Regarding the meter not matching the Comcast meter, I went back and looked at my router logs. Unless I'm looking at it wrong, it seems the Comcast meter is much higher than what my router is reporting. I haven't really paid much attention until they started rolling out data caps. On Comcast's meter, I'm getting about 10 GB a day on average, just for streaming about 3-4 hours of mixed SD and HD content (mostly SD right now). One stream of HD is around 3GB per hour, and one hour of SD is .7 GB per hour. Since the average household watches 4-5 hours of TV per day, that would come out to be around 12-15 GB of data usage per day, just for streaming HD content. That's without playing any games online, or streaming 4K. Obviously the 300 GB cap was put in place just so they can get another $20-$30 that they lost when people cut the cord, because anyone doing streaming-only and watches the average amount of TV per day will be going over that very tiny cap. If Comcast was being fair, they would have implemented a tiered service, where people with 6mb down get 300 GB, 25 gets 500 GB down, 75 gets 700 GB down, and 150+ gets 1 TB down, and if you go over 1 TB, you pay overages. Right now, 300 GB barely meets the needs of basic streaming for a household.
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I haven't paid much attention to caps because we haven't been getting close to the caps. However, we are now streaming more movies, and video games are getting larger and larger to download (30-40 GB is not unusual for a video game these days). We've been hovering around 150-200 GB a month, but we are going to cut the cord on TV soon and go to streaming-only. We are testing it this month, and we are already at 150 GB and the month is only halfway over. I'm pretty sure our "suspended" cap used to be either 300 or 350 GB (I can't recall), but I notice it was lowered to 250 GB at some point. We are only two adults that watch TV from 6-11pm, and I play and download games, so we are probably well below what a full family would use, but it looks like with moderate streaming and game use, we are going to have to worry about that 250 GB cap in the future. They are setting the bar awfully low, considering 4k streaming and game streaming are picking up steam and video games are getting larger and more data-heavy. In a few years, 250 GB will be nothing. To boot, they've already mentioned that caps have nothing to do with infrastructure or network load, but they are merely creating an artificial limit so people will hit it and have to pay more. Due to the fact there is no competition for high speed internet in my city, there are no other options.
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