Comcast is considering imposing monthly usage limits for all of its Internet customers.

David Cohen, executive vice president of America’s largest cable company, predicted at a conference Wednesday that in five years’ time, the company will have “a usage-based billing model rolled out across its footprint.”

That means Comcast customers could only consume a certain amount of data before facing extra charges for going over their limits.

Internet should be delivered like water. Can you imagine your water utility deciding that it’s going to deliver a certain amount of water to your home, and then shut it off after an arbitrary limit, unless you pay more? What about delivering water faster or at better quality to people who pay more for it? It’s unthinkable.

Companies like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T are using publicly-funded infrastructure (in addition to whatever the companies have built themselves) and should not be allowed to act in a way that’s counter to the public interest.

  1. arcorn reblogged this from notaparagon and added:
    My housemate and myself pay $60 a month with TPG for unlimited(mind you, we got the plan on sale, it’s normally $70.)
  2. notaparagon reblogged this from o3k64 and added:
    In Australia there’s always been limits, although cable TV is kept separate from this. Currently limited to 200GB/month....
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    We’ve had this in Canada for a while, unfortunately, because our federal Conservative party likes to say one thing and...
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    I think people are conflating data quotas and net neutrality. Related, but not identical. Net neutrality as far as I...
  32. dirstel reblogged this from skandrae and added:
    That billing model is the way it works here in Australia, generally speaking. It’s not great but it’s not the worst...
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