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Well, aren't you just Comcast's favorite customer then? I go WELL over the cap, every month. between HD Netflix, gaming, media streaming, downloads, it all adds way over 250gb, and I'm on the friggin 15mbps plan. So, good for you, but for some of us, the cap needs to go. At least they aren't jerks about it is all I'll say. I abuse it every month, and the only time they said anything to me was when I used close to 900gb in a month. I don't even know how that happened, but since then my average is between 300-400gb.

Oh no I know, trust me I understand some do go over the 250GB limit. I hope you didn't take my comment as if I was bashing anyone who does. I was just stating that many of the people that complain about the 250GB limit probably don't even use half of that so they really have no reason to complain about a cap existing. Out of curiosity I'm about to check where I stand for this cycle.

Edit: Pfft 34GB/250GB. And I consider myself a heavy user. (lol that sounds bad) I've ordered HD episodes to quite a few shows that I'm trying to catch up on, done quite a bit of gaming and I constantly transfer a few GB of files between work and home.

In January I used 140GB, that's probably the closest I've been in a while.
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To reach 250 GB in a month, for example, a customer would have to do any of the following:

Send 50 million plain text e-mails (at 5KB/e-mail)
Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)

I don't mean to go against you at all, but I feel their cap is pretty reasonable. If someone has the time to download and watch over 125 movies within a single month, wow, I applaud them and am jealous of the free time they have, hopefully earned through very hard honest work. Gaming isn't even mentioned as it is not all that demanding on bandwidth. I'd be surprised if you surpass 25GB a month solely from gaming bandwidth.

No doubt though: at 100Mbps, 250GB is way too low of a cap.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 4/14/11 at 12:31pm
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Oh no I know, trust me I understand some do go over the 250GB limit. I hope you didn't take my comment as if I was bashing anyone who does. I was just stating that many of the people that complain about the 250GB limit probably don't even use half of that so they really have no reason to complain about a cap existing. Out of curiosity I'm about to check where I stand for this cycle.

Edit: Pfft 34GB/250GB. And I consider myself a heavy user. (lol that sounds bad) I've ordered HD episodes to quite a few shows that I'm trying to catch up on, done quite a bit of gaming and I constantly transfer a few GB of files between work and home.

In January I used 140GB, that's probably the closest I've been in a while.



I don't mean to go against you at all, but I feel their cap is pretty reasonable. If someone has the time to download and watch over 125 movies within a single month, wow, I applaud them and am jealous of the free time they have, hopefully earned through very hard honest work. Gaming isn't even mentioned as it is not all that demanding on bandwidth. I'd be surprised if you surpass 25GB a month solely from gaming bandwidth.

No doubt though: at 100Mbps, 250GB is way too low of a cap.

I honestly don't think that any cap is reasonable, you pay for a speed not an allotted amount of data to be downloaded. If they weren't so skimp on their network infrastructure it wouldn't be an issue. It's not like it cost's them more when people download more.
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Why is everything on this board hyperbolic? The 250GB cap is more than enough for 99% of users but the bandwidth is fast enough to not be a bottleneck to your tasks.

Check out my usage and up-time:



18 days, 20 hours and w/only 9 gigabytes. This is several hours of a day browsing the net, watching Youtube videos, and downloading Xbox live content. I just downloaded two, 1 gigabyte game demos on XBL yesterday.

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I honestly don't think that any cap is reasonable, you pay for a speed not an allotted amount of data to be downloaded. If they weren't so skimp on their network infrastructure it wouldn't be an issue. It's not like it cost's them more when people download more.
This isn't true at all. Whether you realize it or not, there is only a certain amount of bandwidth or resources in the world. Browsing the net, uploading and downloading may be a digital activity, but there's still an inherent physical aspect to it all. Nothing is free.
Edited by BizzareRide - 4/14/11 at 12:46pm
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I honestly don't think that any cap is reasonable, you pay for a speed not an allotted amount of data to be downloaded. If they weren't so skimp on their network infrastructure it wouldn't be an issue. It's not like it cost's them more when people download more.
It surely doesn't cost them. I agree that the revenue they earn from subscriptions alone is ridiculous and it's just greedy to place limits on "how much" bandwidth their customers can use. To be fair their policy is much more sound than AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint and we pay around double for phone service what we pay for internet. At least Comcast doesn't go around quietly adding $10 or more to your bill for going even 1MB over the cap. They give you one warning and are pretty flexible if you give a good strike back. In my eyes, I don't see how they'd accept losing a customer that's giving them $30-$100 in monthly subscription revenue over them using "too much" bandwidth. I'm sure one could come to terms with a supervisor and be exempt from service termination for going over the limit on a regular basis. My conversation with them would be: "Really? You're going to let me go and lose $42.95 x 12 months of revenue, and lose me as a returning future customer for pissing me off in the process? That doesn't seem like a sound business approach!"

I pay $32/month for my Comcast TV and internet and $160 for 2 T-Mobile lines. Sorry for the off-topic fact there but I get MUCH more out of my Comcast than I do from my T-Mobile, yet I don't hear the general public complaining about phone provider's rates and them raping you for going just a tad over the monthly cap like they complain about Comcast's cap.

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This isn't true at all. Whether you realize it or not, there is only a certain amount of bandwidth or resources in the world. Browsing the net, uploading and downloading may be a digital activity, but there's still an inherent physical aspect to it all. Nothing is free.
To play devil's advocate:

If Comcast themselves claim that 99% of their customers consume well below 250GB monthly, then their costs CANNOT possibly be much higher for the remaining 1% that do reach or surpass 250GB. I doubt those in the 1% combined would even top off the 99% that don't reach 250GB.

Hypothetical scenario:

1 million users
99% (990,000) use 150GB, that's 148,500,000GB/247,500,000GB usage. I just randomly chose 150GB as it seems to be somewhat in the middle ground between 0-250GB. Consider that many will use much less than 150GB, and a few will go above that and use nearly the full 250GB.

10,000 use 500GB, that's 5,000,000GB, nowhere near enough to top off the ~100,000,000GB of unused bandwidth from above. And that's a pretty highly exaggerated 500GB usage figure; plenty who go over 250GB must be just barely over or within 300GB.

To take it further, 10,000 x 1,000GB would be 10,000,000GB, still fractions (1/10th) of the unused bandwidth from the 99% "below 250GB" users. So higher costs? I think not. Else they would have set the cap quite a bit lower if 99% of their users truly consume less than 250GB.

So yes, I agree that it is pretty unfair for someone that just happens to have a lifestyle that eats more bandwidth has imposed limits on their service. If it really is a measly 1% of customers that go over the 250GB limit, Comcast has no financial reason to impost the limit. Before anyone says it: Yes, my view on the cap has completely changed between my last post and this one (o.O) Even though I am not affected and stay well below 250GB, now that I do the math, I agree that there's no point in them setting a cap and if anything they are just losing potential customers by making their service seem less appealing with limits imposed.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 4/14/11 at 1:13pm
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105Mbps DOWNLOAD? Pass.

105Mbps UPLOAD? DO WANT!!!
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No doubt though: at 100Mbps, 250GB is way too low of a cap.
250GB is too little on any connection. My one room mate and I average 265GB a month on 4Mb DSL.
    
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Oh no I know, trust me I understand some do go over the 250GB limit. I hope you didn't take my comment as if I was bashing anyone who does. I was just stating that many of the people that complain about the 250GB limit probably don't even use half of that so they really have no reason to complain about a cap existing. Out of curiosity I'm about to check where I stand for this cycle.

Edit: Pfft 34GB/250GB. And I consider myself a heavy user. (lol that sounds bad) I've ordered HD episodes to quite a few shows that I'm trying to catch up on, done quite a bit of gaming and I constantly transfer a few GB of files between work and home.

In January I used 140GB, that's probably the closest I've been in a while.



I don't mean to go against you at all, but I feel their cap is pretty reasonable. If someone has the time to download and watch over 125 movies within a single month, wow, I applaud them and am jealous of the free time they have, hopefully earned through very hard honest work. Gaming isn't even mentioned as it is not all that demanding on bandwidth. I'd be surprised if you surpass 25GB a month solely from gaming bandwidth.

No doubt though: at 100Mbps, 250GB is way too low of a cap.
250cap on a single user or so is about right with data usage.
250cap on a multi user is just plain downright small.
I alone will never reach 250gb but my household according to my router history it says 1.05TB down and 489gb up.....LOL
I think my router is exagerating a bit much, but it is normally half those usage on comcast.
    
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I went over the cap and they called me immediately but I never answered. It's really unfair for a house of 6 that all have computers, to be capped at 250gb. I don't do illegal downloading, nor does anyone else have the computer literacy to do torrents. I normally download several podcasts once a week, game a lot, watch netflix and upload youtube videos.
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250cap on a single user or so is about right with data usage.
250cap on a multi user is just plain downright small.
I alone will never reach 250gb but my household according to my router history it says 1.05TB down and 489gb up.....LOL
I think my router is exagerating a bit much, but it is normally half those usage on comcast.
If you have your systems networked and transfer files between systems, your router may be counting those transfers in its logs. And I agree with every bit of your post.
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