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Old 09-02-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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Get ready to say goodbye to unlimited Internet access.

Last week, Comcast -- the second-largest Internet service provider in the country -- announced that starting Oct. 1 it would officially set a threshold for monthly Internet usage.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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It's been a great ride, but yeah, at some point the money grubbers are gonna take over. Unless we can force the government to require a 'no caps' service.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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Well, this post might get me flamed but can you tell me who uses more than 250GB a month?

I'm thinking porn, music, or movies....but this certainly wouldn't effect me and I consider myself to be a pretty heavy user.

Do online games bring down those kinds of data amounts?

PS3? What kind of bandwidth does a PS3 playing online use?

I've wondered if 10-20GB a month would cause my ISP to send me a letter.....if there's folks out there now over 250GB, I guess I am certainly OK.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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In its announcement, Comcast said its average residential customer uses approximately 2 to 3 GB. To put its monthly limit of 250 GB in perspective, the company said that to consume that much bandwidth a customer would have to send 50 million e-mails, 62,500 songs, download 125 standard-definition movies or upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos.

That pretty much leaves me out. I guess if a guy were a really heavy user, he could have two accounts, so instead of getting cut off, he could just switch over. It almost sounds like somebody running a business. But, surely even a relatively small business wouldn't use that much.
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:18 PM
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250GB a month seems generous, until you consider how a 2 GB hard drive seemed like it would provide all of the capacity we would ever need when it was introduced for PCs about 10 years ago.

I remember having a 40 MB hard drive before that. Needs do grow over time.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:22 AM
 
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250GB a month seems generous, until you consider how a 2 GB hard drive seemed like it would provide all of the capacity we would ever need when it was introduced for PCs about 10 years ago.

I remember having a 40 MB hard drive before that. Needs do grow over time.
No doubt but my 230GB Hard drive is no where near full. I'm sure, as needs do grow, thresholds will be changed.

Do you think you'd go over that 250GB a month limit, Bowie? Again, I have no idea the data exchange involved in all the online gaming and I used to be a big gamer. It'd be an interesting number for me to see....
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I think you miss the bigger picture - literally. Comcast is positioning itself for the eventual demise of cable tv as we know it, and a huge increase in downloaded movies from places like Netflix. There are already people who are dropping cable tv and getting their news online, and entertainment through Redbox, Netflix and other online sources. 250 gig is a choke, to allow them to eventually offer "value added" at an increased cost.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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I think you miss the bigger picture - literally. Comcast is positioning itself for the eventual demise of cable tv as we know it, and a huge increase in downloaded movies from places like Netflix. There are already people who are dropping cable tv and getting their news online, and entertainment through Redbox, Netflix and other online sources. 250 gig is a choke, to allow them to eventually offer "value added" at an increased cost.
Spot on ! ! ! And make no mistake about it, every provider, every retailer, every source of entertainment. every method of making a buck is moving... taking you in that direction.

Don't despair, it's free market economics, the backbone of this country. Your options are to go along with it, find a provider with an open pipe, or start your own provider business.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:29 AM
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No doubt but my 230GB Hard drive is no where near full. I'm sure, as needs do grow, thresholds will be changed.

Do you think you'd go over that 250GB a month limit, Bowie? Again, I have no idea the data exchange involved in all the online gaming and I used to be a big gamer. It'd be an interesting number for me to see....
It's possible I would. At my house, we are heavy users of the Netflix Instant Viewing box, which burns through bandwidth at the rate of about 1 GB per hour of viewing.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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It's possible I would. At my house, we are heavy users of the Netflix Instant Viewing box, which burns through bandwidth at the rate of about 1 GB per hour of viewing.
Makes sense.

I've heard of that but I wasn't sure what kind of bandwidth it took. I'm actually a little surprised it isn't higher if the picture is high-def. Is it?
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