Comcast's Fast New Service Comes with a Catch
Evidence that two goods don't necessarily overcome a bad:
Good: Comcast just announced the ultrafast, ultra-broadband "Extreme 105" 105 Mbit/sec Internet service it's been promising.
Good: Introductory prices start at $105 per month, when bundled with other services; the price was supposed to be closer to $200 per month.
Bad: It put a data cap on the service of 250 Gbit per month -- about five hours worth of full-bandwidth use.
Extreme 105 sounds like a great deal at $105, but that price only counts if you get it as part of a Triple Play bundle with Comcast's phone and TV services. The $105 is also a promotional price that may go up later.
There's no guarantee you'll be able to take full advantage of all that bandwidth, either. Comcast is among the most enthusiastic bandwidth-throttlers among the major ISPs. It is especially inimical toward streaming video from Netflix which, coincidentally, I'm sure, competes with Comcast's own paid on-demand video and TV services.
You'll have to buy a new cable modem, for somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 with installation.
Sounds like the kind of deal the term "buyer's remorse" was invented for.
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