Comcast Xfinity expanding data cap. Is your internet provider next?

Rob Pegoraro, Special to USA TODAY
Published 6:58 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020 | Updated 7:00 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020


If you’re a Comcast customer, the internet may soon feel less wide-open.

On Tuesday, the nation’s largest internet provider announced that, starting Jan. 1, it would extend its 1.2 terabyte data cap to previously-exempt service areas – meaning once you hit that limit, you’ll have to pay more to use more. 

After a three-month grace period, this move will leave residential subscribers in 14 states from West Virginia to Maine, plus the District of Columbia, facing surcharges of up to $100 for exceeding that limit.

“We’re aligning our Northeast markets with the data plan that the rest of the country has had for several years, and 95 percent of our customers are not impacted by it even with the increased usage during the pandemic,” spokesman Joel Shadle said

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General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the US government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles in the United States. GM says it will not fight the decision, even though it believes the vehicles are safe. It will cost the company an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income so far this year. The automaker had petitioned the agency four times since 2016 to avoid recalls, contending the air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday denied the petitions, saying the inflators still run the risk of exploding. Exploding Takata inflators caused the largest series

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