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Old 06-03-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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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.

And that's why I'm a GEEK and PROUD!
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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I have 6 PCs in my house, not to mention 3 NDS, PS3, PSP, and Wii that all hook up to the wifi. Not to mention PCs I work on on the side that require updates and software downloads. It shouldn't be too hard to hit the limit.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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I've never felt any need or desire to monitor my Internet usage, but I installed the latest version of the Tomato firmware on my router yesterday because of its logging/graphing capabilities. It says I've used 3.53GB so far today. I can't remember any big downloads, so I assume my kids are responsible for most of the activity.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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It's up to you guys in Texas to save the rest of us. Let TW know that you'll drop them like a warm **** if they pull that stunt. I called my local TW cable and they said they didn't know anything about it. (BULL)
The on-line movies and TV shows are cutting into their cable TV business. Thank goodness for DirectTV and DSL.
You can bet everyone else is watching how they fare in Beaumont.
Hold the line.
Remember the Alamo!
Don't Mess with Texas!
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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I can't remember any big downloads, so I assume my kids are responsible for most of the activity.
See the top comic in the link below for the explanation.

The Return of the Lone Iguana: A ... - Google Book Search
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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This article says AT&T is going to test usage-based pricing, too.

AT&T Embraces BitTorrent, May Consider Usage-Based Pricing | Epicenter from Wired.com

I think monkeys will fly out of my butt before AT&T bills me only when my phone is in use. And I doubt Time Warner will ever allow me to pay only for the television programming I actually watch.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Default Limiting internet useage....affect SA soon?

It has begun...is it only a matter of time for the others to follow here in SA? 250 GB sounds like a decent amount though..what do you think? What's scary is that one will receive a call for the first overage...then if 2 overages are discovered within a 6 month time frame...suspended for one year!!!

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, said on Thursday it will cap customers' Internet usage starting October 1, in a bid to ensure the best service for the vast majority of its subscribers.
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Comcast said it was setting a monthly data usage threshold of 250 gigabytes per account for all residential high-speed Internet customers, or the equivalent of 50 million e-mails or 124 standard-definition movies.

Comcast to limit customers' broadband usage - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080829/wr_nm/comcast_internet_dc - broken link)
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Did you catch that bit in there about Time Warner- "it would run a trial of billing Internet subscribers based on usage rather than a flat fee."

I would think this would go over like a lead balloon. I hate the idea of any of these people limiting use or considering charging for use this way.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Did you catch that bit in there about Time Warner- "it would run a trial of billing Internet subscribers based on usage rather than a flat fee."

I would think this would go over like a lead balloon. I hate the idea of any of these people limiting use or considering charging for use this way.
I don't think that anyone really likes the idea, but I suspect that this is what providers are gravitating towards. It's quite common in Europe.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:48 AM
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Location: Ohio
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The cable companies are concerned about IP Video services like Apple TV from competing against their primary product and reducing the incentive to sign up for pay TV services. They don't want their broadband product to be the one delivering the competition to the subscriber. To avoid drawing the ire of regulators, this is all being presented as an effort to prevent subscribers from over-consuming broadband. That's why most of the noise about this is coming from legacy cable providers rather than telephone companies.
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