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Comcast expanding data caps, another bump in your cable bill?

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NEW YORK (AP) — You may soon see changes to your Comcast bill.  The cable company is expanding the use of data caps in select markets in 5 Southern states, including Tennessee.

The cable company is rolling out more data limits as the Internet becomes an increasingly popular way to watch TV. Streaming video eats up more data than surfing the Internet and reading email.

Public-interest groups criticize the caps, saying they hurt innovation and make it more difficult for people to go online.

Comcast has had data caps in some markets since 2012. In most markets, customers are charged $10 for every 50 gigabytes they go over a 300-GB limit.

Now Comcast is limiting data in a few new markets in Tennessee and four other states, while rolling out a $35 "unlimited" option to most of the areas that have caps.