(Internet) Jail Pardon

Data caps. These are one of the most annoying things about the information age – it’s a pure restriction. Very few of the excuses of why data caps exist make sense, least of all the justification that only a limited few are ever impacted by them. I say bull.

Comcast’s data caps haven’t increased substantially in almost a decade. Until a week go. It had been at 250GB, then 300GB for a very long time. Until recently in trial markets, it was a soft cap. Unfortunately, I was a trial market (read: let’s see what we can get away with), so it was a hard cap. As someone who has ditched traditional forms of TV for the most part, I still hadn’t been hitting 300GB a month regularly. Until my kids found all these Let’s Play videos on YouTube. Then, I’d be in danger of going over every month. There were a lot of months that I did, and I’d have to pay extra. I trialed paying even more for unlimited for a couple months, but the cost advantage wasn’t there.

As of June 1, though, Comcast has upped their cap to a much more reasonable 1TB a month. Let’s get serious though, they didn’t do this out of the goodness of their heart. The competition is much more real these days, with AT&T GigaPower, and much more importantly, Google Fiber. I rarely have issues with Comcast’s service, but I think they are a pretty slimy organization. As long as the service stays on point, I don’t see changing at least for now. Partly because we also get local TV included in the price. The speed and reliability are fine.

The data cap relief is relevant because I recently started subscribing to Playstation Vue. I had Sling TV for a bit, but Vue offers a much better variety of channels. I cal get this on my Playstation devices, but I can also get it on the Fire TV Stick that is out in the shop. I’m hoping at E3 we’ll see an announcement it is available on Roku devices as well. Save some wear and tear on the PS3s I primarily use it on.

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