@elsant01 wrote: Also, the definition of a GB is the same as it was in 2012. And it was the same when a floppy disk was the most common way of installing software. But that isn't the point at all. What matters is that usage patterns have changed dramatically in just 3 years. Video is everywhere. You'd almost never encounter auto-playing videos, Netflix didn't have a single original show to its name, and few TVs had access to streaming services. Today, you're innundated with auto-playing video (heck, just go to paypal.com, and you'll be greeted by a full-page video background or scroll through the average social network feed), all the online video services are in a digital arms race of original content and library expansion, and almost every TV at the big box retailers include apps for all of the major video streaming services. Oh, and cord cutting is a thing. I pay for data in blocks for my family's cellular data. I'm actually okay with that. Not just because it fits our needs, but because when there is some high data use I can look at the usage of every single device on my plan. That to me is one of the most critical failures of the Comcast data caps; that I can't pull up the router and see a list of connected devices and their data usage for the month (the other major failure being that they don't scale up with the service plans... if I'm paying three times the price of their standard tier for a faster connection, my data cap should also be much higher, like in Tuscon's trial).
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I went from living in Florida and having an unregulated 250GB "cap" to a 300GB regulated cap in Atlanta. They also quadrupled my speed. The result? I've gone over 100% in the first half of every month since. Way to take the joy out of faster service.! Nothing different in my usage (besides the new ip-based X1 DVR systems in the house which they say doesn't count), yet suddenly I've gone from ~250GB of usage a month to ~750GB of use a month. If the X1 isn't the problem, I can only assume that Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube all detected the increased speed and are now delivering higher quality streams. Even more frustrating, the Xfinity router doesn't show data usage by device like pretty much any other router does so I can't even do anything about isolating the cause of the "over use." So who's the best to write? I live in an anti-consumer red state; my senators and representatives all prefer to fight for the rights of public corporations over the rights of their constituents. I feel like all I can do is suffer through it and wait for the Google Fiber rollout in Atlanta.
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