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Old 05-07-2011, 05:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have Suddenlink cable. We do not have a cap, and my buddy (installation tech for Suddenlink) said he has yet to hear anything about a possible cap. My 10mbps connection led me to download ~130GB last month. Suddenlink did however call to "express their concern" that I may be infected with viruses and/or spyware 'cause I was using close to double the average bandwidth. I told them I used that bandwidth to download stuff, they said, "As long as you know you're the one using the bandwidth, alright." I love Suddenlink, but they need to up the speeds... 10mbps is the fastest here. I know they have the capabilities to upgrade, 'cause we're so close to the local backbone.
I remember when moving to 1.5meg was a gigantic deal for me (coming from dialup). I am on a 12meg line now and am pleased as punch. More would be welcomed but is not needed at this point.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I remember when moving to 1.5meg was a gigantic deal for me (coming from dialup). I am on a 12meg line now and am pleased as punch. More would be welcomed but is not needed at this point.
I mean, yeah 10mb is great, and definitely better than what I had before, 5mb. After having an almost 70mb connection, everything seems slow.

56k to 800k to 1.5mb to 12mb to 69mb to 1.5mb to 5mb to 10mb. My connections in a "timeline" of what I have had.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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In the UK we are predominantly ADSL and ADSL2+ and when the broadband explosion happened lots of small local ISP's started up using a tiny fiber connection to the DSLAM or MSAN in the exchange, roughly 10Mb was the average connection in the exchange per 100 customers now that's fine during the day when most people are at work but in the 5pm - 7pm data surge that 10Mb connection get's hammered by 100 people all wanting to use data intensive services so the bandwidth cap was imposed 15 - 20 GB per month now for email and browsing that's a good amount.

BUT now we are in a on demand world, IPTV services, Online Gameing and various other services are becoming the norm and the cap has moved upwards but not by much, 50 - 75GB is the average cap but considering a friend of mine was recently told to stop using Xbox Live by one of the large ISP's because he had the temerity to use 100Gb traffic a month on a supposedly unlimited service is a joke.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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A new company just took over in our area offering 2x the down and 5x the up...So far no limit on total usage, I guess we will see... 10$ cheaper too, looking at there website they also have a ultra premium line at 100Mbps. Crazy?
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If I'm capped I've never noticed it, and I'm on Comcast, we all know how evil they are
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I have no cap per se but it's hard to download much when you only have a 1.5M connection.
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I'm capped at 125GB and haven't ever hit it so I don't mind. At 50Mbps down it is easy to get to for a family of 4+ but I'm not really able to hit it by myself.
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I have a 50down something or other up, no cap but I don't see the full bandwidth unless it's like a Monday night at 3 am. I'm on Cox Digital.
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If the company can not supply you with full speed, they should not be able to legally sale the package to you.

If they want to do caps, they need to look at how much a connection can actually do in a month, then cut a third off and throw that number onto it as the cap. I have 1.5mbps with a 500mb cap, paying over $100 a month for it, and there ARE times I can feel the internet slowing down, but that is VERY rare. I can do a monthly cap in a few hours... So no, it isn't right, especially when it feels like companies are working together to force this on us.

3 miles down the road, everyone has 10+ mbps cable with tv and phone, here, no DSL, no cable, just phone lines, have to get satellite TV, and satellite internet, and pay $80 a MONTH for phone service, $40 a month for TV, and $100 a month for internet.

Many people here have brought it up to the local cable offices that we are all paying x3 as much as we should to other companies, why do they not run lines and get all that pretty money in a month easily? You can't tell me because they can't justify costs when 40+ house holds have AT LEAST one satellite tv package, and one satellite internet package.

In one month that's ~$8800 that we (everyone that has actually tried getting cable lines ran on this single road) are spending, when it could be half that, all going into a single company, so these companies must be working together on this bull crap.
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