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Comments on news posted 2013-03-15 10:08:20: CenturyLink has confirmed with Broadband Reports that there are usage caps in place for residential users. ..

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Hazy Arc

join:2006-04-10
Greenwood, SC

Qwest Territory Only?

Do the caps apply to previous Qwest territory only? The link provided to the EUP is a Qwest subdomain, and so far, the only folks reporting notifications are in Qwest territory.


Transmaster
Don't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus

join:2001-06-20
Cheyenne, WY

Cap's and Sh*tty speeds oh Joy

Pay for speeds I don't even see, and caps fabulous. How does a VPN stream deal into this? Can anyone suggest a good useage meter?


Hazy Arc

join:2006-04-10
Greenwood, SC
Reviews:
·CenturyLink
·Embarq Now Centu..
Therein lies my gripe with caps. I'm not entirely opposed to caps, provided they are fair. But I'll be damned if you're going to charge me and/or disconnect my service because of "excessive use" but not provide an accurate way for me to determine what my use even is.


Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42
reply to Hazy Arc

Re: Qwest Territory Only?

I'll try and confirm that with them.


IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Verizon Broadban..
·Comcast

Reasonable Accomodation

I wonder if the user could get reasonable accomodation to their policies due to the fact he is blind, especially if the screen reader software is causing the excessive bandwidth or receive the bandwidth warnings via a phone call.

I myself am disabled (Autism and a mild case of Cerebral Palsy) so I know accessibility barriers very well.

me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
I doubt it, that would require them to A: care, and B: not be too lazy to implement/code that.


PeteC2
Got Mouse?
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join:2002-01-20
Bristol, CT
kudos:6
Reviews:
·Comcast

1 recommendation

reply to IowaCowboy
said by IowaCowboy:

I wonder if the user could get reasonable accomodation to their policies due to the fact he is blind, especially if the screen reader software is causing the excessive bandwidth or receive the bandwidth warnings via a phone call.

I myself am disabled (Autism and a mild case of Cerebral Palsy) so I know accessibility barriers very well.

Yeah, I read that too...and don't buy it.

C'mon now, after all the guy calls himself "Datanabber"...does that give you at least pause to ponder?...

He claims that they are inaccurate in his data usage, but then of course he claims to have no idea either...okaaay.

My sister in law is blind, and I am the guy who set up and maintains her computer with JAWS, one of the other major screen reader programs for the blind.

Any warning that might be sent by an ISP would be just as accessible to her through JAWS, as it would be to me visually.

Also, screen reader software puts literally no "hit" on copnsumed bandwidth, so that dog won't hunt.
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yolo2die

join:2001-04-21
Mountain Iron, MN

Dumb

Yeah what happens if all you have available is a 1.5 line at your location? Suppose they make you buy into more data?

IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC

what extra charges?

What are the charges for overages and what is the cost (probably a frightening amount) for business?


buddahbless

join:2005-03-21
Premium
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
reply to Hazy Arc

Re: Cap's and Sh*tty speeds oh Joy

said by Hazy Arc:

Therein lies my gripe with caps. I'm not entirely opposed to caps, provided they are fair. But I'll be damned if you're going to charge me and/or disconnect my service because of "excessive use" but not provide an accurate way for me to determine what my use even is.

Welcome to what we ATT customers have been B!tch!ng about for a over a year now. You have no data counter we have one that does not work same screwed up system. How I know ATTs does not work? I track my data usage with my Netgear router and I can say ATT has never shown the same amount as ( or even close to ) my routers monthly log.

Be glad at least you get 250 GB for anything over 1.5! with a 3.0 or 6.0 mbps line on ATT to reach 250 GB Id already be paying them an additional $20 in overage as ATT caps ALL there DSL packages to 150GB ( exception to Uverse).

patt2k

join:2009-01-16
kudos:1

Router

DD-WRT is a good data tracker


Transmaster
Don't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus

join:2001-06-20
Cheyenne, WY

1 edit
said by patt2k:

DD-WRT is a good data tracker

Thanks pattr2K, I have a D-Link 655 router I have not looked to see is there if a useage meter lurking in there some place. I know I don't come close to the 250 gig limit but I do want to keep tabs on it.
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battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

Next time be careful of what you wish for...

Everyone was upset that the large ISPs wanted to charge companies like Netflix for increasing the loads on their networks. So the went and found a way to keep them from charging for the increased use of their networks via net nuetrality.

The content providers won the net nuetrality fight but the consumer lost the war because the ISPs came up with a way to charge money for the increased usage.
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ozar
Premium
join:2008-04-13
USA
Reviews:
·Embarq Now Centu..

horrible service

My own 10 Mbps connection with CenturyLink has been so lousy for the last few years that it would be surprising to find that it's even capable of downloading a full 250 GB in one month. What a total piece of crap that just keeps on getting worse... wonder what they'll come up with next?
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oz


wherescomp

@qwest.net
reply to Hazy Arc

Re: Qwest Territory Only?

Well, here are the days of the over regulated, under delivered internet. I wish there was some kind of competition...but it seems like the major corps have made that impossible, and have won the battle.

luckmann

join:2004-06-27
Albuquerque, NM
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to PeteC2

Re: Reasonable Accomodation

There are other screen readers than JAWS. I use a combination of Window Eyes and Zoom Text and never noticed the popups. And the inaccuracy is in the sheer magnitude. On a 40mb connection it would be virtually impossible to download 1tb a day, and when I was notified on the 27th of Feb. I went and purchased my own router with a meter. It says I have used 76gb since then and I have not changed my usage at all. As to my username datanabber it was conferred on me in high school about 25 years ago and isn't relevant other than I use it occasionally as it is easy to remember and unique. I happen to be very good at finding data and facts so it was given to me by someone that called me the datanabber. At the time it had nothing to do with computers. I have since switched providers and find that my usages appears to be well below the cap that centurylink set in place. My major problem is the claim that I downloaded 3072000mb in one month.


beck
Premium,MVM
join:2002-01-29
On The Road
kudos:1

friend just called

yesterday to ask about dsl. 12Mbps and unlimited. asked again about caps and there aren't any. at least that's what she was told. I guess in a month or 2 she will find out.

Wilsdom

join:2009-08-06
reply to battleop

Re: Next time be careful of what you wish for...

Caps have nothing to do with the ISP's costs, it's just a way to increase profits

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink

30 Terabytes?

Really?

With a username of "datanabber", I wonder if this is just another one of those folks who download for the purposes of maxing out their use, 24x7, and then act surprised and outraged when their ISP takes notice.

While I wouldn't claim that 250GB caps are absolutely necessary on wired service, they certainly can be a legitimate, means to thwart abuse and allow for lower price offerings.

WernerSchutz

join:2009-08-04
Sugar Land, TX
reply to battleop

Re: Next time be careful of what you wish for...

That is why the consumer should have the government intervene and breakup those monopolies and punish collusion agreements.


toby
Troy Mcclure

join:2001-11-13
Portland, OR

Impossible to get that high on their lines

Users like myself that have the advertised 1.5 Mbps DSL lines, can not get that speed, the max achievable is about 1.21 Mbps.

That speed is only achievable in the middle of the night, during day light hours we'd be lucky to get 0.2 Mbps.

Takes a long time to reach 150 GB of downloading.

raffoutroud

join:2010-03-31
Lynnwood, WA

How quickly we forget

Why is this news Karl? You reported this already. »CenturyLink is Imposing Usage Caps

Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY
reply to elray

Re: 30 Terabytes?

30TB in one month would require a 100mbit/s connection. Well 97mbit/s and change to be precise. He says he has a 40/5 connection, so this amount of data usage is impossible even if he had the connection pegged in both directions 24/7.


Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

1 edit
reply to Hazy Arc

Re: Qwest Territory Only?

said by Hazy Arc:

Do the caps apply to previous Qwest territory only?

That would suck for us up here. Especially for us that have quite a few games on Steam (I have ~280GB of games).

..and Charter is going to pull the same crap once they officially take over.


Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
reply to patt2k

Re: Router

I agree, too. It also makes your router a bit more stable with several devices.


WiseOldBear
De gustibus non est disputandum
Premium
join:2001-11-25
Phoenix, AZ
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Nationalize All Communication Companies

Since none of the telecommunication companies or cable companies are involved with innovation, infrastructure improvement or "real" customer service ny more, the time for them to remain as for profit organizations is ended. Let the US government take them all over, create one national operation and provide service for all for free!
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patagriff

join:2013-03-15
Graham, WA
reply to Hazy Arc

Re: Cap's and Sh*tty speeds oh Joy

When I first started using torrents and began downloading far more than I had usually per month, Qwest didn't warn me at all. They just began dialing back my available bandwidth until my service was so slow it would take a month to download a movie.

My usage fell back to normal but my broadband connection speed has never returned to what it was originally.
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patagriff

Kearnstd
Space Elf
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join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
reply to battleop

Re: Next time be careful of what you wish for...

caps have always been about profits.

It is why the telcos are killing off their DSL and trying to push fixed LTE. As so far the fixed LTE solutions have horribly low caps that would be passed merely by downloading a game on Steam.
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lazy2login

@madisontelco.com
reply to luckmann

Re: Reasonable Accomodation

Something doesn't add right.

3,072,000Mb(small b) isn't 30Tera Bytes as the article suggests.
Data nabber, are those typos? If not it is more like 307.2GB, with the 8 bit/byte conv. Assuming a typo in the b/B, the number looks 10x short without another zero?


battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to Kearnstd

Re: Next time be careful of what you wish for...

Absolutely. When you force them into upgrading their networks on their dime that breaks their current business model their bean counters are going to find a way to bring things back into their model. Since Net Neutrality pretty much prohibits them from charging people like Netflix then they will find a way to charge someone. It looks like they found a way for someone to pay for it.
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