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May 6, 2011
got this letter today and thought it was strange. i remember reading stories about how comcast and at&t tried to set up monthly bandwidth caps and it got massive customer feedback (negative, obv). i think it's pretty weird how huge company's like that pulled back on a cap, and yet someone relatively small is now trying to do it.
and 43gb? really? atleast when comcast and att were trying to do it the cap was 150-200 iirc.
i call bs on that number anyway. one netflix movie is like 3gb+
now, i don't get the "this is the cap, or else" vibe from the letter or anything. more like a 'calm down bro' but still, it's pretty dumb imo.
wanna see if anyone else has had the same thing from suddenlink and if they actually made you change your package after a while.
inb4 get a blog
I got one of those
Tbh I wouldn't worry about it until they actually start capping.
I don't see how they can advertise unlimited internet, and send you these nag letters, claiming you have an insecure wireless or malware.
43 GB isnt that much these days with streaming HD and most games now (like WoW) being digitally distributed.
Edited by Bearodactyl on 5/26/2011 1:19 AM PDT
sour about that terabyte usage.
and yeah, i asked around and it doesn't seem like there's anything to worry about (yet)
i live in a pretty small town in east texas..so if they do decide to cap monthly bandwidth there's not really any other alternatives for me >_<
hopefully i'll be moved out of texas by then :P
Honestly, most of Texas would riot if we got capped bandwidth. Gas and booze are expensive these days. With Netflix, hulu, steam, etc even an average, not really gaming family can burn a lot of bandwidth.
I know TWC (Roadrunner) almost had an implosion testing a bandwidth cap in AUSTIN of all places. Yeah. Not gonna fly.
You got mad at that letter?
I wish my ISP would be like that. Granted, they are probably trying to deal with some infrastructure overload and are taking measures to try to reduce the workload. It doesn't sound like they are telling you that you're limited, but instead that your connection is churning out more than double the average.
I'm sure a lot of people probably discovered unauthorized use (router hacking) or even spyware apps if they followed the instructions. Either of those outcomes are good.
^ This pretty much sums it up. I am thinking though that smaller companies need to more closely monitor their GB usage. It's good they aren't threatening you about going over the cap. These days, that is bound to happen almost everywhere.
I guess the biggest concern anyone should have about net providers is connection. I know of some that are horrible. I use comcast (xfinity?) when I was playing Lineage 2 and my husband and I got D/C'ed all of the time when our cable router would try to update itself. It was annoying. I understand why those sort of things happen, but they are annoying nonetheless.
Thankfully our connection doesn't have D/C's like that anymore...
I read it more as, "Your usage spiked beyond your normal usage, are you clean?" Were I a provider and I noted that a customers monthly usage more then doubled, I would take notice of it myself.
It just looks like they are more concerned with the possible security issues of your usage doubling then with you using that much.
55 Undead Warrior
This is where I call bs, because I just recieved the EXACT TO A T letter, "43 average vs 100+ gb" It seems to me that if you have to redownload sc2 or wow or any game 5+ gb while watching netflix, playing xbox live, and checking facebook/watching youtube videos (you know, usual stuff) all in one month ISP's can get pretty upset even though I'm paying for UNLIMITED bandwidth. Go figure. Same with AT&T, I had a jailbroken iPhone, used it to tether my laptop before Suddenlink, and they billed me extra for giving my laptop internet through my phone WHEN I PAY FOR UNLIMITED DATA. Inb4 tethering makes a difference.
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