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Comcast sets traffic limit

250 gigabyte cap
Fri Aug 29 2008, 09:08

US SERVICE PROVIDER Comcast has confirmed that it will limit subscriber traffic to a total of 250 gigabytes per month. The draconian restrictions are slated to be enforced by October 1.

An official statement claimed the company had "listened to feedback" from customers who requested a "specific threshold for data usage". According to Comcast, the new traffic limit will, "help [subscribers] understand the amount of usage that would qualify as excessive".

The service provider also noted that the bandwidth cap was set significantly higher than the median monthly usage of 2 to 3 gigabytes. To illustrate its dubious claim, Comcast reckoned that a user could download 125 standard-definition movies per month before exceeding the limit. µ

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