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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;13125678 
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.
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http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/att-officially-announces-data-caps-wont-talk-about-congestion.ars

If the concern was congestion, one might expect more of a focus on an actual congestion throttling system like Comcast's, where heavy users find their traffic slowed a bit during periods of actual network congestion and then restored to full speed when congestion disappears. Monthly data caps don't actually discourage people from using the Internet during the busiest times, though they may lower some total monthly usage.

The carriers have made things harder on themselves by making it clear in the past that they'd love low caps, despite the continued profitability of their ISP businesses (in which profit margins make Apple look like Walmart). When AT&T tested caps in Texas in 2008, it proposed 20GB-150GB caps, depending on subscription tier, with $1/GB overages.

"We have 5 PCs in the house (2 Desktops, 1 HTPC [home theater PC], 2 Notebooks)... What about all the bandwidth that is used by Micro$oft and other programs that like to continually "update" themselves? That can be anywhere from a few KB to well over 100MB a pop... PER COMPUTER. Digital downloads of software (legitimate) is also not uncommon, which those programs are typically hundreds of megabytes if not in the gigabyte range. Likewise I had a PC crash on me the other month and I had to re-download all my games in Steam... That was over 60GB right there!… Why in these hard economic times do big corporations do this to us little guys? Especially when THEY are making record profits???"


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Starting May 2, AT&T will impose 150GB monthly limits on its currently uncapped DSL service, while its fiber-to-the-node U-Verse subscribers will get 250GB. AT&T says the move will affect "less than 2 percent" of customers and that it is necessary to address congestion in the network.

Claims of congestion are notoriously hard to validate from outside the network, but industry analyst Dave Burstein does extensive writing about and consulting for various ISPs; he fired off a tweet this morning saying that AT&T "lied" to the Wall Street Journal. "Congestion is minimal," Burstein said.

"The wireline operating margins are declining primarily due to reduced voice revenue, partially offset by continued growth in data revenue," says the company. "Our strategy is to offset these line losses by increasing non-access-line-related revenues from customer connections for data, video and voice."
AT%26T-wireline.png

Those increased data revenues are costing less than ever before. AT&T's expenses to operate its networks, pay its employees, do network engineering and planning, buy gear, and even pay the property taxes on its many small network buildings around the country dropped by 3.2 percent in 2010. (Infrastructure spending on wireline has actually decreased throughout the industry in recent years even as revenues have increased.)

AT&T expects that wireline profits will improve in 2011.

Tier 1 providers complaining of congestion = BS scheme to rack in more money. They don't pay to peer. Comcast on the other hand isn't Tier 1.



One TV stream can be 3mb/s. 5hrs of that feed a day for a month will be 202GB. You want to watch a different TV show than your wife/husband? Tough, you don't have enough bandwidth. You have to buy the $200 Cable TV package and use onDemand to see Movies at your leisure.

God forbid you should ever have kids that use the internet too...
post #62 of 101
Oh, hey, Comcast users can hit their cap in two and a half days!


Seriously caps need to be flat out banned.
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros;13125678 
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.

The time when it becomes an issue is when you are like me, and live in a household of 5 who are all relatively heavy users.
    
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I have had Comcast 50/10 for 2 months and my usage was 550GB/1347GB and 610GB/1549GB down/up. I haven't got a single email, call or letter from Comcast about usage. I download a ton of movies and TV Shows via usenet and torrents. I almost never lose my connection and when I have it is only for 5~10 minutes at a time. I would think about the 104 plan if it had more upload.
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I'm paying 89.99/month for 105/10 via Mediacom. No caps either, i've uploaded over 300gigs and downloaded over a terabyte this month alone according to my router.

I get about 12.7MB/s via Steam, fastest i've seen. Don't even backup my games anymore.. takes me a couple minutes to download 10gigs. I have 'connections' inside the company though. This service is usually $129.99/month I believe.

I'd take a no caps connection for $25 more a month easily though, Comcast is meh.
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I'd rather have my 3/1 with unlimited usage then any faster speed with caps. I can easily hit over 150Gb a month, I hate caps frown.gif
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I believe there are no caps on higher packages.

That would make more sense, that's how it is here.
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I'd rather have my 3/1 with unlimited usage then any faster speed with caps. I can easily hit over 150Gb a month, I hate caps frown.gif

I had an emergency and had to live with someone for a few days with 5/1 internet. No way I could live with those speeds.

I nearly killed myself. ninja.gif
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*up to 105 Mbps.
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*up to 105 Mbps.

Throttling at its finest
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