Comcast testing $30-a-month unlimited data option

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is testing in select Florida markets a new broadband billing plan that enables customers to use all the data they want for an extra $30 a month.

Comcast is currently testing usage-based broadband pricing in Atlanta, Miami, Maine and Nashville in which customers pay $10 a month for each 50 GB increment in which they exceed their 300 GB monthly data cap.

An updated Comcast FAQ, first spotted by DSL Reports, reveals that Comcast Internet users in Fort Lauderdale, the Keys and Miami can also choose a $30 flat rate to have no data limitation at all. That trial will begin Oct. 1

"The Unlimited Data Option costs the current additional fee of $30 per calendar month, regardless of actual data usage," Comcast said in its FAQ. "Note that customers enrolled in the Unlimited Data Option who use less than 300 GB in a given month will still be charged $30 for that month," the FAQ informs.

Comcast is also testing a range of other pricing schemes. For example, its Flexible-Data Option -- targeted at light Internet users -- bills customers $1 a month for each gigabyte they use that goes over their 5 GB-per-month allotment. However, customers who do not exceed the 5 GB threshold are given a $5 credit for the month. 

In 2012, Comcast abandoned a usage-based pricing policy introduced in 2008 and built around an unpopular 250 GB cap. The MSO has been experimenting with different usage-based pricing models since that time in an effort to find one that works.

For more:
- read this Comcast FAQ
- read this DSL Reports story

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