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post #21 of 153
time warner also seems to be. no cap where i live.

although the speed and reliability is completely abysmal...
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post #22 of 153
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What will the backlash be when the broadband industry throttles back every data connection in the country among educated users of code? Do they really understand what the actual harm will do to their industries? I wonder if the profit margins the companies have now will decrease and not resume until a reversal of the policies. We all use data at different rates but there is no equality among them. Is a possible lawsuit looming for companies that treat all users equally in data controls even when individuals usage vary. We shall have to wait and see if someone takes this challenge head on and address these companies treating general users the same as data hogs. If there is any legal basis at all, I do not know.

The real reason for the data caps? Comcast is setting up to protect their much more profitable cable television as people cut the cord and rely on streaming.
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post #23 of 153
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Your options are dwindling. Charter, AT&T, Time Warner, and now Comcast all have caps. The only exception I can think of is Verizon FIOS, the caveat being that it has limited availability.

Only Google can save us now tongue.gif

Earthlink doesn't have caps wink.gif

Anyway, here's hoping Google and FiOS come to my area.
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post #24 of 153
Caps really need to die if were to progress in getting all our media from online sources. Especially 1080p movies, which depending can be 50+GB for one).
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post #25 of 153
comeon google we need fios services nao.
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post #26 of 153
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Originally Posted by youra6 View Post

Your options are dwindling. Charter, AT&T, Time Warner, and now Comcast all have caps. The only exception I can think of is Verizon FIOS, the caveat being that it has limited availability.

Only Google can save us now tongue.gif

Charter? I just had charter for a year and was getting 30mbit unlimited for like 60 a month, then called us up one day to tell us they upgraded us to 40 for no cost.
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post #27 of 153
I'd like to know what basis they have for testing it in those cities.

Meanwhile, I'm here taking advantage of them not enforcing the 250GB before the next cap is enacted.
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post #28 of 153
Charter's data caps apply for all EXCEPT for their top tier 100Mbps service, which has no data cap.

Honestly, I could care less. Even when I was on 15Mbps with a 100GB cap each month, I never got any sort of warnings or messages from the, and we were netflix crazy for a couple months. If we can survive that, I don't see what the issue is.




Now I'm going to play Devil's advocate.

If you don't like the data caps, don't use their service. If it's the only service in town, guess you're out of luck until you start your own service. rolleyes.gif

Yes I know we have a bunch of extreme users on here that hog the hell out of their internet pipe, but trust me when I say "You're in a very small minority." Most normal broadband users use about 20-50GB per month, so if you have a 300GB cap, I don't see what the issue would be. Also, $10 per 50GB is a very generous overage charge for that amount of data.
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post #29 of 153
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Originally Posted by ryboto View Post

Yea, usually I would do that, but it has to be in a different name or they wont consider me a customer for 90 days. Didn't want to have to get my girlfriend involved.

Do what I did (but be prepared to actually do it):

I called Comcast just before my teaser rate ended to cancel service effective the day my rate changed. I was asked what it would take not to leave and I said the same rate would help. They gave me another year of the same rate... This has worked twice in a row. We'll see if I can pull it again....

Again, just be prepared to actually cancel. They may call you on it.
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post #30 of 153
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The real reason for the data caps? Comcast is setting up to protect their much more profitable cable television as people cut the cord and rely on streaming.


DING DING DING! We have a winner!
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