This morning I received this kind notice from Xfinity…
Now to be fair I knew this was coming. Mainly because I got another warning on the second of this month that warned me that I was 75% through my monthly allowed data. This is all due to the fact that I switched cloud storage accounts at the beginning of the month and had to re-upload over 200GB of data. While this seems like an outlier this is a scenario that I think you will begin to become more and more aware of in the near future due to more ISP’s adding data caps.
Take this scenario for instance… You buy a new phone, tablet, or computer and because you (or your grand kids) are so tech savvy you have been backing up all of your data to the cloud… Great now all you have to do is login and let the migration begin. What you might soon notice is that there is an import tax on that data because it will likely put you much closer to the limit on your account. Of course your ISP will gladly sell you more data.
But in my case as I add items to my cloud storage and update software automatically my data cap will eventually stop me from using other services. Meaning revenue will be lost for other companies as users cancel subscription services or we will be paying for services that we barely use like netflix or spotify because the risk of going over the limit is too great.
So what to do?
First file a complaint with the FCC here. This is what I included with mine.
I would like to join the thousands that have come out against the recently added data caps by Xfinity. With technology shifting increasingly to internet based services and in light of the positive social implications that an open and accessible internet provides for learning and connection. I stand in opposition to data caps by ISP’s.
Second talk to others about the importance of an open and accessible internet.
Third begin looking for a new provider, and if you know anyone at Google Fiber, give them a call. (Or if you’re involved with your local government, give Google Fiber or others with the same mission a call. Your constituents will thank you.)
Now to put this into contrast with other countries ISPs the president.