said by amungus:You're assuming one would use their connection full bore 24/7 which is not true even on a 3 Mbps tier. Vudu HDX uses maybe 8 bps and at $6 a pop for those movies you aren't doing that very much. Netflix tops out at 4800 kbps. And not every Netflix enabled device can do 1080p.
Simple math: 150GB divided by 30 days = 5GB per day of use.
Say you have the 3Mbps service, which is 384KB/sec.
(5 gigabytes) / (384 KBps) = 3.79259259 hours
..........3.79 hours per day of full speed use.
Put another way, (150 gigabytes) / (30 days) = 60.6814815 KBps (continual use). This is probably the ugliest number to consider.
I propose, in all seriousness that we strongly examine that number in bold print above, and below. It is a complete sham. We need serious discussions over use for a household, and for future growth.
Let's look at a cable package at 20Mbps, with a 300GB cap, just to be generous, for those who have something close to that.
20Mbps = 2560 KBps
300GB by 30 = 10GB/day
(300 gigabytes) / (2560 KBps) = 1.42222222 days
(10 gigabytes) / (2560 KBps) = 1.13777778 hours
DSL @ 3Mbps w/150GB cap = 3.79Hrs/day use, or 60.68KBps
Cable @ 20Mbps w/300GB cap = 1.14Hrs/day use, or 121.36 KBps
Sure, from one perspective, you get a larger file much faster. From another perspective, you cannot sustain your connection for as great a time without concern for hitting a cap.
See the problem here??? It's a total mess, that most people, when viewing the information in this manner start to say "wait, so you sold me a faster connection, that I can't use as often?"
Sure, not everyone uses their connection this way, but when we start hearing about bills introduced that include lingo like "control upload and download" (no mention of speed, or time, by the way), I have to wonder what good it really is for anyone, including Grandma.
We're being sold literally a fraction of the supposed "speed package" that gets touted.
Also, fair notice. My head is in pain today. If my math is broken anywhere here, please correct me and I'll amend.