Comcast has been trying pretty hard to get a hold of its bandwidth threshold along with their feuds with those related to users who choke the service with excessive use, affecting others. The latest development has come up in relation to providing a set monthly data usage per month for users.
Why is this important? The major reason would be to analyze exactly what amount of data can be termed excessive. According to news at Comcast; the new user plan, termed AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) is set to be amended on 1st October.
According to this Comcast would establish a specific data usage per month to 250 GB. According to the release at Network Management Policy:
As stated above the new monthly data usage threshold will officially take effect starting October 1st. We are notifying customers in a number of ways. For example, we have posted a preview of the amended AUP as a PDF on this page. We are also running banner notices on our Comcast.net home page and on our Security Channel Web page to alert customers about this upcoming change. In addition, we have provided a number of FAQs that are available at http://help.comcast.net/content/faq/Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Excessive-Use. Finally, we will also notify our customers directly by including an insert (also called a bill stuffer) in an upcoming monthly billing statement.
Karl Bode had also mentioned in his post about the latest development saying that users who get mote than four DMCA letters in a year will face suspension of their accounts. And he quoted a source saying:
The intent appears to be to go after the people who consistently download far more than the typical user without hurting those who may have a really big month infrequently.
Now that shouldn’t make one feel being deprived off a lot of data usage for the website mentions what can be done with this 250 GB limit:
Send 50 million emails (at 0.05 KB/email)
Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)