Hampden County city councilors oppose Comcast data cap

Hampden County

(WWLP) – Springfield, West Springfield, and Holyoke city councilors are teaming up to oppose the data cap announced by Comcast.

Comcast’s data cap will charge residents extra for greater internet use. City councilors are asking state and federal lawmakers to take action.

They want regulations for internet companies to ensure rates affordable for all residents. Saying, the internet is essential for families and businesses, people should not have to pay extra for it.

Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman told 22News, “We’ve been hearing from many constituents who are deeply concerned about the impact that it could have both on their ability to work from home their ability to do school from home their ability to access telehealth, and all the other things that we are doing from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A representative for Comcast told 22News that these data caps will only affect a “very small percentage of customers who use more than 1.2 terabytes of monthly data.”

They added that 1.2 terabytes would be equivalent to “video conference for 3,500 hours, watch 1,200 hours of distance learning videos, stream 500 hours of high-definition video content a month, or play more than 34,000 hours of online games.”

Springfield, West Springfield, and Holyoke City Council will be speaking about data-caps at each of their next meetings.

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