Comcast Rolls Out ‘Data Usage Meter’ to Broadband Customers


Comcast Data Usage Meter

It seems everyone wants to regulate our consumption these days. You may be familiar with Smart Meters that track your energy usage on an hourly basis and snitch to the utility company when you’re active during “peak times” so they can justify charging a premium for your indiscretions. Now, broadband providers like Comcast are getting in on the action by capping its monthly usage on home plans to 250GB and dinging you monetarily if you go beyond that. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised that in the future broadband providers calculate your bill according to the type of data you consume — i.e. VoIP, video streams, BitTorrent, etc. (much different than what Net Neutrality proponents warn about, which deals with access). Of course, pushers of these types of meters will tell you it’s for your benefit and convenience so you can know how much energy/data you consume in month. Ah, thanks.

Below is an excerpt from Comcast Voices on the how the meter will work. FYI, it’s currently being tested in Portland, Oregon, but will later roll out nationwide in the coming months.

The meter is accessible by logging in to Customer Central at http://customer.comcast.com and clicking on the “Users and Settings” tab. From there, click on “View details” in the “My devices” section (located toward the upper right hand of the screen) and that will go to the meter page. As you can see from the accompanying screen shot the meter will show usage in the current calendar month when it’s first launched. Over time, it will show the most recent three months of use (including the current month). The data is refreshed approximately every three hours.

The meter measures all data usage over a cable modem. So, if a customer is using multiple computers and other devices, such as an online gaming console, “over the net” VoIP applications or devices, or additional wireless devices (such as an iPod Touch), the meter will report data usage for all of those computers and devices combined.




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2 Reactions to “Comcast Rolls Out ‘Data Usage Meter’ to Broadband Customers”


  1. carisi2k9 says:

    big whoop

    We have had this in Australia ever since broadband became available. Your lucky your getting 250gb.
    I have to pay $90 for just 25GB of data allowance for 30mbit cable. There is only 1 other cable provider in Australia and their plans are just as bad.

  2. carisi2k9 says:

    big whoop

    We have had this in Australia ever since broadband became available. Your lucky your getting 250gb.
    I have to pay $90 for just 25GB of data allowance for 30mbit cable. There is only 1 other cable provider in Australia and their plans are just as bad.