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**** this!

We are currently paying for at&t dsl 6 Mbps speed.

We are receiving about 2/3 Mbps.

I know this isn't entirely at&t's fault.

However the fact is we CAN'T get u-verse we CAN'T get fiber optics and we could go with cable but, to be honest that is a rip off when you get more speed for the same price on fiber optics.

We are paying for 6 and receiving 2/3 when you have 5 people in one house that can be some rough times.

I mean I see users talking about 20 gigs for games for ONE person because of steam or xbox live.

Imagine a house with 3 kids.

5 computers and 1 ps3.

now from there 3 of those computers have and use steam nightly. PS3 gets pretty good use too.

Now factor in facebook youtube ect ect.

My family is pretty frugal my parents pay for the connection we have because, we need the fastest we can get. Even if we don't get the full speed they are worried at&t would be jerks and throttle us down even more if we downgrade our package.

If ISP's decide to "charge by GB" then I could see my parents just cancelling the internet and telling my brothers and i to find something else to do with our time :/

*EVERYTHING* runs on the net now.

Charging by the GB (even in bulk) should be borderline criminal.

If they charge by the GB then I better get a god ***** fiber optic connection and the the best they have!

I think my parents would pay by the GB if there was no "base price" and we had a 50 Mbps up/down connection.

Whats 90$ a month then for the GB we use? but, they would never pay say... 50$ base price and then 90$ on top of that when we decide to all download the THQ Megapack deal on steam and play warlord.

This isn't even taking into consideration hard drive failures and having to redownload 100 GB of games for one person :/
Edited by Snow_Fox - 12/24/10 at 7:28pm
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Originally Posted by Snow_Fox;11767168 
We are currently paying for at&t dsl 6 Mbps speed.

We are receiving about 2/3 Mbps.

I know this isn't entirely at&t's fault.
I've never had an issue getting exactly the speeds advertised by verizon (FIOS usually bottlenecks at the other end, though I only have 3Mbps DSL at my apartment). If you're not getting that rate, it is entirely your ISP's fault.

Granted, switching ISPs isn't an option for everyone. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Xeio;11767222 
I've never had an issue getting exactly the speeds advertised by verizon (FIOS usually bottlenecks at the other end, though I only have 3Mbps DSL at my apartment). If you're not getting that rate, it is entirely your ISP's fault.

Granted, switching ISPs isn't an option for everyone. frown.gif

Well we are running 3 computers and the max "theoretical" is 6 mbps which means if everything is "perfect" you will receive that.

Yes it is their fault in that they need to fix their network and get me fib optics....

However, if we call in and try to do something about it I am more than willing to bet they are going to give us the disclaimer "these speeds are going to depend on traffic blah blah blah"

We occassionally bench it at 6 although rarely.. Last time I had cable there was supposedly a 15 gb cap.

I ran over it quite often in my apartment but, I am one person.

There are 3 "kids" living here with my parents now.. I assure you that cap would be blown sky high and I could see the ISP doing something about it then...
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Originally Posted by aldfig0;11766518 
I think you need to see a therapist. You are not going to die if your ISP decides to change the way it prices its service.

Nah I'm good. Personally I don't like paying for a service that I can only utilize 1/6th of because of ATT's incompetence. If you want to bend over and take it up the ass from the telecos, go for it.
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... Oh look, the anarchist cookbook is for sale on Amazon.

there are much better alternatives
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charging by the GB is going to suck alot. two years ago my games were <5gb. these days there 20+ gb. i can see 50+ two years from now. what they need to do is to make the networks more robust to handle the traffic.
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Originally Posted by SAVAGE!!!;11738656 
I find it funny that future OS's are going to depend more on the internet for cloud services and just more computing from the web and isp's are going to be charging more for bandwidth. ISP's know that there is going to be money to be made real soon of the new os's and they want to get a greedy cut of it.

I don't find that funny...
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post #228 of 255
Why not have the TV companies start charging us every time we turn on the TV. If I watch TV for 3 hours and someone else only watches it for 1 then I should be charged more, right?

Why not have people who drive more pay higher taxes to cover the cost of building roads?

Because it wouldn't be fair, and it doesnt cost ISPs extra money to provide unrestricted bandwidth to users. The only way this would benifit ISPs (other than by simply allowing them to charge more) is because ISPs wouldnt have to worry so much about ehancing their service because people would be trying to find ways to limit their usage.
    
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Kirby shutup they could be watching LOL
    
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I think some of you guys are getting bent out of shape over nothing. Over the years I have learned that some things are set in stone: Taxes, Death, and Government incompetence.

They talk a good a game but fail at execution. Somewhere along the way the government will screw up this plan. Remember when online poker was banned? Or marijuana? Cars without seat belts? Freon? People still legally use/play all of these through loopholes.
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