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Written by Fareed "TurboGoat" Guyot   
Saturday, 30 August 2008

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LIke to kill excessivley with Halo 3?  Kill your favorite solo as you play Rock Band online with friends?  Your internet gaming may actually kill your online access.  Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider and one of the largest internet providers has announced a cap on monthly internet usage.  On October 1, 2008 Comcast will now start enforcing a 250GB per month limit on data usage for its residential broadband customers in an effort to crack-down on what the company says is "excessive" use by "1%" of its broadband users.  Read Comcast's exessive use explanation here.

 

Comcast says most of their customers' usage only reaches 2-3GB a month but they say the limit will prevent excessive users from bogging down service for its other customers.  Critics were quick to show disappointment and dismay over the policy for several reasons:  Many say that an excessive downloader today may be an average user in the future as online data offerings such as HD video continue to improve.  Others say the move, like similar policies enacted recently by other broadband providers, is an effort to protect their cable TV offerings that are increasingly being bypassed as online media offerings such as TV and Films increase.

The policy is fraught with consumer traps since Comcast will only contact customers if they exceed the usage limit.  The first time a user exceeds the limit they will be issued a warning.  If the user exeeds the lmit a second time within a six-month period their service will be terminated and they cannot apply for service again for a period of one year.  Comcast leaves it up to the customer to monitor their own usage by suggesting they download a "broadband meter" from the internet.  Comcast says on its website that it has no plans in the future to offer metered service a la your electric company or tiered service.

Comcast claims that excessive users often exceed the usage of their business-class customers that have T-1 lines and that most users can triple their usage and still not even come close to exceeding the new limit.

 Online activity that may cause your Comcast service to be termed excessive:

  • Send 50 million emails (at 0.05 KB/email)
  • Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
  • Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
  • Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)

 

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1shot1kill, Author
I'm kinda confused how gaming could be a cause though as its not really explained...

I guess if you uploaded 10,000 High Res images a month of you pwning people to your bungie.net account although that would take so much time you wouldnt be able to even play..
 Posted 2008-09-02 14:06:52
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