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Old 06-02-2008, 09:03 PM
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That is no doubt one of the reasons they are doing it.
Competition from Apple TV is another.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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40GB per month for the fastest plan? That's what, 11 minutes of downloading per day? I have a contract and I've been very happy with TW's speeds and reliability, but I'll bail out immediately if they set the limit at anything below 100GB per month. And *that's* pushing it ...
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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It's just a market test and I'm sure they will realize it's not a smart move. Besides, first company that implements that will lose all their customers because their competitors will advertise their policy of unlimited BW..
and it is stupid to give me this crazy fast RR Turbo connection and complain about me actually using it. I don't even bother looking at file sizes anymore because it doesn't really matter. A 100 Mb file is about the equivalent of a large .jpg back in the bad old days.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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I never trully download anything at the speeds they offer, due to the fact that even if downloading multiple files, you are limited to the upload speed of the server/pc you are downloading from.
I do way too much online to have someone try to cap my internets. I'll be capped on my movie downloads, music downloads, and r0x0ring your b0x0rs on teh gaming scene.
What next? Roll over bytes?
I'll just hack into rd2007's wireless connection and get my internets for free!
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I know it's a test, but I'm no longer looking at them as an option for my ISP. I'll go with DSL or u-verse.
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I see that Comcast is now considering this as well. It's also fairly common in Europe (metering). What will folks do if most, or even ALL, providers switch to this eventually?
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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Demand drives business. If the major ISPs won't offer the public what they want, then someone new will come along and steal their customers away from them.

The record labels got away with charging $20+ for a CD for years, but along came the Internet and CD burners and now they're starting to budge. But it may be too little, too late, as major artists are starting to cut the labels out of the picture altogether.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Demand being the KEY word. Will there even be a demand? Most folks will come nowhere near the limits that are being rumored.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:34 PM
 
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You can max out the 40GB limit by simply streaming a single 128k radio station 24/7. I almost always have BBC6 and/or Indie 103.1 streaming on my home theater system and various computers around my house. You can also max it out by watching 2 Netflix movies each day. Once they switch to HD movies it may drop below one movie per day. And keep in mind that those figures are for the people who pay top dollar for the fastest service. Those on the slower service will hit the ceiling at 1/8 of those figures. And this doesn't count normal web browsing, e-mail, uploads, etc.

Consumer demand for bandwidth is going nowhere but up. And I'll bet you a beer that most non-geek parents have *no idea* how much bandwidth their kids are consuming. They may be in for a rude awakening.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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He did note that, for the 95 percent of normal users, a 40GB cap is "probably enough." Guess he's talking out his arse.
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