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Old 04-02-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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I'll be leaving Time Warner as well when this gets instituted. I believe people underestimate just how little data 5GB is these days. I downloaded a single Windows update for my machine that was 255MB...under a 5GB plan...5% of my bandwidth is gone in a Flash. Are they going to forgive the enormous amount of email SPAM that we get that we never asked for...NO. Are they going to forgive their own ping data that they're sending out constantly...probably not. Forget about downloading your favorite Podcasts nightly. Forget about the snazzy Netflix Roku box that streams those 'Free' movies that are no longer Free with this travesty. Unfortunately, a lot of people have few options because U-Verse isn't available to them and quite honestly they will follow suit at some point. How about constant virus updates that we get constantly just to provide a reasonable amount of 'security' (or at least a false peace-of-mind) for our machines. 10-15MB here and there adds up very quickly. I don't mind a reasonable cap...but this is ridiculous. Time Warner can't even provide a decent Movie-On-Demand list.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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a "super-tier" with 100 Gb's? that's not really all that hard of a level to reach, even for those only at a moderate techy geek level
NG users can easily hit that in a week or two
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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This is an outrage, The internet has grown to what it is today because of unlimited usage. We wouldn't have streaming TV shows and video game level downloads if this was still the early-internet era of AOL's limit on the # of hours used per month. This is just greed. They're doing it because they can. They're gonna severely cripple the whole damn internet because of this greed. More and more sites stream higher levels of content all the time.

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I believe people underestimate just how little data 5GB is these days.
This is how you kill 40Gb's quickly without piracy:
1. Hulu, Youtube, and other legal stream sites
2. Online DVD rentals like Netflix, up to and including HD rentals
3. Online news sites and financials sites that require constant live feeds and intensively use video
4. Online games. Seems like no prob at first, but wait until the next update comes out for you to download, or you're playing XBL with a bonus level for you to download.


I mention piracy because TW is implying that only pirates use high quantities of GB every month, and that's a lie. As the internet evolves to be more multi-media, so does the amount of bandwidth it uses increases with it.

In their efforts to add a few more millions to their profits, they're gonna cost the internet as a whole billions.
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have Internet America. It cost to set it up with the broad band antenna on your house (very small antenna) but I pay $41/month for the lowest package. There is no limit on bandwidth (YET!!).
That may sound like a lot per month but I have no other choice out in the boonies where I live.
It may be worth looking into.
What type of speed are you getting from that?
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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What type of speed are you getting from that?

They have three different packages. I had the "middle" package when I started and switched to the lowest one. I did notice a VERY small slow down.

I can't give you any numbers as far as download and upload times but it is fast enough for me and my family. I have a T1 at work, it isn't that fast but it is close. We can download a song in anywhere from 10 - 60 seconds.
I switched from dial up so anything would be faster .

Do you have a website where I can check the speed? If so, I will check it when I get home this evening. Although, a tech from Internet America told me those weren't accurate with the broad band
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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They're turning the free information super highway into a toll road......
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:34 PM
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They're turning the free information super highway into a toll road......
The information superhighway has never been free.

It is not all that bad. You get to pay based on what you use. I think the caps that TW is proposing are rather low and may come back to bite them. The folks that are consuming excessive amounts need to pay their share, rather than be subsidized by those that use much less.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:14 AM
 
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They have three different packages. I had the "middle" package when I started and switched to the lowest one. I did notice a VERY small slow down.

I can't give you any numbers as far as download and upload times but it is fast enough for me and my family. I have a T1 at work, it isn't that fast but it is close. We can download a song in anywhere from 10 - 60 seconds.
I switched from dial up so anything would be faster .

Do you have a website where I can check the speed? If so, I will check it when I get home this evening. Although, a tech from Internet America told me those weren't accurate with the broad band
Just google "bandwidth test" or "Speed test"...there are quite a few!
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:20 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Just google "bandwidth test" or "Speed test"...there are quite a few!
Oh man! Those are huge blows to my self-confidence when I run those. Dang AT&T!!
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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great googly moogly, the socialists are invading everywhere..

just go here: Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test and you can post your results

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