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Stuck at home? Sparklight changing data cap policy, for now

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With an increase in folks working from home while businesses take precautions around the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be worried about your home Internet bill.

Sparklight, which used to call itself Cable One, announced it will cut data caps for the next 30 days.

“In an effort to help ease the financial burden and provide continued connectivity for customers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19),¬†Sparklight… will be making unlimited data available on all internet services for the next 30 days,” the company said in a statement late Friday.

The company also said it would waive late fees for the next 60 days.

The company’s most common plan, which costs $65 per month, caps data use at 600 gigs. When a customer goes over, they pay an extra $10 per month for each additional 100 GB of use.

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Sparklight’s move follows the lead of Comcast, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Boise’s other major home internet provider, CenturyLink, has not announced any similar moves. However, its data cap sits at 1 terabyte, about 66% higher than Sparklight’s.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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