Comcast customers who use a lot of bandwidth will need to start keeping an eye on their data usage.
Starting November 1, Comcast is rolling out a one terabyte data cap in 18 new markets, including the Grand Rapids area. This applies to all home customers, regardless of the speed of your plan.
Customers who go over the data limit will be charged $10 per 50 gigabyte data block (up to $200). Comcast is also offering an unlimited data plan for an additional $50 per month.
Comcast says it will offer "two courtesy months, so customers will not be charged the first two times they exceed one terabyte while they are getting comfortable with the new plan."
You will be able to track data usage online and sign up for notifications.
Comcast claims 99-percent of customers use less than 1 TB per month, but it could be an issue for fans of online gaming or 4K streaming.
The data cap is already active in parts of 16 states. On November 1, Comcast will add 18 new markets including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Texas (Houston), parts of Florida, southeastern Georgia, parts of Michigan and Western Ohio. You can find a full list of markets here.
Here's what Comcast says you could do with a terabyte of data in a month:
- Stream between 600 and 700 hours of HD video
- Play online games for more than 12,000 hours
- Stream more than 15,000 hours of music
- Upload or download more than 60,000 hi-res photos
You can learn more about the Comcast changes on its FAQ page.