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I'm totally OK with usage based rates, as long as 250gigs of data costs me the same as it does now, im cool. I'm currently capped at 250gigs a month, and there is no way in hell i use that every month. If i use significantly less, i should be able to pay significantly less. sadly however, i think most companies will be like att, and charge you MORE for less(IE when they switched from unlimited to 5gigs a month cap)
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
I've watched all of Stargate SG-1, seasons 1-4 this month. Legally, on Netflix. That probably tops 100GB easily. Plus all the other stuff I've watched on Netflix.

If our internet were capped at 100, or 50, or 20GB then we'd cancel out Netflix subscription. Netflix would go out of business from lost subscribers within the year.


Plus games through Steam, Youtube videos, and all the freeware and shareware I use.
I'm in Canada i'm paying 80$/month for a 30mbits/sec 150gig download and I need to control what I do because I always use all my bandwidht. Internet cap IS THE REASON why I am not subscribed to netflix, I can't use it!
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What a joke... The best thing is that no one will stand up and fight it.
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I think we should just shutdown the Internet. That way no network congestion and no piracy. Sure, we wouldn't have services like Steam or Netflix, but that is the price we have to pay to protect big content's business model against new competition.
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There a big problem here. Let say a person Pirates 400GB of Movies, Games, Music etc every month. Given ~ $1/GB, that ~ $300. First all those thing can cost less to buy full retail price, second, where is the money going? Are publishers getting payed by Internet isp providers? In short they just want more money.
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post #26 of 168
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
I've watched all of Stargate SG-1, seasons 1-4 this month. Legally, on Netflix. That probably tops 100GB easily. Plus all the other stuff I've watched on Netflix.

If our internet were capped at 100, or 50, or 20GB then we'd cancel out Netflix subscription. Netflix would go out of business from lost subscribers within the year.


Plus games through Steam, Youtube videos, and all the freeware and shareware I use.
I agree legit stuff can easly eat up over 100-300 gigs and even more if a entire faimly uses the internet. I think these isps getting a nice pay check from retail stores that hate online services like netflix and itunes even steam.
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post #27 of 168
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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?
Just because it'd downloaded doesn't mean it's illegal.
All of those have very popular legal equivalents.
Netflix, steam and other digital downloads, itunes, streaming radio etc.


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Originally Posted by cougar62 View Post
For people who have a whole household using one high speed connection this can and will cause issues.

I'm not sure how much bandwidth watching 5-6 HD TV show episodes takes up, but I'm sure it adds up quickly. Not to mention Steam, or online distribution in general. Yea it will discourage some piracy, but at the same time it will discourage a lot of users from using that service.

Also, it is wrong for an ISP to raise prices and put caps on their internet services. Especially when they've been offering uncapped modestly priced internet for years, then got greedy and looked for excuses to raise prices and put caps on.
It's even worse for me. We've got 2 households sharing 1 connection here.
Worse off, my tenants are actually tech savvy people and do download as well.

You're looking at approximately 0.6 gig for a 30 minute HD show (stripped of commercials).
Watch 2 hours of tv per day and that adds up FAST. And that's assuming everybody in the house watches the same show.

And the beauty of downloading your shows is that you don't have to watch the same stuff and can watch what you want on your own time. So any tech-savvy household could be looking at an average of 1 hour of HD tv per person.
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Phff wow what is this? reminds me too much of communism
    
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Even doing the torrent thing here,as well purchasing and playing through steam,hulu,youtube,hd movies etc,I dont come close my 250 gig limit,maybe 50%.Have to do some major pirating to break the 250 cap imo.Enough the federalies would be kicking in your door type stuff.Still not for bandwidth caps though.

Edit: I see a lot of posters points about a full household hitting the limit easier.
    
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Yeah, it'll cut down on piracy, but not in the right way.
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