Today, we're announcing that beginning on October 1, 2008, we will amend our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) available at http://www.comcast.net/terms/use/ and establish a specific monthly data usage threshold of 250 GB/month per account for all residential customers.
250 GB/month is an extremely large amount of data, much more than a typical residential customer uses on a monthly basis. Currently, the median monthly data usage by our residential customers is approximately 2 - 3 GB. To put 250 GB of monthly usage in perspective, a customer would have to do any one of the following:
* Send 50 million emails (at 0.05 KB/email)
* Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
* Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
* Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)
Unless you are a heavy p2p user this should not effect you. 250GB is very large amount of data. You could for example watch youtube 24/7 for 40 days before you would hit that limit. I think this a very good compromise compared to them simply cutting people off using services like p2p as was reported recently. I've advocated from the start when it was first reported that interference of a particular service should not be tolerated. This is very generous limit and should only effect the crowd that are really abusing the system hard.
Never thought I'd say it but good job Comcast.
I'm going to install bandwidth meter on my system just to see what kind of bandwidth i'm using. I know its going to be well below that limit but I'm curious to find out what it is. I'll post some results when i have them.