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data caps are just a way for them to pad the wallets high data users must pay more then the normal user gets a little discount and if they use to much data they get charged big time for it, Former fcc is probly getting kick backs to promote it now.

Kick backs? He works for them openly. tongue.gif


It's the revolving door. The only people qualified to work in those positions are the ones who are in the industry that they are regulating. So when they leave, they have a nice coushy job.
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I back up my home PCs to a single home server.... then back this server to the cloud. This chews through a lot of bandwidth but is absolutely not business related.
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My VPN tunnelling from school/work to home (paranoia, don't want dodgy software proxies/routers scrounging into my transmissions) chews through bandwidth... redface.gif
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If you need 1tb of allocated bandwidth every month, you are likely doing things "abnormal" and probably should be on a business line.


I'm a poweruser myself and won't deny it but reading some comments here I couldn't imagine a 500 GB monthly cap. I guess I am further more out in left field than I thought. Typical traffic for me is around 3 to 5 TB a month download and around 2 to 3 TB uploads. I have hit around 8 TB a month on downloads a couple of times. None of that traffic is business related. It is school related, but I live in a college town so it is expected somewhat.

Like DuckieHo I back up 5 PCs of my own plus 3 others of my family's to a server and then that server is backed up to 2 offsite locations. They are incremental daily backups so it could be even more than that. Netflix SuperHD is somewhere around 3 Gb an hour so it wouldn't take long with that either. Add in a full VPN connection for security when I am away from home, and a split tunnel link between my lab/office PCs I can chew through a lot of data easily.

I've never had issues with throttling either. I have been contacted by my ISP before but only to offer a speed increase because of it, at a discounted rate surprisingly. I schedule everything to run between 1 to 5 AM which my ISP appreciates. They bumped my speeds at off peak hours because of it. I pay for 30 Mb/s down 10 Mb/s up and have never seen it below 45 Mb/s down 20 Mb/s up.

Total data caps are far less important than QoS during peak hours for your ISP. Every ISP I have had couldn't really care less as long as I was not slowing down everyone else.
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500 GB cap here, but my ISP doesn't care about caps. Charter FWIW.
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5gb? $ for 1gb? Are they not aware that it is 2013 not 1993? 0.o
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This is total BS. All that will happen is paltry discounts for those who download less, until they decide to raise their prices, and higher costs for those who download more, and more profits for the service providers who already charge way too much for one mediocre speed internet account.
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Pricing based on monthly allotments protects customers "from subsidizing the heaviest users," the NCTA further says. If such pricing schemes resulted in substantial savings for people who don't use many data-heavy services, it would be hard to argue against the potential benefits for some users.

On the surface this sounds like it would be okay the issue is that the internet services provided to homes are not billed based on data usage but rather on bandwidth. Data usage for an ISP is essentially free, the data costs the ISP nothing. What is in limited quality and thus is something that has a value is the bandwidth.

The cappin g of home internet using the bandwidth model for billing is just an excuse to create new billing structures that actually hurt consumers. Look at the fact more people use streaming video and music than ever before. THIS is the reason the internet providers need a cap. They are all tied in some way to TV and the move away from the TV to internet streaming means the ISP need some way to supplement the loss of TV consumers.
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