Comcast brings cell-phone-like data charges to home Internet users

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Internet service providers like Comcast have been champing at the bit to change their business model and charge consumers by the bit the way wireless providers do. Comcast’s initial allowance seems generous — some notes sent to users say it’s unlikely they will hit the cap based on their prior usage — but it’s easy to imagine that’s temporary. The Internet keeps birthing high-bandwidth applications like streaming HD video. Users will ultimately run into these caps. And there’s nothing to prevent Comcast from lowering the limit going forward. – Bob Sullivan, GeekWire