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So what happens when all the streaming media that drives the internet these days causes people to go above their caps. All data caps will do is discourage internet usage--not illegal piracy. Besides, you can still "pirate" a lot of stuff, even with the current ~250GB caps used by a lot of ISP's in the US. Caps do nothing but aggravate the legitimate user/consumer. Just like DRM.
    
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It's true though. Can't deny that. If you don't download mass amounts of movies, games, and music, where exactly does your bandwidth go?
High def video chats... not every ones loved ones are within close proximity, caps would GREATLY limit the amount of things you could do online, I game have net-flix, Am on steam everyday (downloaded updates pretty much daily), Ventrillo (triple venting) High amount of hours logged into css as well as BFBC2 Old crysis 1 (when it worked) MMOrpgs, WIDGETS for you desktop, program updates, (everytime you cleaned out your browsing cache your bill would skyrocket if you're like most of us on OCN, Online flash games, Porn, EVERYTHING operates online now.... Basically waht I'm trying to say here is it's a stupid move.

While it would be a half assed method to stop pirating it would hurt more than it would.
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150GB a month is ~3.4 megabytes per minute. That's not hard at all to reach.

Thats a constant use of about 466 kiloBITS/second, for every second of the month.

Get 2-4 people on a single connection and you're maxed every month.
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So what happens when all the streaming media that drives the internet these days causes people to go above their caps. All data caps will do is discourage internet usage--not illegal piracy. Besides, you can still "pirate" a lot of stuff, even with the current ~250GB caps used by a lot of ISP's in the US. Caps do nothing but aggravate the legitimate user/consumer. Just like DRM.
Nothing happens, we just pay overages.
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Don't know about you, but I'd rather torrent a smaller file via piracy than use the extra bandwidth to download legit... not to mention, if I have to pay for bandwidth just to use something I bought... well, wouldn't it be cheaper JUST to pay for bandwidth? Sorta controversial statement, would understand if it gets removed... but its just hypothetical.
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if pro is the opposite of con, what's the opposite of progress?
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They won't reduce anything. Too much of a hamper on the rest of the country, and pirates would manage.
     
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Not good usa

but you get used to it

the uk sure has

but they just don't tell you

they say unlimited* lol
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