage-based pricing model being rolled out on a nationwide basis, a new report claims that the FCC could use its new authority to scrutinize the data limitations. [More]

Verizon: You Should Love Your Mobile Data Cap Because It’s Good For You

Verizon: You Should Love Your Mobile Data Cap Because It’s Good For You

Nobody likes data caps. They’re an aspect of the mobile era that we all grudgingly accept, but everyone basically hates them. Enter Verizon Wireless! The mobile behemoth has hired an analyst to rescue us — but not, alas, by removing data caps. No, no: Verizon’s analyst is here to tell us why we should actually love them. [More]