I'm just wandering, just how much of that bandwidth do you actually use ? A I know of some providers with no more than that.
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I do use a lot though. Streaming videos throughout the day uses a fair amount of bandwidth.
We haven't always had good internet here in Las Vegas. For the longest time (until a few months ago), we were stuck with Cox Cable, and those people are the devil. Fairly low bandwidth caps, internet always going offline, and the moment you reach your bandwidth cap, your internet speeds are reduced considerably.
What's more, is my side of town (South side of Vegas) is the first to receive Centurylink's Fiber Optic service. I'm happy to have the net that I do; before I had Fiber, I used Cox's cable internet and it was about the same price, for much slower speeds.
Companies in the U.S. started putting bandwidth caps on people's internet around 5 years ago. Before that, there were almost no service providers capping people's net.
Once these companies realized they could make money by doing this, nearly all of them put some cap in place, and they used the excuse that by limiting or punishing people who reached their bandwidth cap, the service providers would be able to offer their services to people's homes who live in much more secluded areas. An example of this would be someone living in the middle-of-nowhere, in Louisiana, out in the swamps.
At one point I lived in Louisiana, and the only service provider we were able to get, was AT&T and the only service they offered us, was DSL 10mb download with 5mb upload. When we first had their DSL, they had no bandwidth cap. When they introduced their cap though, it was something like 100gigs (which goes very quickly when 3 people are watching netflix, playing games, and downloading stuff) and every 10gigs over that 100gig cap, we had to pay $5. This increased our bill by a ton. We originally paid $55 a month for their DSL and after the bandwidth cap was introduced, our bill went up to $125.
Needless to say, AT&T is a horrible company, that treats their customers like garbage. They abuse their customers, and rip them off. I hope they go out of business. These companies that introduced bandwidth caps on their internet services, are greedy pigs, who deserve to be put out of business.
Yes I live in Serbia now, when I lived in Canada, there was dial up only, sometimes 1995 i guess when internet started (Simpatico.com). Here we have data caps on 3G internet only. I'm paying about 15 US bucks for this 15/3, no cap internet, it's WiFi @ 5.4 GHz. Cable is pits here a bit away from capital and downtown, so for now it's best I can get although main communication fiber cable is 20 yards or so in front of my house. Comparing to may Atari pocket modem at 300 Baud in '80s and BBSes at that time, anything is great.
As for your earlier question, how much of my bandwidth do I ACTUALLY use? It's hard to say, as I have never monitored it. I would like to think I don't come close to using even half of it, let alone more. Between streaming on twitch, downloading and uploading, watching things on YouTube on my T.V. and my wife using her iPad or iPhone, I'm not sure.
Recently I've been playing a lot of different games on Steam, and streaming those to my twitch account. One of the main things I get to enjoy now, is being able to almost instantly play any new game I buy, because it takes so little time to download anything I purchase.
I recently re-downloaded and installed World of Warcraft, which -fully upgraded- was around 30gigs, and that took me about 25 minutes to download.
I hope some day soon that everyone is able to enjoy the same internet speed that I currently have. It makes using the internet that much more enjoyable.