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Home Internet Users May Find Themselves On Data Diet

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Every time we email from home, stream a movie, send pictures or play games, data is going back an forth over your internet connection.

And now we may have to start counting that data like calories in a diet. A new tiered plan from Comcast would start with a basic allowance of 300 GB a month for $40 dollars up to 600 GB a month for $200. Comcast just started a trial test of the new plan in Tucson, Arizona.

The company is helping people estimate which plan they need with a data usage calculator on it’s website. Tony Russell-Smith from Yes Computers said simply, higher quality equals more data.

“Many people, if you stream on Netflix, if you get the high definition of stream, that takes up to three or four times as much data as the standard definition version,” said Russell-Smith.

Netflix says an hour of streaming HD eats up about 2 GB.

“If you play games on line, that’s another big data sync, usually between 500 MB and 2 GB say for a two hour session depending how detailed the game is,” said Russell-Smith.

Russell-Smith recommends using the data usage calculator to choose a plan. But he says then, check actual usage for a month or two to see if you need a little more wiggle room with larger plan.

Comcast says when data use in a month hits 90%, it will send customers an email.

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