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PostSubject: Comcast to cap useage   Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:10 am

Can anyone tell me how the below article could effect gamers (specifically AoC)? I don't have a full understanding of how this works and how much data is trasfered during in-game playtime. But if I need to change providers I surely will. I appreciate any input you guys might have.

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Comcast to Cap Broadband Use Starting in October
by Jeff Gamet, 9:15 AM EDT, August 29th, 2008


Cable and broadband Internet provider Comcast is prepping to start limiting the amount of data its subscribers can send and receive beginning on October 1. The company will cap its Internet subscribers at 250GB per month in what it is presenting as a move to improve overall performance for all of its broadband users.

According to Comcast's data limiting FAQ Web page, "If a customer exceeds more than 250GB and is one of the heaviest data users who consume the most data on our high-speed Internet service, he or she may receive a call from Comcast's Customer Security Assurance (CSA) group to notify them of excessive use."

While the prospect of monthly Internet data caps may seem limiting to some users, Comcast claims that more than 99 percent of its customers use far less than the 250GB cap. According to the company's data, "the median data usage by Comcast High-Speed Internet customers is approximately 2 to 3GB each month. This reflects typical residential use of the service for purposes such as sending and receiving e-mail, surfing the Internet, and watching streaming video."

Subscribers that are tagged as excessive users by going over the monthly 250GB limit more than twice in a six month period could see their service suspended for a year.

The Internet service provider sees the 250GB cap as more than adequate for almost all of its users. As an example, Comcast said that users would have to send 50 million emails, download 62,500 4MB songs, download 125 2GB standard definition movies, or upload 25,000 10MB digital images to hit their monthly limit.

Comcast has previously come under fire for throttling user bandwidth and disrupting P2P connections without warning. At one point, the company denied the action, but later agreed to stop the practice and joined with other companies to begin working on a list of rights for P2P users.

Even though it appears that the majority of Comcast's broadband users won't ever hit the 250GB ceiling, the forced limit won't likely sit well with many users, especially those that rely on their Comcast Internet connection for exchanging large business-related files. With clearly defined limits and rules, however, it will be easier for users to stay within Comcast's limits and avoid surprise phone calls from the company.

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PostSubject: Re: Comcast to cap useage   Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:35 am

I don't think a gamer will be anywhere near their caps. This is a retaliation for the government forbidding them from blocking/interfering with torrent users. Comcast complains that a small minority of their subscribers tie up a majority of their network bandwidth sending and recieving movies and porn. I have a friend who also uses torrents to trade a lot of music.

If you ever played WoW, they use a torrent-based patcher and it used to take forever to download patches... because Comcast was deliberately impeding it. They have no idea whether somebody is using torrents for an innocent use or send/recieve gigabytes of data per hour.

Now, since they can't impede specific protocols, they are capping bandwidth. I know that they don't want to antagonize their regular customer base, and as long as they don't set the bar too low, this could actually end up being a good thing for most of us.

I just hope their caps are based on long term averages, not daily. I'd hate to get shut down in the middle of digitally downloading a game patch or expansion. Still, I think the people they are targeting transfer many times the volume of data we do and it is often illegal (pirated) or adult material.
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PostSubject: Re: Comcast to cap useage   Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:00 pm

Awesome. Thanks. This is kinda what I was assuming, but I didn't want to just risk it or move to a lesser provider based on assumptions. So I am glad I asked. Thanks again.

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PostSubject: Re: Comcast to cap useage   Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:22 pm

Well, I think it is still something we need to keep an eye on though. Why? Well, my son and I both play. If we both have to download patches, play, and use Vent or Teamspeak while playing it could add up. I know you are in the same situation. Since their meter is going to be per household, it could still be a concern even if we don't approach their limits as individual players.

They may have a better product on their Internet side, but they are also gambling with their cable TV customers... if they harrass someone for bandwidth, they can't expect to keep their business on the TV side. Comcast actually has a lot tougher competition in most areas on that side. The more services they have subscribed per household, the more profitable they are. They could really hurt themselves by being too aggressive on this.
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PostSubject: Re: Comcast to cap useage   Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:55 pm

Yea don't worry about it. Our shopping cart which is super busy doesn't even hit 200gb a month.


I switched from comcast to qwest dsl because I got sick of comcasts rate hikes.

Sure 8mbps is nice, but not 65/month nice.

I got qwest dsl 1.5mbps AND phone service for 65/month. I can play all games fine with great ping, and if I feel like it, I can download a movie from the pirate bay, it just takes longer.
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PostSubject: Re: Comcast to cap useage   Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:08 am

Lol nice!!!
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