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I could never do the 250 GB download cap with Comcast. I download close to 750 GB a month with Netflix, Steam, etc.
My roommates and I were doing about 150-200GB a month. We torrent a bit (legal stuff), play some online games, do a ton of browsing and host a minecraft server.

Since we've gotten netflix, traffic is closer to 500GB every month. It's crazy :/
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This would have been nice to have. Save some $$$.
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This is for now, until their marketers can figure out how to sell it to us.
    
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I think this is good news...?

250GB is plenty for me (personally). I predict that in a few years it may not be, especially if my entire family decides to stream content instead of using the TV. Only time will tell.
It's only good news if we assume that ISP's will have exorbitant prices for units if they adopt UBB. But if you ask me, the price-to-service (data/bandwidth) is too expensive given what is provided.

UBB at a reasonable price, with the option for "unlimited" plans at also reasonable prices for the speed/bandwidth (say, $100/month), where your UBB cost never exceeds the unlimited package (to protect the consumer) would be fair. But that wouldn't allow the ISP to extort huge amounts of money from consumers...
    
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i got comcast isp >_> just wish they were alittle bit more reliable in terms of consistancy XO!
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AT&T has a much better policy than Comcast actually. Both have a 250GB monthly cap.

The difference is on Comcast, if you go over it, you get a warning. If you do it again, you get disconnected for a year.

On AT&T, if you go over the 250GB, you get billed an additional $10 for every 50GB you go over, and that ONLY happens if you breach the 250GB cap THREE times.

IMO, a lot better than the Comcast policy.
it depends really. i mean, for one, on DSL it's 150GB which isn't a lot (for me at least) and if you'd signed up this year, or during the promotions you're prolly paying a max of $20 after bill credits. that $100 gigs over to get you to only 250gigs pushes your internet bill to double, and you're still getting slow service. so in other words you can use as much as you want, your price just increases. so if that's the case is there really congestion?

like we had 1.5/256 and that's the highest they can offer to me at this house.

now with Charter it's 18/2 (fastest internet i've ever used ) with the ability to put in 60/5 if i put in a DOCSIS 3 modem. the cap is 250. i've been trying to see if i can hit the cap and i'm struggling. sure we switched over midway through but this month is 102 gigs by me, and my highest is 115 (i'm the only one who really uses the internet)

we have 2 warnings and a disconnect for 6 months - i'll take a disconnect over being overbilled, especially considering i know i probably won't be going over.

the stupidity of AT&T's cap shines through, when you see they're capping DSL and U-Verse to try get rid of congestion, but since DSL customers have direct lines to the DSLAM you don't really cause congestion - less so than cable at least. that, and they have enough bandwidth for U-Verse which is IPTV, so you can watch as much TV as you want on their systems, but not on the Internet.

burned once, never again. i mean it depends on what options you have in your area and how you use the internet but for me, and given my personal experiences with AT&T i would rather be with Charter

Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post
I could never do the 250 GB download cap with Comcast. I download close to 750 GB a month with Netflix, Steam, etc.
who's your ISP?

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Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa View Post
God forbid there's more than one person in a household... USA is reversing in technological progress.
this. what's the point of faster internet if you can't actually use it?

i seriously want to move to Chattanooga, TN.
Edited by -iceblade^ - 5/25/11 at 7:22am
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feels like we are going back into the days of dial up where you payed extortionate amounts of money for leaving the internet on for 1 day... i bet it will be the same when eventually every company caps broadband the new service (they call it wideband) will come and it will all be unlimited again.... that's just my opinion, it happened with dialup, i am guessing it will happen the same way again, history always repeats itself.
    
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it depends really. i mean, for one, on DSL it's 150GB which isn't a lot (for me at least) and if you'd signed up this year, or during the promotions you're prolly paying a max of $20 after bill credits. that $100 gigs over to get you to only 250gigs pushes your internet bill to double, and you're still getting slow service. so in other words you can use as much as you want, your price just increases. so if that's the case is there really congestion?

like we had 1.5/256 and that's the highest they can offer to me at this house.

now with Charter it's 18/2 (fastest internet i've ever used ) with the ability to put in 60/5 if i put in a DOCSIS 3 modem. the cap is 250. i've been trying to see if i can hit the cap and i'm struggling. sure we switched over midway through but this month is 102 gigs by me, and my highest is 115 (i'm the only one who really uses the internet)

we have 2 warnings and a disconnect for 6 months - i'll take a disconnect over being overbilled, especially considering i know i probably won't be going over.

the stupidity of AT&T's cap shines through, when you see they're capping DSL and U-Verse to try get rid of congestion, but since DSL customers have direct lines to the DSLAM you don't really cause congestion - less so than cable at least. that, and they have enough bandwidth for U-Verse which is IPTV, so you can watch as much TV as you want on their systems, but not on the Internet.

burned once, never again. i mean it depends on what options you have in your area and how you use the internet but for me, and given my personal experiences with AT&T i would rather be with Charter
You are right I forgot to point out the distinction between their DSL and U-Verse service. I agree the DSL policy is stupid. But you can get U-Verse HSI ranging from 3Mbps to 24Mbps, with very reasonable pricing, and I definitely prefer the U-Verse cap policy over Comcast.
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who's your ISP?
Verizon FIOS.
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