Last month internet provider WideOpenWest (WOW) announced they were adding data caps to their internet service for Chicago customers starting in June. This may have come as a surprise because the provider has previously shied away from any such caps, but also because it might be confusing to think about your internet plan having “limits” outside of speed. Data caps are monthly limits on the data you're able to use with your internet connection—think, uploading or downloading data and content. We've pulled together what you need to know about data caps for the most popular internet providers in the Chicagoland area—take a look.
WOW will charge $10 for an extra 50 gigabytes of data when customers exceed their monthly data limits, depending on an individual customer’s speed plan. WOW offers up to three terabytes of data per month for its 1-gigabyte service. Overage fees will max out at $50/month and WOW will waive those fees the first time a customer exceeds the cap.
AT&T has a similar setup—if you exceed your monthly data allowance, you’ll be charged $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes. For AT&T Internet, these fees will max out at $100/month, and for DSL and Fixed Wireless Internet, the feels will max out at $200/month. This does not affect AT&T Fiber customers, who receive unlimited data.
Customers who use more than 1.2 terabytes of data in a month will be charged an additional fee of $10 for blocks of 50 gigabytes each. These fees will not exceed $100/month. Customers will not be billed the first time they exceed the monthly limit. Xfinity also offers the option to add unlimited data to a plan for $30/month.
As some of us start heading back to the office and kids head back to the classroom, you may have even less of a chance of hitting your monthly allotted data and less need for an unlimited plan overall. Whatever your changing internet needs may be, we can help you find the best plan for you that maximizes usability for the lowest price possible.
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For Amazon Fire TV users, a new and improved interface has arrived. Amazon has been doing a gradual rollout of its new Fire TV experience for users of devices like the Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Generation) and Fire TV (3rd Generation), with other Fire TV devices and Fire TV Smart TV users getting the update later this year. Here are the highlights.
Improved features include a more prominent search system that covers existing content, plus things you might like. The main menu has also been redesigned to help cut down on time spent deciding on what to watch.
New Alexa voice commands like “Alexa, go to Live TV” are now supported. A new Alexa voice remote launching later this year will make the process even easier.
Up to six personalized profiles are now supported, each with distinct viewing histories, watchlists and individualized viewing suggestions.
Note that this update won’t automatically appear and must be configured through system settings.
a final word
Last month we shared the news that Marquee Sports Network had signed a deal for Cubs games to be available for streaming via fuboTV. Subscribers to the basic Family Plan ($64.99/month) now have access to these broadcasts, but note that some zip codes may be subjected to a $6/month regional sports fee. If you have questions about fuboTV or any other streaming platform, we’re here for you. Get in touch today to get started!