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Re: Unlimited Bandwidth Entitlement - Who pays?
First, I'm slightly disappointed in this thread, it has *slightly* delivered, but only slightly. I was hoping that more discussion would take place in the time I was gone, oh well.
As for the ones that burn through 500GB+ a month, even I, one who runs an inhouse file server with 1.5TB of storage, would have problems doing that, unless I start doing anime downloads, which are legal as long as they're not licensed. I honestly can't speak for them, as even trying my hardest, I haven't been able to break 350GB in a month. They are justified in complaining, but not as much as they might, and definitely not getting irate with the service rep who is only doing the job they're ordered to.
A reasonable limit? I actually like Comcast's sliding caps, *however* I do feel they should publish the way that the caps are determined per region. Not necessarily the caps themselves, but a tool that we can use to estimate the caps. I would also absolutely LOVE something online that shows our total usage out of the modem. As of right now, I don't have the capability to monitor how much I use during gaming on my Xbox/Xbox360 as none of the cool firmware hacks work on my Linksys WRT54GS (v.5 gg).
A commercial account should really only be needed for commercial use, i.e. running a server, or something you need true SLA uptime of 99%+. Bandwidth usage shouldn't be an issue when deciding whether or not to get a commercial or residential account.
You all seem confused. The god's gift to these forums I was referring to was myself. Come on people, just look at my post prose and rhythm, it's glorious!
In all seriousness though, Comcast might crap on a few here or there, but they probably have decent reasoning behind it. However, I also feel that it's Comcast's duty to upgrade bandwidth and associated caps for the future as as things like NetFlix download service and the XBLA download service take off. I'm not saying do it and do it now, but letting the public know of your upgrade plans would go a long way towards tempering a lot of the random crap we see in here.