How I Learned About My Terrible Internet Data Cap, Thanks to Video Games

A week or so ago, a notification from Comcast popped up in my browser saying that I’d almost used all my bandwidth for the month. My what? I hadn’t even considered whether or not I had a data cap; it’d never come up. Apparently, each month, between uploads and downloads, I can use a terabyte of data? Overnight, a few games quietly pulled patches on Steam and what remained of my data went “poof!” Whoops. But Comcast, benevolent Internet overlords that they are, recognized my mistake and showed corporate grace, hand-waving the overage. It’s even okay if that happens again—well, for one more month, anyway! After that, once the data cap doth spilleth over a third time, it’s $10 per 50GB.

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Ah, Comcast. Of all the shady corporations I’m forced to give money to on a regular basis, they’re uniquely capable of making my blood boil. I’ve freaked out at their poor employees, sent them short essays in their feedback surveys, and for some reason my partner even emailed Elizabeth Warren (??) about how most of their business practices should be illegal. And yet I have basically no choice but to pay them $100 a month. Capitalism, folks!


This actually became and issue for me recently and cost me something like $250 in overage charges.
Two years of no issues then a couple months of three people using a lot of data without payment ng any mind…

I get 150Gb a month, but downloads between 2am and 7am don’t count towards it.

The PS3 had a feature (for PS+ subscribers) where you could set a time for it to turn on and download any pending updates. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked well with my setup.

The PS4 lacks this feature, so if I want to download any patches (like, say, a 60Gb Destiny 2 update) I have to pause it and manually start it up again at 2am, so I can maybe play the game again the following day.

Thanks, Sony. Thanks, Canadian internet providers.


About two years ago, we bought a house. A good house. Heck, I’d cal it a home. 23 acres of land, only about 15 minutes outside a small town, and bonus, it has cable access, according to Spectrum. Until two days after we closed and i tried to get it installed, and they informed us that we were too far form the node. Two years later, I’m still on Satellite internet, becuase even though Spectrum was required to expand here in the Adirondack Park, and even though our address is listed on the build out, it still hasn’t happened. So we’re running with 25 meg internet, 150 gig cap, 700 millisecond ping times. Anything remotely like online gaming just can’t happen. I’ve gotten into the habit of bringing my PS4 and laptop to work with me to download updates and games (not the end of the world, I’m a retail electronics store manager, so these are actual services we offer), but I still accidentally hit cap about every other month. I fear with the PS5 and Scarlett next year, the digital divide is going to become even wider, and my tech life even more unwieldy.

But hey, progress, right?