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Bandwidth cap? WTF?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by K, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. K

    K i bite

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    I just found out that my area is going to be a test area for a new Pay by usage isp program. It is a major brand and it is really all most can get around here that is half way decent speed wise.
    They want to start capping bandwidth per month. If you go over you pay extra. It works like minutes on a cell phone. The highest tier you can buy is 40 gigs a month.

    Is 40 gigs reasonable for people who watch allot of videos like youtube or something? What about people who watch netflix movies? What about online gaming?
    This whole thing sounds like allot of people will be saying screw you to the ISP's.
    How much bandwith do you think you use a month?
    Just wondering cause i have 4 roomates.
     
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  2. (GR)Killer

    (GR)Killer ...

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    I only have like 30-40 gigs of bandwidth a month and i run on fine.
     
  3. T2A`

    T2A` I'm dead.

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    To compare, Comcast's cap is 250 gigs per month, and when you go over they only send you a letter bitching about it.

    Find a new ISP.
     
  4. (GR)Killer

    (GR)Killer ...

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    My ISP shut off my internet....but then again i went to 110 gigs in 4 days, so WAY past my limit. GigaNews FTL.
     
  5. Darkdrium

    Darkdrium 20% Cooler

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    Strangely, my ISP started capping a few months ago. We however have a service no more mentioned on the website, and there is no cap as far as we know (We never paid extra).

    I have no idea how much bandwidth we use, it must be quite high though. I don't know if it's more than 50GB but I would not be surprised if it was (I watch loads of Youtube videos).
     
  6. JaFO

    JaFO bugs are features too ...

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    At least they tell you what the cap is.
    Over here there's a 'fair use'-policy which basically translates into 'we will shut you down if we don't like you' ...
    At least that's what some people say, never had any problems myself but I don't know what my usage is like either.
     
  7. Kyllian

    Kyllian if (Driver == Bot.Pawn); bGTFO=True;

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    I pulled about 100GB in the last 2.5 weeks, but most of that is from pulling shows I missed while without net for 3 months
     
  8. Matfei

    Matfei [:«]Ω[»:]:Mױפקזג:]:

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    I'm living with a 25gb/month cap.

    Can't really enjoy much HD media content, or download many things in a short space of time if i was useable speed that can actually load pages for the rest of the month. So I have to keep an eye on my usage each day.

    Welcome to my world guys.
     
  9. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    Find an ISP that does not put caps on your internet connection. Oh god the horror.
     
  10. toniglandyl

    toniglandyl internal data fragmentation : 62203480%

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    with a speed of 30Mbps, I don't want a bandwidth limit. too used to having instantanious huge files.
     
  11. Jackal

    Jackal Crapass

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    I'm in a area where I can only get 1.5mb DSL via ATT. They constantly up the price. I've had it for 2 years now and the price has raised by $12. I called them up and asked why, and the response was great "delivery service charge". As if they are dropping off my internet with a gas powered truck or something.

    Technology is getting better and faster all the time. Yet our internet is the same and they want to charge more for the same? I've about had it with this bull****.
     
  12. dragonfliet

    dragonfliet I write stuffs

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    I imagine that watching youtube isn't going to seriously threaten your bandwidth because of the crap ass resolution. Netflix, on the other hand will certain screw you up, especially if you're streaming their HD stuff.

    A cap of only 30-40 GB is extreme and absurd. You're going to be MUCH better off with another service.

    ~Jason
     
  13. anaemic

    anaemic she touch your penis?

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    why are the insane clown posse running your internet supply ?
     
  14. K

    K i bite

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    Yeah me to. If the speeds were going up it would be a different story.
    :lol: oops
    Because they have cornered the market here. Bastards they are. I hate clowns.
     
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  15. Zur

    Zur surrealistic mad cow

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    Here the ISP linked to the national communications firm used to cap at 10GB. It was increased to 20GB recently after many years. Other ISPs offer 20 to 40GB or apply a fair-use policy. The latter tend to have crappy connections with some loss.
     
  16. WaitForTheRain

    WaitForTheRain New Member

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    My internet has a really ****ty 2GB limit, or it did when we signed up for it (Quite a few years back). I'm sure that I must have gone over it numerous times, but with no consequences.
     
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  17. Hunter

    Hunter BeyondUnreal Newsie

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    Have to say I enjoy my ISP. As with most of the UK a lot only offer capped services I was lucky enough to find "Be" who offer a totally unlimited, un-metered service for £18 no traffic shaping, no unseen limits etc. It's not bad for 3 of us always on the net though I think the max we've hit has been about 40GB in a month.
     
  18. Festering Anus

    Festering Anus Cheeto Hans

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    The trick is to go with a local ISP. Right now I'm with Eastlink (GET IT, BECAUSE ITS LOCAL TO EASTERN CANADA LOL) 15mb/s internets with NO caps and NO throttling. In addition to that they don't give a **** about what you download.
     
  19. TWD

    TWD Cute and Cuddly

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    How much would they be charging a month? For only 40gb they better have a really good price.
     
  20. TossMonkey

    TossMonkey brown bread?

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    I think Virgin media has a limit, I don't know if I have ever exceeded it though.
     

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