Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break

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Comcast is scheduled to reinstate its home-Internet data cap tomorrow, July 1, after more than three months in which customers were provided unlimited data to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, by contrast, announced today that it is “continuing to waive home-Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet customers through September 30.”

Comcast and AT&T suspended their data caps and overage fees in mid-March, initially promising two months of unlimited data. The companies later extended that pledge to June 30, but Comcast hasn’t granted any further extensions. We contacted Comcast yesterday but didn’t receive answers to questions about its data cap, and Comcast’s website still says the data-cap waiver only goes through June 30. While Comcast didn’t answer the data-cap questions, a spokesperson pointed out that the cable company extended other pandemic offers for college students and people with low incomes beyond June 30, and it is keeping its Wi-Fi hotspots open to the public for free for the rest of 2020.

Many US states are taking steps toward reopening their economies, which might reduce the usage of home-broadband networks. But the pandemic is far from over, as the CDC reported over 40,000 new daily cases in the United States each day from June 25 to June 28, including the highest-ever daily count of 44,703 on June 27.

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