Surprise! Internet Users Dislike Broadband Cap

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tektek

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Screw'em.. i'll jump to Verizon broadband till fios shows up...
the world is trying to see who can reach the 100 Mbps speed and we're stuck on 3-6 mpbs with caps!
 

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250Gigs? :O I thought it'd be like 10G or something when I started reading the article. We have 100Mbps connection here in Japan (and they started 1000Mbps service last month), and even with this connection I dont think I've ever downloaded that much in a month..
With HD content popping out in the next 2-3 years, I guess people will start getting close to the cap i suppose
 

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[citation][nom]estreetguy[/nom]I used to laugh at people with unprotected wireless routers. Now I just plain feel sorry for them.[/citation]
Jeez.. and its legal to use their internet too..

Hello legal "crime" spree of wasting my neighbors money..

Seriously, i wonder how the porn addicts will deal with this? go find unprotected networks and then dl their "fix" to their computer.

Talk about screwed up....

Say goodbye to multiplayer!
 

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[citation][nom]dyingcat[/nom]250Gigs? I thought it'd be like 10G or something when I started reading the article. We have 100Mbps connection here in Japan (and they started 1000Mbps service last month), and even with this connection I dont think I've ever downloaded that much in a month..With HD content popping out in the next 2-3 years, I guess people will start getting close to the cap i suppose[/citation]
Download speed and a cap are not the same thing.
 

DFGum

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[citation][nom]dyingcat[/nom]Btw, how much bandwith does multiplayer games on average use? Say...for an hour of WoW?[/citation]

30Mbyte/hour in heavy areas in WoW and fps games.
If your in a no where zone, or sitting in some unused zone or something.
1-5Mbyte/hour.
Now you hafta remember you upload also.
Now imagine adding in your monthly WoW patch also. Whatever else you do in the net, and if your on a router with a family.
5gb will definately be eaten up, most WoW gamers would easily use up the 40gb, and the heavy raiders would probably need far more. Estimating 33GB used up in the month with WoW alone.
 

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I hope Australian ISPs follow suit and increase caps to 250GB, rather than the typical 5-40GB. That or optical media will need to remain in place of HD content downloading for a few more decades.
 

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I am from South Africa and our typical cap here is restricted at between 1GB and 3GB per month thanks to Telkom. I can only drool over a 250GB cap. Check out www.hellkom.co.za for comparitive costs / pricing for bigger caps... (By the way, our fastest broad band connection is 4Mb)
 

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Between Steam, Hamachi, Ventrilo, Netflicks and at least one MMO running on both my and my Wifes computers I can honestly say I am concerned with Time Warner testing the 5-40 gig limit.

250gigs a month is a lot, if they were willing to uncap my upload speeds then I would be willing to take a 250gig limit for a home internet connection at $50 a month... but 5-40gigs? I would use that in a week.

Fortunately I live in Vermont, and they are always the last to catch on to things like this.
 

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[citation][nom]DFGum[/nom]Download speed and a cap are not the same thing.[/citation]

Um genius, what dyingcat was implying was that even with Japan's insane speeds, he never comes close to downloading 250GB/month. There are caps that are quite unfair, but 250 GB/month is not even close to being an unfair cap. It's pretty damn reasonable if you ask me. I highly doubt many people consume more than 100 GB/month, let alone 250.
 

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Well My PC is on net 24/7 and even if i will not DL any game, demo, movie etc, even if its from legal sources i still have over 100GB each month.
if i count it i can make 10+GB per month for online games, 20GB for web browsing, 10GB for messaging services, several GB for software updates and new drivers, several tens of GB for work data. Add some watching of streaming video and radio stations and you can easily reach even TB without downloading. And there is usualy more then one person on single connection.

Also dont forget that there is increasing trend in torrent distribution of game clients and patches from Blizard, EA and other companies whitch can make another tens or hunderets GB of your trafic.
 

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[citation][nom]magicandy[/nom][/citation]
Um genius, what dyingcat was implying was that even with Japan's insane speeds, he never comes close to downloading 250GB/month. There are caps that are quite unfair, but 250 GB/month is not even close to being an unfair cap. It's pretty damn reasonable if you ask me. I highly doubt many people consume more than 100 GB/month, let alone 250[citation][nom]magicandy[/nom][/citation]
Unless he is downloading 24/7 his speed doesnt matter.
Most people i know do over 100gb easy.
Gaming, watching video's email etc. Even the guy above me says he uses 100gb.
Just wiping and reinstalling/patching WoW will cost you a few gb.
 

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I thought Comcast said that they have always had this limit in place, but that they only publicized the cap when they were required to. Ive been waiting for my first notice. These are my last 3 months downloads, from newsgroups alone. You would be surprised at how much you can download in 24 hrs at 1MB/s.

Start End Days Bytes GB
06/14/2008 07/14/2008 30.00 464,791,677,176 464.79
07/14/2008 08/14/2008 31.00 179,961,771,447 179.96
08/14/2008 09/15/2008 32.00 746,113,079,803 746.11
09/15/2008 10/2/2008 17.29 375,879,374,464 375.88
 

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[citation][nom]magicandy[/nom]Um genius, what dyingcat was implying was that even with Japan's insane speeds, he never comes close to downloading 250GB/month. There are caps that are quite unfair, but 250 GB/month is not even close to being an unfair cap. It's pretty damn reasonable if you ask me. I highly doubt many people consume more than 100 GB/month, let alone 250.[/citation]
First it is 250GB for $50, than 100GB for $40, the 100GB will increase to $50 and the 250GB to $70 and so on.
 

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Sure 5% use half the bandwidth but that number will soon change, to something like 50% as more people start using HD video downloads and steam based games. But this bandwidth cap might head that off and kill it before it hatches. Maybe verizon FIOS will save the day since they will have less interest in keeping people from downloading movies and games. Time Warner, I am 100% sure will have a severe download cap as they want you to buy disks and save the network for grandma who uses 5-10 megabytes a month on her email and still pays 50$ a month....

On the flip side of the coin why should grandma pay 50$ a month if all she does is check email ? Sounds shifty to me with all this talk of caps to not have a tiered service plan 10$ for grandma a month sounds more then fair to me. But I bet you will never hear of such a plan since this would cut into the profits they make off people who do not really need what they are selling.
 

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Yeah? You guys think this stinks, my ISP has been doing this for a couple years now, and get this, our cap is 10gb for a 6 meg pipe. Every gig over 10 is +$2...

They are the only cable broadband in town and DSL doesn't offer much in the way of an alternative compared to the speeds of cable.
 

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Here is the deal in Amsterdam NL: Real broadband.....
60 Mbit down / 6 Mbit up for 60 euros per month, no caps.
Tip: move to Amsterdam, the internet Capital of the world. :)
 

ThePatriot

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Oh, strictly spoken there is a Fair Use Policy... I have downloaded 1.8 TB in the last year, sounds very fair to me. (No extra cost)
We have no MCPA, wich means that downloading movies and music is NOT illegal.
 

blackened144

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[citation][nom]ThePatriot[/nom]Here is the deal in Amsterdam NL: Real broadband.....60 Mbit down / 6 Mbit up for 60 euros per month, no caps.Tip: move to Amsterdam, the internet Capital of the world. :)[/citation]

One of the many reasons to move there.. ;) I wish I could telecommute.
 
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