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AT&T and Comcast remove internet data caps due to coronavirus outbreak

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What you need to know

  • The world is gripped in a coronavirus pandemic.
  • In the United States, many events, schools, and other activities have been canceled.
  • Internet providers like Comcast are removing data caps for the time being.
  • The data caps will probably be removed when the coronavirus cases start to decrease.

Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States are notorious for having data caps, but it looks like coronavirus is changing their tune. A lot of people are staying at home or working from home, and that means that they need more internet. Instead of charging people more, AT&T and Comcast have suspended data caps for the next few months.

According to a report by IGN, Vice received a statement from AT&T that said the following.

Many of our AT&T Internet customers already have unlimited home internet access, and we are waiving internet data overage for the remaining customers.

Comcast added the following to Variety.

Our hope is that broader access and faster speeds will help all of our Internet Essentials customers more easily work from home, access educational resources, obtain important government health care alerts, and stay in contact with their families during this difficult time.

It's great to see that ISPs are responding humanely to the coronavirus outbreak. Who knows, maybe these companies will remove data caps even after the pandemic subsides, whenever that may be. Though, at this point, it seems doubtful.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • They will probably raise our bill after this.
  • Reading th IGN report, seems like Comcast is not removing the data cap like AT&T did. From the article: "Comcast is the second major ISP to confirm a change in its internet access amid the COVID-19 crisis, as reported by Variety, but it's not dropping broadband data caps. Instead, Comcast announced that it is offering free broadband to low-income households and that the company will be boosting internet speeds." Did they issue a second statement confirming they are removing the data cap?
  • Yeah, Comcast is suspending it for 60 days. Maybe more. “ Comcast is also pausing its current data plans meaning that for the next 60 days, all customers will have access to unlimited data for no additional charge.”
  • Download as much "movies" as you can. 😉
  • So its taken this pandemic to force them to do what the rest of the world did years ago!!!!!
  • No, this is only temporary. In fact, Comcast is only supplying free internet to low income families. Meanwhile, Cox is sticking in me with a possible $10 per 50GB over fee for overages.
  • Oops, guess I missed the update. So I guess Cox is one of the main ones left not helping people out.
  • I once had an AT&T unlimited plan. Then, in the middle of my contract, they started throttling when you exceeded some artificial limit. I protested, but they wouldn't let me out of the contract. I quit AT&T as soon as the contract ended. I'll never do business with them again. Very slimy company.