Comcast to charge extra for heavy data users

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2011 file photo shows Comcast installation trucks in Pittsburgh. Comcast Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Comcast will begin charging extra next month for Chattanoogans who stream too many movies or otherwise use more than 300 gigabytes of data a month.

The new data cap will initially impact only about 8 percent of those who rely upon Comcast for their Internet connections in the Chattanooga area and Comcast is offering a three-month courtesy program that won't bill users extra for the first three times a user exceeds the monthly cap.

Thereafter, however, heavy data users of Comcast's Xfininity Internet data plan will be charged an extra $10 for every 50 gigabytes of data used above the monthly 300 gigabyte-allowance, Comcast spokeswoman Sara Jo Walker said today.

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