Web sites covering broadband Internet issues lit up yesterday with news that Comcast, the nation's largest cable broadband Internet provider, was set to announce a change to their customers' acceptable use policy setting a monthly download cap of 250 GB. There had been quite a bit of buzz about the cap issue leading up to this announcement, and it's interesting to see how the actual announcement differed from the speculation.
According to Comcast, the company has long had an internal policy of contacting users downloading more than 250 GB per month and offering to upgrade them to a commercial tier to accommodate their broadband needs. Less than 1 percent of Comcast's residential users exceed this monthly cap, with the average Comcast customer's monthly download being between 2 and 3 GB. Yesterday's announcement will be sent to customers in their monthly bills, notifying them of the cap policy.