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

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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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