The nation’s largest cable provider is taking a page from Verizon and offering an online backup drive and limited file-sharing, according to DSL Reports. According to the report, the Comcast backup service will offer several storage options: 10GB worth for $4.99 a month, or $49.99 per year; 50GB for $9.99 a month or $99.99 year; or 200GB for $19.99 a month. That’s cheaper than Verizon’s offering and other online backup and sharing options such as those from IBackup, but still expensive when compared with pure-play online backup companies such as Mozy and Carbonite, which charge less than $5 a month.
It’s also costly because the data sent and received as part of this service will factor into Comcast’s 250GB monthly broadband cap, meaning anyone signing up for the high-end plan better keep their other data consumption low. That may be a concession to net neutrality — an issue that has riled up the FCC on behalf of P2P providers and now VoIP companies. But it also conveniently leaves less bandwidth available for folks to download movies, which could cut into Comcast’s video business.