Comcast Displays 1Gbps Speeds At Cable Show

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d3v

LOL @250GB bandwidth cap. I have a 1mbps connection and my usage for june so far is around 140GB.

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Brock Kane

"We're not sure that 1Gbps is really practical for everyday use yet."

What a stupid statement. It's their way of saying to the lamen...."Well, you really don't need this speed, no need for it!" Just to get the pressure off their backs by the most of us that really want it and sometimes need it. Like someone else mentioned, it would be like a "safety net" to have it when you need it.

But you gotta love these higher ups in the High Speed Internet biz, they try to convince us, we don't need it!

They, Comcrap can kiss my a--!

I have a need, a need for High Speed Internet! Enough one or 2 megs per year upgrades. Show us some real speed!

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someuid

Well, it looks like capping bandwidth and charging overage charges is paying off - it funded the development and deployment of this new tech!  Gosh, those CEOs are so smart.

/sarcasm_off

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Happy

Doped fiber optics can provide 16 terabytes of data per second. Why are we having to put up with this crappy  slow internet?!

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dgrmouse

It's probably also worth mentioning that when most folks signed on w/ Comcast for internet service, they were sold a product proudly billed as "unlimited."  No filtering, no caps, always-on, etc.

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DDRDiesel

In my opinion, the data caps these companies are imposing are absolutely absurd.  With websites getting larger everyday (Including something as simple as the home page!), TV/movie streaming becoming much more mainstream (You see what I did there?), and almost everything being delivered through the internet nowadays, a cap like 250GB is ludicrous.

 

I would LOVE these speeds, although they won't get put to use every day.  It's more like a safety net.  Something that tells me, "Hey, you don't need me right now, but when the time comes, I'm here for you."  Makes me feel better knowing my bandwidth won't choke up when I try to play a game over XBox LIVE or watch a movie in HD on Netflix (That reminds me, has anyone else noticed the HD selection from Netflix dwindling bit by bit?).

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fredro

So, just how much pornography and illegal music/movies are you downloading to hit a 250 GB cap?  Jeebus man, perhpas you would be more comfortable with a pay-as-you go plan?  Also, if you don't think the infrastructure and servers are expensive to maintaion for these companies, then you should do a little more research.  Yeah, I just defended them.  Good day, sir.

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theabsinthehare

I live with four other people, each having a computer, a wi-fi device (phones/ipods), and two of us have netflix accounts. Between all of us, every day, at least five shows are watched over Netflix's streaming service, one of which is HD. The bitrate of Netflix's HD stream is just over 2GB per hour, which means a family (or group of unrelated people in my case) of 5 will hit the cap after just 48 minutes of HD video watched per day each. We're not hitting the cap yet (We're around 170GB per month) but as more shows are streamed in HD, I don't see it being very difficult. Keep in mind this is without regular surfing, youtube (which has the same bitrate for its HD), gaming (especially streaming services like OnLive) or cloud usage (which is set to become a big thing).

This makes me feel that the reason for these caps is to curb the use of Netflix and other streaming services to keep cable television attractive. I've been prepared to ditched cable for a while and I think the cable companies are aware that that sentiment is wide spread.

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Biceps

Absinthehare, while I feel your pain, you are basically saying that, by living with 5 urelated people, you are most likely also paying only a fifth of a cable bill each.  Paying what I pay (60 bucks a month or so, split between my girlfriend and myself) and getting 125 gigs each a month (250 divided by 2) seems fine.  you are paying what, like 10 or 12 dollars each for 50 gigs a month?  Sounds fair to me.

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Biceps

I'm normally not the first person to jump to the defense of the evil corporations - just check my past rants to confirm - but I am with fredo on this one, at least for the time being.

I believe that 250GB cap is perfectly reasonalbe by todays standards of consumer usage.  Now, I know someone is going to flame out and tell me that they have the right to back up their home server to the cloud every month, and that will make them exceed their cap.  Bullshit.  If you have a home server that you need to back up every month, then you are not an average (or even normal) user.  If you are downloading 250 GB a month from newgroups (I mean backing up your server, right?? HA!) then you are not a normal user.

A normal user can content themeslves with downloading no more video (cough-porn-cough) than they could possibly physically watch in a month. So, I believe that by today's standards of usage, a 250GB cap is absolutely fair.

However, as technology progresses and we start seeing even higher-def video, streaming 3D HD video, more streaming game services, and even - someday - virtual reality in an MMO format, it is clear that the bandwidth demand of the naverage consumer will increase drastically.  Companies like comcast can then choose to raise the cap, or to introduce tiered service.  We all know which option they are going to choose, and that is the point when I will become uncomfortable with the current cap of 250. 

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stevinp

If I stream movies from Comcast and go over my limit, will they shut me down because they are making too much money renting me movies; I bet not.  Unlimited should be unlimited, otherwise the term breach of contract and bait and switch comes to my mind.  If only 1% of the users go over 250 gigs then what is the problem.  The real problem I think is they keep trying to add customer base without increasing their capacity.  I am sure I have never ever downloaded 250 gigs of data a month, but I can see going now that I have Netflix, I sometimes watch for hours on the weekends.  Poor ol' AT&T and the Iphone, it just uses so much bandwitdth we have to put a cap on it.  Then why the hell do you require anyone buying a smart phone to purchase a data plan if you don't have the bandwidth to service them????  Perhaps if we could get about 10-20 million people to cancel their service over the next 6 months maybe we could get their attention.  I can offer them a few ways to save bandwidth. 

1. I don't need the 50 channels of digital music you can save that

2. I don't need any channels that are not in HD - block those from my box and save the bandwidth.

3.  Offer a la carte cable service.  Instead of 200 channels I probably currently receive that should cut me down to the 50-60 channels I actually watch at one time or another during the month.  You just save yourself 75% of the bandwidth you are sending my way.

Here is one for all of them explain to me "exactly" what is considered data. 3 tv's on at the same time for 8 hrs each day watching different shows/movies/streaming/netflix.  How do I know where I stand??? 

I have Time Warner since where I live they are the only game in town.  Slower service than Cox or Comcast, no competition, so no need for speed ups. The "home of free HD".  I am on the digital tier which costs extra.  (wait aren't all broadcasts in digital now).  So what exactly am I being charged extra for.  Guess I need to pay them a visit. 

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mls067

While I agree with some of what you have said, I would really like to see the hard data on all of it--not just assumtions. I, myself, practically live on the web, including and not limited to Netflix. My wife does as well and my children did when they lived with us. I don't know how much "data" we use every month so I don't know if we even come close to the cap. In a way this feels like the days of old when people said 128MB of ram was way to much and we would never, ever use that much ;-)

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Biceps

mls, just log into your comcast account, they will tell you how much you have been dowloading.  I had always considered myself a heavy user, but was surprised to see my average monthly usage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 gigs or so.

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