CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – When the Internet first became popular, it seemed limitless. 22News found out that might not be true for much longer.
Comcast is looking at a way to limit Internet usage, and charge people if they go over that amount. Comcast could soon merge with Time Warner Cable, which would combine the two largest cable providers in the country, reducing the competition.
The company predicts in five years, customers will be charged based on their Internet usage. The company is looking at setting a limit of usage between 350 and 500 gigabytes a month. That would allow a user to download or stream up to 125 HD movies.
“It’s just going to be one more thing for people to worry about. I think it’s just a power grab, a cash grab. There’s no competition anymore and I think it’s just going to be a problem for regular people,” said Alexander Blaustim of Williamsburg.
Some Comcast customers are already charged ten dollars for every 50 gigabytes they use over 300 gigabytes of data. Comcast’s CEO said he predicts the nationwide policy won’t affect the majority of the customers.