Originally Posted by hitman1985
250gb caps probably, so .... kinda useless...
How, exactly, is it "kinda useless"? I, for one, don't use more than one gigabyte of internet traffic, a day. That's twenty-eight to thirty-one gigabytes a month. I'd say three of my other roommates download even less, so I'll call them all two gigabytes a day, which brings our total to eighty-four to ninety-three a month. My fourth roommate downloads a good deal more than the rest of us (what he is downloading, frankly, I don't want to know) and I have assigned his computer a cap of four gigabytes a day through our router. So that's roughly eight gigabytes a day, for a monthly total of two hundred and twenty-four to two hundred and forty-eight a month.
The proposed service would easily suit the needs of my household, with enough leeway to allow for unexpected events (fifty-two gigabytes should be enough for that, at least). After you hit the cap, though, you'd likely merely be throttled down on your connection speed.
Originally Posted by Thedark1337
...if they cap gigabit speeds and limit how much you download then it is not worth it. Imagine that 250gb limit and yet you get gigabit speeds, whats the point if there is a limit?
Imagine you have two cars you can drive:
One is extremely fast, but has a small fuel tank. When the fuel runs out, you have to get a tow truck to drive you around until it recharges, and tow trucks are extremely slow. The fuel recharges every month.
The other is one-tenth the speed of the first, and has a fuel tank the same size. When the fuel runs out on it, it becomes as slow as the first car. The fuel for this car recharges every month, too.
With the first car, you can get to work ten times faster, come home ten times faster, and do everything ten times faster. You are burning through your fuel faster, yes, but ONLY because you're proportionally saving time by being able to get even more done. You may, with all of that time, decide to try and do more in the day, and, thusly, spend more fuel than you would with the second car.
But with both cars, when you run out of fuel, you're stuck at the same speed. So, really, it's all about usage honestly. What you need to do is assign usage limits to any high-bandwidth devices that don't need real-time data transference levels.
Besides that, I'm not in favor of bandwidth quantity caps. I don't think they really solve the problem that a tenth of a percent of people are using the vast majority of the bandwidth. That problem needs to be solved by figuring out why, exactly, they are using so much bandwidth, and then working to find a way to lower the bandwidth charges on that task, or to remove the task in case of certain illegal things that need not be named.