digip Posted September 19, 2008 Share Posted September 19, 2008 Just got my email from Comcast letting me know about their new AUP. Comcast Dear Comcast High-Speed Internet Customer, We appreciate your business and strive to provide you with the best online experience possible. One of the ways we do this is through our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The AUP outlines acceptable use of our service as well as steps we take to protect our customers from things that can negatively impact their experience online. This policy has been in place for many years and we update it periodically to keep it current with our customers' use of our service. On October 1, 2008, we will post an updated AUP that will go into effect at that time. In the updated AUP, we clarify that monthly data (or bandwidth) usage of more than 250 Gigabytes (GB) is the specific threshold that defines excessive use of our service. We have an excessive use policy because a fraction of one percent of our customers use such a disproportionate amount of bandwidth every month that they may degrade the online experience of other customers. 250 GB/month is an extremely large amount of bandwidth and it's very likely that your monthly data usage doesn't even come close to that amount. In fact, the threshold is approximately 100 times greater than the typical or median residential customer usage, which is 2 to 3 GB/month. To put it in perspective, to reach 250 GB of data usage in one month a customer would have to do any one of the following: * Send more than 50 million plain text emails (at 5 KB/email); * Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song); or * Download 125 standard definition movies (at 2 GB/movie). And online gamers should know that even the heaviest multi- or single-player gaming activity would not typically come close to this threshold over the course of a month. In addition to modifying the excessive use policy, the updated AUP contains other clarifications of terms concerning reporting violations, newsgroups, and network management. the threshold is approximately 100 times greater than the typical or median residential customer usage, which is 2 to 3 GB/month. - Not sure how that works for people who work from home, but it does seem like the average user probably uses more than 3gig/month. I mean, I probably use that much in a 2 week period, so a month would get me somewhere around the 6-7gig mark. Still, I don't think I will ever come close to 250 gig, but if they are putting a cap on it at 250, I want to know who these customers are that go over it, and what kind of bandwith they get, because I get pretty crappy speed compared to some people I know on Comcast. Im almost ready to go to Fios, only, I have one year left on my lease and do not need to be locked into any contracts. Especially with Verizon. I hate them more than I hate Comcast, only I like their network speeds a lot more than what I have now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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